This Saturday (20th October) we are taking our vintage van, also known as ‘Ted’ (named after our founding father), to the first ever Canine Run.

Organised by Simply Health, the 2.5k run which takes place in Portsmouth will see 100 dogs take part in the race, finishing with an opportunity to pick up a tasty treat free of charge from our Laughing Dog van. Our bakers have even made some very special hand-decorated baked biscuit dones especially for the run…!

British middle distance runner and recently qualified vet Laura Muir launched the 2.5k run, on Southsea seafront, starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade. Laura, who is the 1500m British record holder and World Indoor silver medallist, will be setting everyone on their way as honorary starter

She said: ‘I’m thrilled to be part of the very first Simplyhealth Canine Run.

‘As well as being a runner I recently qualified as a vet and know how important it is to keep dogs fit and healthy.

‘It’s vital that dogs get plenty of safe and fun exercise with their owners and for some breeds changing the usual walk to a run can be a really positive sensory experience.’

The Canine Run will be held as part of the Great South Run, which runs from Sat 20th – Sunday 21st October.

For more information, visit www.greatrun.org/great-south-run/canine-run

*Free goodie bags will be available while stocks last.