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Canal Canter

The Canal Canter is back in 2020 – check out the dates below, entries are open now!

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

The Canal Canter – five miles of flat racing from Victoria Quays in Sheffield city centre.
You can enter each individual race or complete 3 out of 4 events to be eligible for the Canal Canter League.

Starting and finishing at Victoria Quays, the route heads out along the Tinsley canal towpath. You leave the trail at the entrance to the Olympic Legacy Park running a loop that also takes in the Don Valley Bowl. You’ll pass the old Olympic flame from the student games and have the chance to sprint the new marked 100-metre track.
Then it’s back over the bridge and a return to Victoria Quays for the finish.

Run each race individually, or run three out of the four events through the year to be entered into the league and be in with a chance of a prize! Keep the same race number for the season and enter each event to be part of the league results.

Check out the results of previous races here.

Distance 5 miles
Date 26th January, 26th April, 26th July, 25th October 2020
Start time 10:00am (registration from 9:00am)
Venue Victoria Quays, Sheffield
Prizes 1st-3rd M&F for those finishing at least three of the four races
Price £10 per race

Enter the Canal Canter

How to take part in the league:

  • Enter at least three of the four races in 2020
  • 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.

Entry to each event is £10. A donation from each race will be given back to the Canal Trust ensuring the upkeep of the canal.

Race Dates and Start Times:

Race 1 – 26th January 2020
Race 2 – 26th April 2020
Race 3 – 26th July 2020
Race 4 – 25th October 2020

All events will start at 10am, with registration from 9am at Victoria Quays.

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

The route is an out and back starting and finishing at Victoria Quays, heading out along the canal, around the Don Valley bowl and Olympic Legacy Park, before returning along the canal. The route is marshalled and marked and stays on traffic free footpaths. 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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