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GUCR 2021 Provisional Entry List

Below is the provisional list of runners for the 2021 Grand Union Canal Race allocated from the 275 entries received. Competitors that have paid their race-fees to confirm their place can be found on the GUCR Entry List. Matthew Aitken Paul Ali Allan Anderson Lewis...

2021 Canalrace Season Entry Notes (updated 5 November)

2021 Canalrace Season Entry Notes (updated 5 November) 5 November We would like to encourage competitors with the following assurance – if the organiser cancels any or all 2021 events due to the pandemic, a 100% refund will be one of the options provided. GUCR 2021 pre-registration on SiEntries closed at the stroke...

Harry’s 1993 Report (the first GUCR)

Harry Townsend’s report of the first ever GUCR. This is how it all started. Birmingham to London 145.4 miles July 31st and August 1st 1993 The Grand Union Canal Race was the logical way to celebrate the opening of the first British Waterways Walk along the full...

2021 Canalrace Series Dates

2021 Canalrace Series Dates The dates are set for the 2021 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. Also see 2021 season entry notes here Grand Union Canal 145 mile Race (GUCR)...

GUC 145 mile Race Early History

GUC 145 mile Race Early History Left to right in the picture: Ian Hope, Dick Kearn, Geoff Worsley, Fiona Wycherley and Bruce Harding “The 145”, as it was known in its early years, was instigated in 1993 by British Waterways’ Bruce Harding to promote the opening of Canal Towpaths to the public as...

Coronavirus Statement (updated 31 July)

31 July Following the government’s announcement on 31 July increasing local lockdown restrictions in the North, we have the opportunity to support those living around the L&L canal route by avoiding our non-essential travel into and through the area. We...

GUCR 2020 Provisional Entry List

Thanks go to Caroline Farren, Paul Mason, Glyn Raymen, Mark & Nikola Coutts, Maisy and Cathy for their assistance at The Woolpack for the draw today. Below is the provisional list of runners for the 26th Grand Union Canal Race allocated from the 285 entries...

2020 Canalrace Entries now Open

SiEntries is now accepting entries for the 2020 GUCR 145 Birmingham – London, KACR 145 London – Bristol and LLCR 130 Liverpool – Leeds. Supported (with own crew): £60, Unsupported (tended by organisers): £90. Includes booking fee. £2 levy if...

Canalslam Result, Congratulations and Thank Yous

The 2019 August Bank Holiday was officially the hottest on record.  Despite the extreme heat, Alex Whearity, the hot favourite for the Men’s Canalslam Title with two wins already in the bag, stuck to his “no-sitting” plan, to claim a new series record, as well as his...

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