2019 date TBC

50km - 75km - 100km

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Date: TBC

Start times: 100k starts at 07:00, 50k & 75k start at 08:30. Please see Itinerary

Location: Rochdale Canal – Manchester /Sowerby Bridge

Limited places: All races have limited places so book early!

Prices: 50KM – £ / 75KM – £ / 100KM – £

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Race across the Yorkshire & Lancashire Counties

Racing across mountains, hills, fells and trails in Ultra-marathon distances is great for the soul, much like in our Calderdale Way Ultra. However, the opportunity to record fast, flat miles over Ultra distances is not often achievable. For this reason, we created The Canalathon.

No navigation needed, no hill climbing necessary, just worry about getting from point A to B.

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Key Information

50km Info

50km: Online Entry

(10 Hour Limit) 300 place limit – due to the popularity of this distance we have increased this limit. 

Start: Great Ancoats, Manchester.

Finish: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Route Description: A 31-mile Ultra-marathon across the famous Route 66 Rochdale Canal

Please note we have a baggage location at the Race HQ in Sowerby Working Mens Club. All bags will be transported to this location form whichever registration point you are using (See race itinerary)

Pacing & Cut Off Information

NEW REVISED 2018 Map and GPX File!How to download GPX fileCertificate

75km Info

75km: Online Entry

(11 Hour Limit) 75 places limited Entry – due to the popularity of this distance we have increased this limit. 

Start: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

Finish: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

Route Description: A 46-mile Ultra-marathon that is an out and back route from Sowerby to Oldham and back to Sowerby.

Pacing & Cut Off Information

NEW REVISED 2018 Map and GPX File!How to download GPX fileCertificate

100km Info

100km: Online Entry

(13 Hour Limit) 100 places limited Entry

Start: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Finish: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

Route Description: A 62-mile Ultra-marathon beginning in Sowerby Bridge, follows the route all the way until Manchester, turns and follows the same route back, ending where you started in Sowerby Bridge.

Pacing & Cut Off Information

Ideal as a qualifier race for other races.

This race has been awarded 4 UTMB points

NEW REVISED 2018 Map and GPX File!How to download GPX fileCertificate

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Chip Timing Results

This race has been run annually since 2014.

2018 Results


View the Canalathon Race Records

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Historical Results

View the historical results here

Other Results

Canalathon Extras

Exclusive Event Bobble Hat is now the FREE memento item!

Should you like an event T-shirt you have 2 options:

1) These will be available for £9 and you can have this as well as your hat.
2) You can forgo your bobble hat and have the T-shirt for a reduced price of £4.50.


After popular demand, we have gone above and beyond to bring medals to the Canalathon. These are available to purchase when you book online or you can edit your entry so that you can receive the much-deserved medal for your efforts.

Be A Canalathon Champion

Running an Ultra is all about the challenge and we wanted to keep on giving you challenges each and every year. Running your first Ultra in the 50km Canalathon is a fantastic achievement, but can you improve on that?

Can you go a step further and race in the 75km, and then the 100km? If you can, you’ll receive your own exclusive, free Canalathon medals board to proudly display your 50/75/100km medals. We had so many first-time ultra runners take part in the 2016 50k event that we have extended the cut off time for the 2017 75k event. We hope some of the first timers take on the 75k now the cut off is a little more accessible.

We intend to make The Canalathon a permanent fixture in your diary. With the Canalathon medals board, we hope to see you come back and add to it each year.

Canalathon Running T-Shirt

50k T-shirt on the photo! (75/100k slightly different)