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Byline: By Kerry Beadling

FOUR-LEGGED friends from Coventry and Warwickshire have been competing in the country's most prestigious dog show.

As thousands of dogs and even more people descended on the NEC for the start of Crufts yesterday, one of two adult teams representing Nuneaton Dog Training Club took part in their first event.

They were involved in the flyball competition, where a team of four dogs race head-to-head against another team over jumps, collect a ball and return over the jumps.

The Nuns on the Runs team is made up of three Coventry handlers and their dogs - Brian Gladstone and his daughter Lyndsay, of Farren Road, Wyken, and Eileen Durrans, of Parry Road, Wyken - as well as Sharon Rose, from Hinckley and Richard Satchwell, from Tamworth.

The Nuneaton Titans, three-time winners of the flyball title at Crufts, will be competing today.

If the teams, who all train at the Nuneaton Dog Training Club in Hinckley Road, make it through, they will progress to the semifinals tomorrow morning for the chance to compete in tomorrow afternoon's final.

The Young Nuns, Nuneaton's junior team where all the handlers are under 25, will also be hoping for glory when they compete in the Young Kennel Club ring from 9.30am tomorrow.

The flyball final will televised tomorrow evening as part of the BBC's coverage of the event. About 24,000 dogs will take part in Crufts, which is regarded as the greatest dog show in the world.

About 140,000 visitors are expected to attend the show.


VISITORS to Crufts are being advised to allow plenty of time to get to the event.

The Highways Agency said it expected major roads and motorways in the area to be busy for the duration of the event.

The M42 at junction 6 near the NEC is expected to be particularly busy.

The agency, which manages motorways and major roads in England, is also advising drivers to keep up-to-date with the latest road conditions on radio travel bulletins while they are on the road.

Drivers can get up-to-the-minute information by phoning the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30 or by logging on to


TUCKING IN... A working golden retriever sits beside its owner on the first day of the show at the NEC.; I WEAR HUSH PUPPIES... An amusing shot at the show (above).; CHAMP... Adele Bray, aged four, (left) pets current agility champion, miniature poodle Portia.; IN THE DOGHOUSE... Chip, a one-year-old poodle collie-cross sits in his cage.; DOWN IN THE MOUTH... A pointer looking glum at the show.; SUPREME AGILITY... Ag Chlumarlite Selena Tiger At Upanova weaves his way through the obstacle course.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 9, 2007
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