Full details about the Cheshire Ring Race course, rules, and how to enter the event can be found on the Entry Information page.

Live GPS tracking of competitors during the Cheshire Ring Race will start early on Saturday 6th July 2019 and can be accessed here: LINK TO BE ADDED CLOSER TO RACE DATE

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 compulsory portages over 92 locks and 5 tunnels.

The race is open to individual paddlers, crew boats, and relay teams using kayaks or Canadian canoes. SUPs are not permitted due to the conditions of the access agreement on the Bridgewater Canal.

Starts are staggered, based on competitors’ estimated completion times, beginning on the Saturday morning.  The race is intended as a 24-hour challenge, with competitors finishing on the Sunday morning. Due to the continuous nature of the race all competitors must have a bank support crew.



The Cheshire 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), but more typically taking around 20-22 hours.

The route takes paddlers through Manchester city centre at canal level providing a glimpse into the city's Industrial Revolution past, close to both the Manchester premier league football stadiums, but mainly through beautiful Cheshire countryside.

For contact MADCC for further information please Click here to email the Cheshire Ring Race Organiser

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