This is where you will find all sorts of useful stuff, including race reports, advice from previous competitors and much more.

This section of the website is divided into sections containing articles on various aspects of the race and Ultra Running generally. The most recent articles are shown on this page, but further articles are available through the links below:

Official reports
Competitor reports
The race
What went wrong?
Useful links


Latest news and information from the organisers

29/08/2017 - 2018 Canalrace Series Dates
The dates are set for the 2018 GUCR 145, KACR 145 and LLCR 130 29/08/2017 - Canalslam 2017 Results
17 runners completed all three Canalrace events to complete the 'Canalslam'. Below shows individual finish times for the GUCR 145, KACR 145 and LLCR 130 as well as the accumulated total time. 29/08/2017 - LLCR 2017 Results
Paul Ali and Paul Beechey crossed the line together to become joint winners in 22h 24m, while Georgina Harrison did it again taking her 2nd Canalrace win of the year in 29h 37m 24/08/2017 - KACR 2017 Results
After 2nd place at the GUCR, Paul Beechey went one step better to win the inaugural KACR 145 Bristol - London in a time of 25h 48m 28/05/2017 - GUCR 2017 Provisional Results
Sergey Ionov wins in 24h 54m and Cat Simpson becomes the new ladies record holder, finishing in 27h 26m 27/05/2017 - GUCR 2017 Retirements
107 runners made it to the Start at Gas Street Saturday morning. However, the following will not, unfortunately, be making it to the Finish: 12/02/2017 - LLCR 2017 Provisional Entry List
Below is the provisional list of runners for the 4th Liverpool - Leeds 130 mile Canal Race on Saturday 26th August 2017 starting at 06:00 from Old Hall Street. Note places are still available. 10/12/2016 - KACR 2017 Provisional Entry List
Below is the provisional list of runners for the 1st Bristol - London, Kennet & Avon Canal 145 mile Race on FRIDAY 28th July 2017 starting at 06:00 from Bristol Temple Meads. Best wishes, Keith. p.s limited places are still available 11/11/2016 - GUCR 2017 Provisional Entry List
Thank you to Baz Taylor, Gin Lawson, Mark Haynes, Glyn Raymen, Dick Kearn, Maisy and Cathy for their company and assistance for the draw tonight. Below is the provisional list of runners for GUCR 2017 drawn from the 215 entries. Best. Keith 01/07/2016 - LLCR, KACR, GUCR & Canalslam 2017 Entry
2017 KACR, GUCR and Canalslam series entrants should Pre-register on SiEntries. Or request entry information from Keith. For the LLCR Pre-register on SiEntries or contact Dick. Note our new Canalrace C.I.C. email addresses below.

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Official reports

The official race reports from the organisers

2007 Race Story
The official report of the 2007 GUCR
2006 Race Story
The official report of the 2006 GUCR
The 2005 Race Story
The official report of the 2005 GUCR

More: Official reports

Competitor reports

Race reports from competitors

Tim's 2007 Race Report
2007 Winner Tim Holsgrove's Report
Jason's Story
The GUCR 145 2007 – A Tale of Three People and a Van
Mat's 2006 Video
Mat Dowle's 2006 video diary of the race

More: Competitor reports


Tips from the organisers and past competitors

Vicky's Advice
Vicky Skelton, the ladies record holder, gives details of her training.
Training advice from Dick
Some brief training notes from Dick

More: Training

The race

Tips from the organisers and past competitors

Sue Clements's advice
Sue Clements shares some of the things she has found out through (often painful) experience.
Random Thoughts from Dick
Even more random thoughts - this time from me, Dick.
More Random Thoughts
Mark finished again in 2004 and has since offered more thoughts.

More: The race


Advice for support crews

Niall's Notes on Supporting
Niall Dinwoodie’s 2006 Personal Notes on Supporting
Notes for Crews
Some very brief notes for GUCR Crews

More: Supporting

What went wrong?

Reports from those who didn't make it

Steve Hague's 2005 Report
How and why I failed – Stephen Hague – Runner 97
Thoughts from Keith Curwood
As a first timer [when he provided this] Keith Curwood offered these points so that others may learn from his mistakes.
Random Thoughts
Some 'random thoughts' from Mark Pierce who was a finisher in 2002, but thinks he may have learned more from pulling out in 2003.

More: What went wrong?

Useful links

Links to other websites you may find useful

Running Clubs
Links to some UK running clubs
Other Ultras
Links to other Ultra Races both in the UK and abroad

More: Useful links