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Kennet & Avon Canal 145 Mile Race

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Friday 28th July 2023

Entries Open
Thursday 22nd September 2022 at 06:00
Entries Close
Friday 30th June 2023
Support Types
Supported (own crew); Unsupported (tended by organisers)
Entries So Far
61 Participants
Entry Fees

Supported: £65 (Attached)   £67 (Unattached)
Unsupported: £105 (Attached)  £107 (Unattached)
Includes booking fee

Keith Godden
07780 685538

"The Great Western Run"


Held under UK:Athletics rules and with the kind permission of The Canal & River Trust, this non-stop 145 mile race is from Little Venice, Paddington to the heart of Bristol.  The route take the Grand Union towpath to Slough, the Jubilee River and Thames paths to Reading, the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath to Bath, and finally the River Avon path, to finish at the Lightship John Sebastian in Bathurst Basin. Competitors who must be 20 or over on race day, are recommended to have their own support crews, but up to 50 Unsupported runners can be catered for by the Organisers, Canalrace C.I.C.. Trail Running Association Permit Number: TBC

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.

KACR is the second of a 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. Again there are no entry qualifications, but a schedule to fit the 45 hour overall time limit is required.

Easy route navigation – detailed maps and a canal to follow.
Plenty of support – feed stations approximately every 25 miles, and buddies allowed from the 77.5 mile point.
Transport for retirees – a lift to the nearest station for anyone having a bad day.
Easy to meet cut-off times – simply in line with the generous overall time limits.
No qualification – previous experience of just a marathon has proven enough.

Course Records

Men: 25:48 Paul Beechey (2017); Ladies: 32:46 Wendy Shaw (2018)


Thank you for your interest to compete in the 2023 KACR. Entry will be complete as soon as payment is made on SiEntries (subject to correct Questionnaire answers). The organiser reserves the right to refuse entry with no reason being given.

Please visit the KACR 2023 How to Enter page on the website for full and up to date race information. Pre-Entry NotesTerms & Conditions and Rules should be read and fully understood before entering.

N.B. This event:

- is minimum support, but with feed points at 25, 52, 77, 99, 116 and 130 miles for Unsupported runners. Drinks available for all competitors at these points;
- has no first aid or medical backup, but provides transport for retiring Unsupported entrants;
- welcomes support crews throughout, and solo buddy runners (not pacers) on foot and only from 77.5 miles;
- has checkpoint cut-off times in line with an overall time-limit of 45 hours (i.e. to finish by 0300 hours on Sunday);
- is limited to 100 starters in total, first come first served. Places will not be allocated by lottery draw.

Note: Unsupported (tended by organiser) places are limited to 65 in order to achieve max 50 Unsupporteds by race day. Applicants holding out for an Unsupported place should enter on SiEntries as Supported (with own crew) in the first case, before contacting the organiser – an Unsupported Wait List will be maintained for those that get in touch, and places allocated on a one-out, one-in basis.

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