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Latest news and information from the organisers
Provisional Entry List has been shortened.
Three runners have been removed from the entry list because I have not heard from them since requesting payment of race fee.
NB. The race is still oversubscribed, so please don't ask about a waiting list.
Confirmation of fee payment delayed.
Thank you to all those who have paid their race fee or contacted me to explain the delay. I had hoped to confirm receipt of fees by emailing route maps to entrants at the end of January. Unfortunately the number of unpaid fees would make for a lot of adjustments to email lists so I am delaying sending the maps until at least 7/2/14. Those who have not paid have been sent a reminder. If you have not received the reminder it is safe to assume that I have recorded you payment.
Email sent to all entrants.
An email, requesting fee payment has been sent to all entrants. If you are on the entry list and have not received the email, please contact Dick.
We're now on Twitter
Thanks are due to Keith G for initiating accounts for both canal races. You can now keep in touch via
https://twitter.com/GUCR145 and https://twitter.com/LLC130
The Canal Race goes North
We have decided to push ahead with Wayne's idea for a Liverpool to Leeds Canal Race. It will be approximately 130 miles long and will start at 4am on Saturday 23rd August 2014.
GUCR 2014 Priovisional EntryList
With thanks to Maisie, Cathy and Keith Godden for performing the draw; and to Paul Ali and Paul Stout for verifying and checking numbers, the provisional entry list is shown below. Click on the blue heading to view.
GUCR 2014 will begin at 6am on 24th May
The date for the Twentieth Grand Union Canal 145 mile race has been set. Intending entrants should email email@example.com before 31st October to receive an entry form on 1st November. Click on blue heading for more
GUCR 2013 Provisional Results
As the first 'first-time finisher' James Elson, who was first past the post in 29 hrs 10 mins, is also the winner of this year's 'Run for your Life' trophy, kindly donated by Steve Philips (Dick's 'one in the bank').
GUCR 2013 - Retirees
Unfortunately, the following have had to cut short their planned journey along the Grand Union Canal:
Lost property and BW key returns.
I am in possession of:
A lady's watch picked up at Springwell;
A pair of trainers and red hat left at L.V.;
A green fleece found at the start.
I am happy to return all items - just let me know where to.
Deposits for BW keys can be claimed by returning the key to 16 Burrell Road Compton RG20 6NS. Please separate the three parts and tape them to a sheet of paper. Don't forget to say who they're from! (Keys can be kept if required for future GUCR use or training runs on the towpath. Return is not compulsory.)
Massive thanks to all involved.
To everyone involved in the 2012 edition of GUCR I wish simply to thank you all for your support. I am overwhelmed by the kindness everyone has shown in accepting the dreadful weather conditions and our limited facilities.
At the moment I am still suffering from lack of sleep and of course unpacking soaked equipment takes longer than when it's dry. I hope to catch up with all emails, t-shirt orders, key returns, certificates, checkpoint timings and the "Hall of Fame" before too long, but I hope you can bear with me in the meantime.
Very best wishes to you all, Dick.
Victorious, Happy and Glorious!
Garscube Harriers' Debbie Martin-Consani wins the 'triple crown' this Jubilee weekend - 1st Finisher; 1st Lady; and recipient of the Steve Philips 'Run for your Life' Trophy (awarded to the first first-time finisher) in a new ladies' record time of 28 hours 1 minute!
97 starters at Gas Street
A total of 97 runners were at the Start at Gas Street this morning.
The following is a list of reported retirements, in the order in which they have been notified to me, but not necessarily in chronological order:
Race Numbers and Maps Issued
Race numbers were posted to all entrants two weeks ago. If you have not received your number, and the documents sent with it, please contact Dick as soon as possible.
If you have received the information, but have not responded, please do so now.
Revised Entry List
Click blue heading to view. Note that numbers may change.
The best GUCR news ever.
Steve Phillips, who collapsed during GUCR 2009 and was diagnosed to have four tumours that could have caused his sudden death had they remained undetected, is now well enough to be running again. Despite prolonged intensive therapy and suffering many setbacks, including a major stroke, Steve will be running the Manchester Marathon at the end of April as a prelude to an incredible Coast to Coast attempt in June.
2012 Entry List shortened.
The 3 listed entrants who have not paid the entry fee or made contact to defer payment, have been removed from the entry list.
The Eighteenth GUCR will start at 6am on 2nd June 2012
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations mean that the 2012 race will begin a week later than usual. Entry fees are held at £45 for runners with their own support and £70 for the unsupported runners that we look after. For entry details, click on the blue headline .
Pat Robbins wins GUCR 2011! Full Result.
Pat Robbins (Zoom Tri Club) has once again smashed his own GUCR record, and achieved his fourth consecutive win, in a time of 25hrs 37mins. Dick reports he was "going like a train" as he crossed the line, looking like he was out for a normal Sunday morning sprint!
1st Lady, and 3rd overall, Claire Shelley is this year's winner of the 'Steve Phillips Run for Life Trophy' as the first, first-time finisher.
GUCR 2011 Retirees
There were 92 starters at Gas Street Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the following have had to retire:
Marvellous Mimi's at it again!
Mimi Anderson has just set a new world 7 day treadmill record in aid of Help for Heroes. Updates and a video of her 2010 GUCR success at www.marvellousmimi.com and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7KScazG3Ko
PAT ROBBINS WINS GUCR2010
Pat Robbins has defended his title, and equalled his own record set last year, crossing the Finish line at Little Venice in a time of 26hrs and 24 minutes. Mimi Anderson smashed the ladies record to finish in 28hrs and 12mins.(Click title to view Result.)
The winner of the Steve Phillips "Run For Life" Trophy for the first first-time GUCR runner to finish, was Robert Treadwell.
Another new site for Ultrarunners
Two times canalrunner Brian New, has provided this link to a his new site aimed at those of us inclined towards the longer distances.
Pat Robbins has smashed his own GUCR record, completing the 2009 event in 26hrs:24mins.
New Ultra Scene Website
Keith Godden, one of this year's entrants, has provided a link to his site that will be of interest to all ultrarunners. Go to www.ultramarathonrunning.com to see what I mean.
Pat Robbins (Zoom Tri Club) has set a new GUCR record at 27:01.
29 GUCR08 Finishers
29 out of the 75 runners who started at Gas Street on Saturday morning have made it to the Finish at Little Venice.
Problems Obtaining GEOprojects Maps
Neil Ratcliffe at the Canal Shop now has the GEOprojects maps 1 & 3 available. You can shop online from
One or two entrants have asked about cheap hotels within a reasonable distance of the Finish. Since posting a request yesterday, Jason has emailed with details listed in the main body of this item. Many thanks Jason.