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Canalathon Ultra

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Sunday 24th March 2024

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Saturday 23rd December 2023
Entries Close
Wednesday 20th March 2024
100km; 50km
Entry Fees
100km Solo (per person)   £75.00   
50km Solo (per person)   £50.00   
50km 2 Person Relay (per team)   £80.00   
100km 4 Person Relay (per team)   £160.00   
Asst Race Organiser - Jacek Puzanista

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Canalathon Ultra 100km & 50km (Solo / Relay Option)  

A thrilling footrace across the Yorkshire & Lancashire Counties via the Rochdale Canal.

This event is held on an 'out and back' course along well-maintained canal towpaths with minimal elevation. Although the race is mainly held on hard, dry surfaces it is recommended that trail running shoes are worn. 

The opportunity to record fast, flat miles over Ultra distances is not often achievable and, for this reason, we created The Canalathon Ultra.  No navigation is needed, no hill climbing is necessary, just the hard-nosed commitment to get from point A to B. Our event races power along the Rochdale Canal from Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire to Manchester in Lancashire then back passing through historic industrial towns and stunning Pennine landscapes passing aid stations and feed stations along the way. 

Race HQ is based at The Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club and both races will start and finish here. 

Race Features

  • Solo, Relay team option
  • Free Car Parking
  • Baggage storage
  • Toilets, changing facilities.
  • Race photos
  • Water station at Feed/Aid Points (please bring your cup or bottle)
  • Due to each individuals dietary requirements runners will need to aim to be self-sufficient, however, there will be up to three stocked aid stations with vegan friendly drinks and sweet and savoury snacks
  • Live Checkpoint Timing
  • Marshalled course – NO NAVIGATION NEEDED
  • Mobile First aid and Sweepers, including emergency pick-up (only if needed)
  • Medal and goodies for all
  • Champ/Runner up (M/F) prizes in both Distances. 

100km (Solo / 4 Person Relay)

Start Time 07:00hrs (Sowerby Bridge) 
Slowest Pace to meet cut off 12.33mins per mile, 7:48mins per km

Checkpoints / Feed Stations   
Littleborough (distance from start 25km) - Cut Off time 11:00hrs
Ancoats Turn Point (31.1 miles, 50km) - Cut Off 14:00
Littleborough (distance from start 75km) - Cut Off time 16:00hrs
Finish (62.1 miles, 100km) - Cut Off 20:00

50km (Solo / 2 Person Relay) 

Start Time 08:00hrs (Sowerby Bridge)  
Slowest Pace to meet cut off – 15 mins per mile or 9.3 mins per km

Littleborough (distance from start 25km) - Cut Off time 12:00hrs
Finish (31 miles, 50km) - Cut Off 15:00

Spectator Information
Spectators bring lots of personal support for their fabulous runners and help invigorate the whole experience with their energy, happiness and great looking signage. Here's some useful info for them to get the most from the event:

If you are travelling by car, bear in mind that some of the checkpoint locations may not have car parking areas.

They can be accessed by parking responsibly in a nearby designated parking area, walking from the closest train station or bus stop, or by bicycle along the roads or canal.

There are several pubs along the canal. Several have children’s play areas and all serve food. See the pacing and cut off info to plan when to expect to see your runner.

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This event offers the option to purchase XCover, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Event Location:
Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club, Walton Street, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 1AN