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Sunday 26th March 2017

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Friday 8th April 2016 at 09:00
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Sunday 19th March 2017
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343 Participants
Entry Fees
50 Km   £55.00   
75 Km   £60.00   
100 Km   £65.00   
Event Organiser - John Lloyd
07583 997329

Canal ULTRA MARATHONS across Lancashire & Yorkshire.

3 different options all-finishing in Sowerby Bridge, transport available to start of 50km from Sowerby Bridge.  

The Canalathon 50KM option is 31-mile flat Ultra Marathon across the Famous Rochdale Canal Route 66 and starts from Manchester Great Ancoats just outside of the city center.

The Canalathon 75KM option is a 46mile is an out and back course from Sowerby Bridge to Oldham and back to Sowerby Bridge. 

The 100km option is 62 miles and starts from Sowerby Bridge runs to Manchester, turns and returns on the same Route to the finish in Sowerby Bridge.

The races run through both the Roses Counties of Manchester (Lancashire) and finish in Sowerby Bridge (west Yorkshire).  They are flat, require no navigation and are point-to-point races.  They are ideal first Ultras, great preparation for marathon runners and are fast courses for the experienced Ultra runner/road runner. They will also help you prepare for other longer Ultras, such as the Calderdale Way Ultra and Lakeland 50 or up and coming road marathons such as London.  Or you can start at the 50km and eventually build up to the 100KM.

Don’t forget Amazing prizes and Quality Runner friendly Marshals.  Its all there folks !! 


*Price does not include transport, should you wish to use this option please see below.

All prices reflect the professional nature of the event, the health and safety precautions taken and the additional planning and preparation that running an event backed by UKA needs.


  1. Free commemorative T-shirt.

  2. Free aid stations at 10-mile intervals and one additional station with 5 miles to go. 

  3. Fully stockd aid stations including savoury food and energy based food and drinks (see list for details on our site)

  4. Chip Timing.

  5. Fully marked and marshaled course – NO NAVIGATION REQUIRED!!

  6. Changing facilities.

  7. Additional free gifts from our sponsors.

  8. Mobile first aid and sweepers, including pick up bus (there only if you need it).

  9. Experienced marshals all who are runners or walkers or have worked on events for years.

  10. Baggage transportation from start to finish and safe storage.

Routes are visible and can be downloaded as GPX files if you have a suitable device.

Good run guide – 50 km option

Good run guide – 75 km option

Good run guide – 100 km option

Prizes totaling over £1400.

For 50km.  1st prize is £100, second £70, third £50 vouchers.
For 75km   1st prize is £120, second £90, third £65 vouchers.
For 100km  1st prize is £140, second £100, third £75 vouchers.

Age Cat prizes will also be awarded in 10 year Categories for V40,V50,V60 men and women (unless they have already won their cat by winning a place prize). Prizes will not be posted on and you must be present at prize giving to receive them.

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