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Canal Canter


The Canal Canter – five miles of flat racing from the Olympic Legacy Park in Sheffield.

For 2022 we are combining the Canal Canter and Bradfield Bash into one league, holding two of each event through the year, with your best three times counting. Of course you are welcome to run just one of them if that’s all you fancy!

Race entry is £10 per event, or enter all four together for £35!

The Canal Canter is based from the Olympic Legacy Park, using the blue and white 100m track as the start and finish point. There will be signposts and marshals en route to make sure you don’t lose your way!

Check out the results of previous races here.

Click here for a map of the race route, and here for a written description.

Important – Due to ongoing works along the Canal towpath between Don Valley and Meadowhall, the May Canal Canter route will be amended. Click here for a map of the new route. Still starting at the Olympic Legacy Park, the route comprises of one loop of the Don Valley Bowl, then takes you along the canal to Victoria Quays where you then return along the same path to the OLP. Still 5 miles, still Canal-ly, still great fun!



Distance 5 miles
Date 22nd May 2022, 23rd October 2022*
Start time 10:00am (registration from 9:00am)
Venue Olympic Legacy Park, Sheffield
Prizes 1st-3rd M&F for those finishing at least three of the four races
Price £10 per race

*Important information: These are the dates we are hoping to run the events, however due to the ongoing pandemic some authorities are not accepting event applications currently, and we may not be allowed to hold them due to government restrictions at the time. Entries are open, and in the case of the dates changing runners have the options of racing the new dates, deferring their entry to a later race, transferring the entry fee to another of our events, or receiving a 75% refund.


Enter the Canal Canter

How to take part in the league:

  • Enter at least three of the four races in 2022 (two Canal Canter and two Bradfield Bash)
  • Keep the same number for each event
  • Turn up and run your heart out!
  • Your best three times will be added together to give a cumulative figure
  • The runners with the lowest cumulative times will be in for a running prize related treat!


The Canal Canter Race Series is supported by the Dorothy Pax : A relaxed pub on the quayside serving local and international beers, and loads of live music events.



We bring this five mile waterside race to you in association with The Canal and River Trust and the Olympic Legacy Park.

Course Records:
Men – 27/10/2019 – Harvey Martin 28:50
Women – 15/12/2019 – Holly Clifford 34:28

Click here for a map of the race route, and here for a written description.

Click here for a copy of our rules and ethos, which applies to all events unless specifically stated otherwise.

The Canal Canter is supported by:

The Dorothy Pax

The Canal and River Trust

We're the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways, because we believe that life is better by water. Our research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really does make us feel happier and healthier. That’s why, here at the Trust, we're working with volunteers and communities across England and Wales to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better. We know this will bring wellbeing opportunities to millions. Our work involves not only looking after our waterways, but promoting them widely to the eight million plus people who have waterways on their doorstep so that many more people benefit from our free, accessible and local source of wellbeing.

To find out more, visit

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