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

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. 27/06/2016 - LLCR 130 2016 places available
We've had a few withdrawals so if you know of anyone who fancies a longish run over the August Bank Holiday weekend - is the email address to contact. Thanks, Dick. 17/06/2016 - Canal Race News
New event and new Community Interest Company formed. 29/05/2016 - GUCR 2016 Provisional Results
After two previous attempts at entering it was a case of third time lucky for Andy Jordan, who stormed down the canalpath to finish in 25h 49m to be greeted by his very enthusiastic support crew. As the first 'first-time finisher', Andy Jordan is also the winner of this year's 'Run for your Life' trophy, kindly donated by Steve Philips (Dick's 'one in the bank'). 28/05/2016 - GUCR 2016 Retirements
98 runners made it to the Start at Gas Street Saturday morning. However, the following will not, unfortunately, be making it to the Finish: 07/11/2015 - GUCR 2016 Provisional Entry List
Thank you to Glyn Raymen and Simon Prytherch for their presence and assistance with the draw tonight. Below is the provisional list of runners for GUCR 2016 drawn from the 227 entries. Note the names at the bottom of the page to the left. Best. Keith [Updated: 28th April 2016] 13/07/2015 - GUCR 2016 will start at 06:00 on 28th May
The date is set for the 2016 Grand Union Canal Race - 06:00 Saturday 28th May 2016, Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Intending entrants should request entry information from putting GUCR in the subject line. [Updated 13th October 2015]

More News

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