Welcome to the official website of Britain’s longest 100 mile-plus, non-stop, point-to-point, towpath ultra running races – the Grand Union Canal Race (GUCR 145), Kennet & Avon Canal Race (KACR 145) and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Race (LLCR 130). The low-key “Canalslam” totalling over 400 miles is organised and staffed by volunteers and maintained on a not-for-profit basis by Canalrace Community Interest Company.

Grand Union Canal 145 mile Race (GUCR) 2021

Birmingham – London

“The Long Run”

Saturday 29th May 2021 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.

GUCR start at Gast Street, Birmingham

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

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 (LLCR) 2021

Liverpool – Leeds

“The Trans-Pennine Run”

Saturday 28th August 2021 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”.

Latest News

Coronavirus Statement (updated 29 March 2021)

29 March 2021 The race permit for the GUCR starting 29 May, including Covid-19 risk assessment & plans have today been approved by the Trail Running Association; in accordance with the organised sport participation events guidance issued by England Athletics and the...

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 unattached. Please click...

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....

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