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 is organised and staffed by volunteers and maintained on a not-for-profit basis.

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.

Kennet & Avon Canal 145 mile Race (KACR) 2020

London – Bristol

“The Great Western Run”

Friday 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 (LLCR) 2020

Liverpool – Leeds

“The Trans-Pennine Run”

Saturday 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”

Latest News

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...

KACR 2019 Race Log & Live Results

Starting at 06:00 on Friday 26th July 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 Paddington....

2020 Canalrace Series Dates

The dates are set for the 2020 GUCR 145 Birmingham – London (26th Edition), KACR 145 Bristol – London (4th Edition) and LLCR 130 Liverpool – Leeds (7th Edition) Grand Union Canal 145 mile Race Birmingham – London 0600 Saturday 23rd May 2020 (Spring bank holiday...

GUCR 2019 Results & Retirements

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....

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