Detailed information about the Cheshire Ring Race course and how to enter can be found on the Race Documents and Entry Information tabs.

Race Dates: 6th - 7th July 2019: The 41st running of this event!

Water: All racing is on canals – Macclesfield, Peak Forest, Ashton, Bridgewater, Trent and Mersey.

Race Start: Bridge 18, Higher Poynton, Macclesfield canal. SK10 4PF

Race Finish: Bridge 18, Higher Poynton, Macclesfield canal SK10 4PF

Organising Club: Macclesfield and District Canoe Club


Live GPS tracking of competitors during the Cheshire Ring Race will start early on Saturday 30th June 2018 and can be accessed here: 
More information about this technology is available here:

Cheshire Ring Update for 2019

96 miles of canals with 97 portages (five of which are tunnels) for kayaks or canoes, singles or doubles, “all the way” attempts or relay teams. (“All the way” classes for seniors only).

Online entries will open on April 1st. The cost per paddler will be £20 up to two weeks before the event, £25 for the penultimate week and entries will close one week before the start date. Non-members of British Canoeing have to pay an extra £5 for event insurance.

Each team (or solo paddler) will also be required to use a tracker throughout the event, which will be charged at £18.

Online entries only please at

There are no major rule changes in 2019, but we are introducing a 15 hour cut-off time for arrival at Broken Cross (about half-way). The race has traditionally been intended to be a 24 hour challenge and applying this cut-off time should ensure that competitors finish within 26 hours.

This year, the organisers will be providing a white light stick for each competitor as part of the entry fee.

Race overview

The Cheshire Ring Race is a continuous challenge race traveling anticlockwise around Cheshire, starting and finishing at Higher Poynton on the Macclesfield canal. The race is 96 miles long and has portages over 92 locks and 5 tunnels. The start is staggered, based on competitors’ estimated times, beginning on Saturday morning. The race is open to individual paddlers, crew boats, and relay teams using kayaks or Canadian canoes. Due to the continuous nature of the race all competitors must have a support crew.

The Ring Race is a challenge that is open to paddlers of a range of abilities, taking as little as 15 hours for a solo K1 (record set in 2011 by Stuart West) to the longest time of 33 hours in a touring C2. The route takes paddlers through Manchester city centre at canal level, past both Manchester premier league football stadiums, and passes through some beautiful Cheshire countryside.

Since the race first ran in 1977, MADCC has welcomed world champions, foreign paddlers, and newcomers to paddling, and seen many types of canoe or kayak paddled by young and old alike. There is a wealth of experience in the club to assist preparation – just ask!

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