Matt Baker: Countryfile star hopes new-found sport will help him overcome past ‘struggles’

TV presenter Matt Baker, 44, advised Countryfile viewers that he is been in search of a brand new type of train to maintain him lively, and he may simply have discovered one which includes his beloved pet canines. Matt admitted that with the ability to get out and about together with his pets meant he may overcome his operating “struggles” he’d suffered beforehand.

During the BBC show, he took half in a spot of canicross, a sport originating from Norway within the Nineteen Eighties, the place canine house owners run behind their hounds as they pull them alongside.

Matt met contributor Cushla and her canine Rocky, who confirmed him the ropes and launched him and his personal labrador Annie, to the harness.

“I’ll be sincere, I’ve struggled with operating within the past,” he mentioned.

“So to be out along with your canine and to have a objective to train your canine and be there collectively is one thing that I’m actually wanting ahead to!”

With excessive hopes, Matt was desirous to get a wiggle on however he and Annie quickly ran right into a spot of trouble as she was too effectively behaved to tug on a lead.

“I’ve bought the key weapon,” Matt laughed.

“The tennis ball!”

But Annie was having none of it and as a substitute the presenter needed to settle with operating alongside his furry pal as a substitute.

He quickly had his work lower out as he tried canicross with an expertise pooch, Chaos.

Bred as a sled canine, his energy and energy had Matt’s legs going just like the wind.

“It’s unbelievable!” he wheezed, as he ran alongside filming himself.

He puzzled whether or not one among his sheep canines could be higher candidates if he was to attempt the sport once more.

Elsewhere, an unearthed interview noticed Matt apologise for stepping down from his function as president of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC), of which he was elected again in 2011.

The dad-of-two defined he was struggling to search out time to spend together with his younger youngsters Molly and Luke, because of the challenges of finishing up his a number of work commitments – which then included The One Show and Countryfile – and stood down from the put up two years later.

The farming-enthusiast advised The Farmers Guardian on the time: “The challenges are attempting to get to locations and to see folks and show my assist.

“Yes, I can have conversations with folks wherever I am going however I feel the toughest factor has been knocking again all the emails which were coming in saying, ‘Will you come and see us?’

“That has been the toughest factor for me to see.”

He apologised and admitted he did not need to play the household card however needed to put their wants first: “I’m sorry. I am unable to get on the market and see you as a result of I’m so busy,” he mentioned.

“I do not need to play the old household card however I’m certain all of the households will know I’ve bought younger youngsters.”

He added: “When I’m not at work I’m attempting to see them. It will get very tough.”

Countryfile airs Sundays on BBC One at 7pm.

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