TEN-year-old Tristan Else and his Lakeland Terrier, Red, have returned from the European Canicross Championships in Poland with a bronze medal.
Canicross is a sport similar to cross-country running, except that the runner is hitched to a dog as they race round a course.
Tristan, who is a pupil at Lindhead School and is son of Scarborough RUFC forward Matthew Else, travelled to Góra Swietej Anny (Saint Anne’s Mountain) in Poland to compete in the two-day event against Europe’s Canicross elite.
Tristan and Red finished third overall, thus claiming a bronze medal.
A delighted Tristan said: “I really enjoyed the European Championships.
“I am happy with how well it all went and it was great to see how much Red is capable of.”
Despite his relatively young age, Tristan is competing in his third full season of Canicross and he is no stranger to success.
Tristan is currently in the top two in the national Canicross rankings and he has finished second in the UK Championships in both of his previous campaigns.
Tristan has enjoyed a great start to the 2011/12 domestic season, winning all of the events that he has competed in thus far.
Tristan added: “It has been another good season so far, I have won all four of the races that I have competed in.
“Red is really easy to work with, we have a great relationship and hopefully this season I can better second place and win the UK Championships.”
Tristan’s mother, Thelma, said: “Tristan has done really well but unfortunately he can’t compete in every national event because they are all held in the South of England and it is impossible for us to get to all of them.
“However, he is winning every event that he enters and still has a chance of winning the national title this year.”