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Canal Canter

The Canal Canter LogoThe Canal Canter – five miles of flat racing from Victoria Quays in Sheffield city centre.
New for 2019 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 old bridge and a return to Victoria Quays for the finish.

Run each race individually, or run three out of the four events held this 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.

Enter the Canal Canter

How to take part in the league:

  • Enter at least three of the four races in 2019
  • 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 Accelerate Performance Centre : Injury Management, diagnosis, podiatry and sports massage…plus run coaching.

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 – 28th April 2019 – Results >>
Race 2 – 18th August 2019 – Results >>
Race 3 – 27th October 2019 – Results >>
Race 4 – 15th December 2019

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

You can enter online here >> or at the Accelerate Running Store, Sheffield.

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 – 18/8/2019 – Jacqui Herring 38:13

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.

The DIG Deep Trail Races are supported by:







Whirlow Hall Farm Trust

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Together, we help thousands of local children and young people to raise their aspirations and improve their life chances.

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Dig Deep 2019 – Results

Dig Deep is over for this year, and we want to say thank you to everyone who ran, marshalled and supported the event …

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