News

21 October
Rule #18 now added, as follows:
“18. 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.”

20 October
Supported (with own crew) places only now remain for the 2021 KACR and LLCR. If you had hoped to compete Unsupported, tended by our race crews, all is not lost yet – details of the Unsupported Wait List including system and the (currently short) list of names, can be found for the KACR here and for the LLCR here.

23 September
Entries for the 2021 canal races open from tomorrow, Thursday 24 September at 06:00 on SiEntries. Supported (with own crew): £60, Unsupported (tended by organisers): £90. Includes booking fee. £2 levy if unattached.

The option to enter more than one race, or all three for the Canalslam will be shown. In the hope of reducing daft questions later, the questionnaire there can only be answered if you have read all the pre-race information i.e. pre-entry notes, terms and conditions, information and rules. May I draw your attention to newly added rules #15, #16 and #17.

Entries for the London to Bristol and Liverpool to Leeds will be confirmed immediately i.e. completed as soon as payment is made on SiEntries; subject to correct questionnaire answers!

GUCR pre-registrations will take no payment, and the deadline for pre-registration is end of 31 October. Most places will be allocated by names being drawn from a hat in early November. All applicants will be notified of the result soon afterwards. Those successful will be invited back to SiEntries by email within a few days in order to make payment and confirm their place.

There are additional questions to be answered for the GUCR so we can record those intending to complete the Canalslam, and also to identify those persons that were unsuccessful in last year’s draw; who will receive an extra ticket in the hat. This time, all paid-up GUCR 2020 entrants as of 3pm on 25 March 2020 will have an extra ticket in the hat too, should they choose to re-apply.

To significantly improve chances of success at the GUCR draw, we encourage choosing the Supported (with own crew) category. Due to the high demand for an Unsupported (tended by organisers) place, versus the very limited places available.

At the GUCR draw evening in November (after the pre-registration window closes), 170 names will be allocated GUCR places from the applications received, as follows:

  • 30 Canalslam-hopefuls will be assigned a guaranteed GUCR place – the first 15 Supported (with own crew) entries and the first 15 Unsupported (tended by organisers) entries based on the date and time the GUCR pre-registration was made.
  • 120 names will be drawn from two hats, 60 Supported and 60 Unsupported.
  • Keith will allocate the remaining 20 golden ticket* places, with help from the Canalrace team.
  • * each year some places are reserved for those that have made a significant contribution to the GUCR over its 26 year history, as well as to help rebalance the entry list in the organiser’s eyes, should it be needed.

    N.B. all GUCR entry pre-registration data, including questionnaire answers, supported/unsupported choice, and intention to go for the Canalslam, are editable by each applicant up until the end of 31 October 2020.

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