Welcome to the official website of Britain’s longest 100 mile-plus, non-stop, point-to-point, towpath ultra running races – the Grand Union Canal Race (GUCR 145), Kennet & Avon Canal Race (KACR 145) and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Race (LLCR 130). The low-key “Canalslam” totalling over 400 miles is organised and staffed by volunteers and maintained on a not-for-profit basis by Canalrace Community Interest Company.

Grand Union Canal 145 mile Race (GUCR) 2021

Birmingham – London

“The Long Run”

Saturday 29th May 2021 06:00 at Gas Street, Birmingham

Regarded by many as Britain’s premier Ultra, this is a 145 mile continuous race from Gas Street Basin in the Centre of Birmingham, to Little Venice in the heart of London.  Run entirely on the waymarked Grand Union Canal Towpath, the easy to navigate, and relatively flat route, takes runners through a variety of urban and rural scenery – there should be something for everyone.

GUCR start at Gast Street, Birmingham

Kennet & Avon Canal 145 mile Race (KACR) 2021

London – Bristol

“The Great Western Run”

Friday 23rd July 2021 06:00 at Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London

Organised on the same lines as the GUCR, this 145 mile race follows easy to navigate canal, river and railway paths. Competitors receive comprehensive maps of the entire route which passes through some of the best of English countryside. On the way runners “descend” the magnificent Caen Hill flight of 29 locks, a drop of 237 feet in 2 miles, one of the “Seven Wonders of the Waterways” and well worth seeing.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal 130 mile Race (LLCR) 2021

Liverpool – Leeds

“The Trans-Pennine Run”

Saturday 28th August 2021 06:00 at Old Hall St, Liverpool

From the Start at Old Hall Street Liverpool, to the Finish at Office Lock Leeds, the 130 mile towpath course follows the original Leeds & Liverpool Canal – Britain’s longest man-made waterway.  Although it passes through the heartlands of the “Industrial North”, the path is surprisingly scenic.  As well as the beautiful countryside, the route features the mile long Burnley Embankment (up to 60 feet above ground level) and the amazing Bingley Five Rise staircase.  Both are listed among the “Seven Wonders of the Waterways”.

Latest News

GUCR 2021 Results and Retirements

Alex Whearity successfully executed his sub-24 hour race plan to defend his 2019 GUCR title, arriving at Little Venice in 23 hours and 25 minutes. Melissa Venables blessed us with her smile all the way to win on her second go in 29 hours and 17 minutes. The 2021 Steve...

GUCR 2021 Race Log & Live Results

Starting 06:00 Saturday 29th May you can see details of Retirements and Finishers on our new Live Results section. Below also shows updates of all goings-on in the form of a race-log for the duration until the last canalrunner arrives in Little Venice....

Covid-19 Secure – Guidance, Policies and Procedures (updated 17 May)

Introduction This information applies to all involved including competitors, volunteers, crews, buddy runners and spectators; it must be forwarded to all those attending the event. If there is any question, contact Keith Godden on keith.godden@canalrace.org.uk or...

2021 Canalrace Season Entry Notes (updated 5 June)

5 June 2021 Entries for KACR 2021 have re-opened on SiEntries, both Supported (with own crew) and Unsupported (tended by organiser) places are available. 12 May 2021 Entries for LLCR 2021 have re-opened on SiEntries. Supported (with own crew) places only at this...

Coronavirus Statement (updated 14 May 2021)

14 May 2021 The Covid-19 Secure – Guidance, Policies and Procedures document for GUCR 2021 is now available here. 29 March 2021 The race permit for the GUCR starting 29 May, including Covid-19 risk assessment & plans have today been approved by the Trail Running...

How to reach Little Venice

Advice on finishing The 145 from a multiple Grand Union Canal Race finisher Written by Paul Ali. Welcome to the Grand Union Canal Race, a well-regarded classic British ultramarathon event. If you are running this event for the first time then you are likely to have...

Crewing

What happens on the canal stays on the canal Written by Russ and Sandra Tullett. Some tips and advice for crews to help you stay married or friends after crewing. 1. Always expect the unexpected. Some runners prepare well before the race some do not. Whatever type...

The Role of the Buddy Runner

How to get through your buddy running experience without losing friends or getting a divorce Written by Wendy and Alex Whearity. Below are some tips and advice for ‘buddies’ to help you along your Canal race journey. 1. Know what you are signing up for Being a buddy...

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