Welcome to the official website of Britain’s longest, non-stop, point-to-point towpath running races, the Grand Union Canal Race (GUCR 145), Kennet & Avon Canal Race (KACR 145) and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Race (LLCR 130). The “Canalslam” totalling over 400 miles.
Grand Union Canal
145 Mile Race
Birmingham – London
23rd May 2020 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.
Kennet & Avon Canal
145 Mile Race
London – Bristol
24th July 2020 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
Liverpool – Leeds
29th August 2020 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”
Alex Whearity has crossed the Finish line at Little Venice in a time of 25 hours and 8 minutes and becomes the fourth fastest finisher in the 25 year history of the GUCR. Official results can be found here and the updated Hall of Fame here. 97 Starters. 52 Finishers....
Starting 06:00 Saturday 25th 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....
To celebrate the 25th running of the Birmingham to London Canal Race, we are holding a party! The venue is the Eagle and Ball pub in Birmingham; the date Saturday 27th April; the time 1300 to 2300 hours. We are hiring, and will have sole use of, the entire three...
Thanks go to Baz Taylor, Mark & Nikola Coutts, Simon Prytherch, Lucy Longrigg, Glyn Raymen, Dick & Jan Kearn, Maisy and Cathy for their assistance at the draw this evening. Below is the provisional list of runners for the 25th Grand Union Canal Race allocated...