Cani Cross | Black Diamond Torchlight Trail Canicross 2023
Black Diamond Torchlight Trail Canicross 2023 Cani Cross 5K
The trail race will start and finish in the event village and take our runners around the forest trails before welcoming them back at the end of their adventure.
The trail follows the same route as the Sandman Triathlon Sprint, only this time it's by head torchlight and you're running with your dog! The run takes place on the rugged trails of Newborough Forest. Running through the trees and down along the sand dunes is both wonderful and grueling. The last 1.5km is almost entirely on sand but it only makes the accomplishment all the more rewarding.
Canicross runners will have their own start line to avoid congestion with other runners. Please make sure your dog can be seen in low light conditions. Runners are limited to one dog per person and must use correct cani-cross equipment. Please see the event FAQ's for further information.
Early Bird Entry
You must be at least 15 years old to take part in this race.
Registration for the Torchlight Trail event will take place before the event on Saturday evening - we will confirm specific times in your Final Instructions, which will be available on the website and via email 10 days prior to the race.
Registration is usually located in the main Beach car park in Newborough Forest, LL61 6SG.
This race usually starts at 19:50 though this is subject to change. We will confirm the race start time in your Final Instructions, which will be available on the website and via email 10 days prior to the race.
The start line is usually located in the main Beach car park in Newborough Forest, LL61 6SG.
Cut Off Times
In the interest of athlete safety and the safety of our volunteers on the course there will be strict cut off times in place. A confirmation of specific cut off times will be detailed in your Final Instructions which will be available on the website and via email 10 days prior to your race.
The finish line timing will stop 2 hours after the start of the race.
- Poo Bags
- Dogs must be visible to other runners when running in the dark so they must wear a high-vis harness or lights on the harness.
- Dogs must wear an appropriate harness and be attached to their runner by a lead with some amount of bungee (this must not be longer than 2.5m at full stretch). A waist belt is strongly recommended for runners.
- You must wear a sufficiently charged head torch at all times for the duration of the run. Runners without a head torch will not be permitted to race.
- We would advise that you wear trail shoes with a good aggressive grip.
Further information about Canicross can be found in our FAQs.
All information will be detailed in the Final Instructions, which will be available on the website and via email 10 days prior to the race.
We hold a prize giving ceremony after the racing, approximate timings will be detailed in the Final Instructions however it is a good idea to listen out for any updates that come in over the tannoy. Sometimes the ceremony may be delayed and we wouldn't want you to miss out. We don't send out prizes after the event, so make sure you attend the ceremony and receive your big Welsh cheer!
Prize categories for the Sandman Torchlight Trail Canicross 5k are (for both men and women):
Overall - 1st runner
We are proud that all our events are bilingual. Signs, registration and commentary are available in English and Welsh.