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Jamaican sizzles in sled-dog race
Devon Anderson with his dog team
Devon Anderson "did really well" during his Highland race
A Jamaican sled-dog racer has taken part in Europe's largest husky racing event.

Devon Anderson, 42, who had never seen snow before, travelled to the Cairngorms to compete alongside 220 teams in the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.

Mr Anderson and his four-dog team finished 27th out of 40 competitors, with a time of 45 minutes, 51 seconds, around the Loch Morlich course.

A spokeswoman for the event said Mr Anderson had done really well.

The event included more than 1,000 dogs pounding the ground over the weekend.

The Caribbean is too hot for huskies so Mr Anderson trained a team of mongrels rescued from Kingston's dog pound.

He has done really well considering he has never taken part in anything like this before
Event spokesman

Mr Anderson also runs Jamaica's first dog sled team, which it is hoped will compete in the dog sled world championships and eventually the Winter Olympics in 2010.

This would be reminiscent of the success of the Jamaican bobsleigh team, which took part in the 1988 Games in Calgary and provided the inspiration for the 1993 film Cool Runnings.

Mr Anderson works for a Jamaican tour company and the idea for the team came from Danny Melville, founder of the firm, while he was attending a sled event in Canada last year.

The event spokeswoman said: "The course was mainly a forest track which went across country, so he has done really well considering he has never taken part in anything like this before."

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