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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.

This event comprises of 3 races-
1. 50km: A 31-mile Ultra-marathon across the famous Route 66 Rochdale Canal,
2. 75km: A 46-mile Ultra-marathon that is an out and back route from Sowerby to Oldham and back to Sowerby.
3. 100km: 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.

Review summary

2 Reviews
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Andrew P
"My First Ultramarathon and First Marathon. Absolutely loved it. Great..."


David F
"A good way to get into ultra racing as an easy course with no chance of getting..."
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How to enter the The Canalathon

  1. 100 Km

    Run 100km
  2. 50 Km

    Run 75km
  3. 75 Km

    Run 50km

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The Canalathon reviews (2)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the 75 Km in 2019

    My First Ultramarathon and First Marathon. Absolutely loved it. Great organisation, great support, fantastic medal and cool T-Shirt. Very good event.
  • Did the 75 Km in 2019

    A good way to get into ultra racing as an easy course with no chance of getting lost ,good organisation well placed stations an well stocked by friendly marshals happy to do again also easy to get to start and home from the end by public transportation.