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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. Grand Union Canal 145 mile Race (GUCR) 2021 Birmingham – London “The...

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 14 June)

14 June Following the new government advice on 28 May easing lockdown restrictions with social distancing measures in place, England Athletics working with runbritain issued their 12 June statement to extend the suspension of all road race activity within the UK to...

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...

LLCR 2019 Results and Retirements

Non-stop blistering heat was not enough to stop Alex Whearity claiming his third Canalrace win of the season in 22 hours and 55 minutes, taking the 2019 Canalslam title and setting the new accumulated time record. Louise Smart remained cool to win her first Canalrace...

LLCR 2019 Race Log & Live Results

Starting at 06:00 on Saturday 24th August you can see details of Retirements and Finishers on our new Live Results section. Start List. Below also shows updates of all goings-on in the form of a race-log for the duration until the last canalrunner arrives in Leeds....

KACR 2019 Results & Retirements

Leading from the off, Alex Whearity was oblivious to the heat on Friday and rain for the remainder, arriving in Paddington to take the win in a time of 26 hours and 15 minutes. Official results can be found here and the updated Hall of Fame here. 66 Starters. 24...

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