Runner takes gold in dog race World Championship
1:01pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
LEAVING the rest of the pack tailing behind, a Barry man and his two pacey pooches have won a World Championship with a difference.
David Bird came away with gold at the inaugural CanineMax Canix World Championships, a 5km cross country race which competitors run while attached by a belt to a harnessed dog.
David, a 36-year-old plant attendant at Aberthaw Power Station, took first place in the two dog (male) category with the help of border collie Marble and German short-haired pointer Tia.
A four year veteran of the UK championships David became the first world champion by coming in with the quickest time over the two day race at Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire on Sunday, October 13.
He took home a gold medal while Marble and Tia were awarded a selection of dog treats for their part in the victory.
David said: "I could not have ran that hard without my great team of dogs, Marble and Tia who pulled all the way around.
"The event was well organised and the competition was of a high standard."
Event organiser Richard Cook said: "Pembrey is a stunning venue for this event, the weather was perfect for the dogs and we had a fantastic weekend of top class competition across all the categories."