24th March 2019

50km - 75km - 100km



Basic info

Date: 24th March 2019

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

New start locations (depends on the race): Rochdale Canal
Manchester – New Islington Free School, 10 Hugh Oldham Way, New Islington, M4 6EY
Sowerby Bridge – Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club, Turntable Works, Walton St, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 1AN

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

100k race gives 3 points toward UTMB qualification!

Prices: 50KM – £50 / 75KM – £60 / 100KM – £65

Toilets, showers and changing rooms available!

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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.

Each year we have done the Canalathon we have added to the race features, this year is no different. We are offering a camping option from within the grounds of the new Race HQ at the Yorkshire end, The Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club.  There will also be full access to showers, changing rooms, bar and food services, all in this recently refurbished facility. The Club was hit hard by the flooding in December 2017 and has risen from depths of the flood to become one of the shining lights within Calderdale Valley Area. We thank them for their support and its good we can give something back to Club here.

Race camping

Camping at the Race HQ for all participants and supporters!

* £15 per night per pitch (parties of 4 or less).
* £22 per night per pitch (parties of more than 4).

Key Information

50km Info

Online entry

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

Revised 50k Route to incorporate the new Manchester Start and the new Grandstand finish!

Start: New Islington, 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 Bridge Cricket Club. All bags will be transported to this location form whichever registration point you are using (see race itinerary)

Pacing & Cut Off Information

NEW 2019 Map and GPX File!How to download GPX fileCertificate

75km Info

Online entry

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

Revised 75k Route to incorporate the new Start and Finish from the New Race HQ!

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 2019 Map and GPX File!How to download GPX fileCertificate

100km Info

Online entry

3 points towards UTMB qualification!

(13 Hour Limit) 100 places limited Entry

Revised 100k Route to incorporate the new Start and Finish from the New Race HQ!

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

NEW 2019 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

Free Race Memento

Taped seamed reflective event Running belt!

Optional Extras

Medal £6 (with t-shirt £14)

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.

Running T-Shirt £10 (with medal £14)

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

If you choose any additional extra you can get a free Cannonball Ultra Multi Functional Headwear and String Bag!




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