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
HELD UNDER UK:ATHLETICS RULES AND WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF THE CANAL & RIVER TRUST, THIS NON-STOP 145 MILE RACE IS FROM LITTLE VENICE, PADDINGTON TO THE HEART OF BRISTOL. THE ROUTE TAKES THE GRAND UNION CANAL TOWPATH TO SLOUGH, THE JUBILEE RIVER AND RIVER THAMES PATHS TO READING, THE KENNET & AVON CANAL TOWPATH TO BATH, AND FINALLY THE RIVER AVON PATH, TO FINISH AT THE LIGHTSHIP JOHN SEBASTIAN IN BATHURST BASIN. COMPETITORS, WHO MUST BE 20 OR OVER ON RACE DAY, ARE RECOMMENDED TO HAVE THEIR OWN SUPPORT CREWS, BUT UP TO 50 UNSUPPORTED RUNNERS CAN BE CATERED FOR BY THE ORGANISERS, CANALRACE C.I.C. TRAIL RUNNING ASSOCIATION PERMIT NUMBER: TBC.
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.
KACR is the second of a three race series “The Canalslam” totalling over 400 miles. Each race can be entered as a one-off, but competitors completing all three receive a special award. Again there are no entry qualifications, but a schedule to fit the 45 hour overall time limit is required.
- Easy route navigation – detailed maps and a canal to follow.
- Plenty of support – snacks and drinks every 10 –15 miles.
- Transport for retirees – a lift to the nearest station for anyone having a bad day.
- Easy to meet cut-off times – simply in line with the generous overall time limits.
- No qualification – previous experience of just a marathon has proven enough.
- is minimum support, but with feed points at 11, 26, 41, 56, 71, 83, 98, 116 and 130 miles for Unsupported runners. Drinks available for all competitors at these points;
- has no first aid or medical backup, but provides transport for retiring Unsupported entrants;
- welcomes support crews, and buddy runners (not pacers) one at a time, on foot, only from 71 miles;
- has checkpoint cut-off times in line with an overall time-limit of 45 hours (i.e. to finish by 0300 hours on Sunday 25th);
- is limited to 100 starters in total first come first served. Places will not be allocated by a draw.
- The full distance must be completed on foot, keeping, wherever possible, to the recognised towpath route.
- All Competitors must notify Race HQ (Tel. 07778 550945 or 07780 685538) immediately on retiring (even if they have already reported this at a checkpoint) or if they drop behind a schedule in line with the cut-off times.
- Competitors must reach all checkpoints by the closing times printed on the supplied maps. They must leave within 40 minutes of arrival. (Ref. rule 4.) Competitors must reach the Whitehouse Roving Bridge (No 53) checkpoint at 71 miles within 19 hours 15 minutes, i.e. by 0115 hours on Saturday.
- Competitors will be deemed to have retired if stopped for more than 40 minutes at any one time. Competitors may enter vehicles for warmth, rest and nourishment, but will be disqualified if the vehicle moves. Any runner seen in a moving vehicle will count as retired, even if the intention is to return to the same place to resume, unless the vehicle is going to the aid of another entrant in difficulty.
- All competitors must display their race number to the front. It will be recorded at checkpoints en route. The medical form on the reverse of the number must be completed including emergency contact name and telephone number.
- All competitors must carry a mobile phone for calls to Race HQ; and have the financial means to sustain themselves in the event of breakdown of support vehicle.
- All competitors must carry a foil ‘space’ blanket at all times.
- Unsupported competitors must also carry the provided maps.
- Unsupported competitors must have one kit bag only, clearly labelled. For overseas competitors, and in exceptional cases, a maximum of two clearly labelled kit bags will be accepted. Competitors must minimise the size and weight of their bag, bringing only what is necessary.
- Competitors and crews must accept full responsibility for their actions (see Terms & Conditions).
- Entrants must undertake to inform the organiser if unable to take part (see Pre-Entry Notes).
- Buddy runners (someone who runs with the competitor) must not run in front of their runner, always beside or behind. If in front they will be regarded as pacers and pacing is not permitted in this event. Competitors may have only one buddy runner at a time and then only from Whitehouse Roving Bridge (No 53) checkpoint at 71 miles. Buddy runners must be on foot.
- Walking poles are not allowed at this event for runners or buddies.
- All runners and buddies must carry a torch, or headlamp, with spare batteries, and wear reflective clothing when on road sections at night.
- Supported (with own crew) competitors must have at least one support crew member with a vehicle from the Start; and for the duration of the race.
- All competitors must carry a cup for accessing hot and cold drinks at aid stations.
- Sharps, any needles, scalpels, or other articles that could cause wounds or punctures to personnel handling them, must be locked within a suitable container inside kit-bags.
- Buddy runners (someone who runs with the competitor) must not carry any food, water or other supplies for their runner, i.e. muling is not permitted in this event. Buddies must depart aid stations at the same time as their runner.
Registration, Start & Finish
Early Registration on Thursday evening 22nd July is open from 18:00 until 20:00 at The Bridge House, 13 Westbourne Terrace Road, London, W2 6NG (to be confirmed). Limited roadside parking is available nearby on Delamere Terrace and Chichester Road. Prebookable and chargeable parking is available at the Bell Street car park, 5 Bell Street, Paddington, London, NW1 5BZ (2.0 metre height clearance) or alternatively Q-Park Church Street, Penfold Street NW8 8BG (1.9 metre height clearance), both around a 15 minute walk. Travelodge London Central Marylebone is located at Harewood Row, Marylebone, London, NW1 6SE, a 25 minute walk from the start.
Registration on race day Friday 23rd July opens at 05:00 at Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, W2 6ND and is within 10 minutes walking distance of London Paddington railway and underground stations. Limited car parking is available on Delamere Terrace, right next to the start and on Chichester Road.
The Finish at the Lightship John Sebastian, Bathurst Basin, Bristol, BS1 6SG (to be confirmed), is within 15 minutes walking distance of Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station. Pay and Display parking is available at Lower Guinea Street Car Park, right next to the finish.
Aid Stations & Cutoffs
Race Fees & Refunds
Supported: £60, Unsupported: £90, including booking fees. Please add £2 extra if unattached to a UK club.
Cancellations before 31st May 2021 will receive a full refund. A 50% refund will be paid if the organiser is notified between 1st and 30th June 2021. No refunds of the entry fee will be made from that date onward.
N.B. If the organiser cancels the event due to the pandemic, a 100% refund will be one of the options provided.
Find out more about entering the 2021 Kennet & Avon Canal Race