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: 24th-25th June 2017 

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

Ring Race GPS Tracking

Live GPS tracking of competitors during the Cheshire Ring Race will start early on Saturday 24th June 2017 and can be accessed here: Open Tracking: Cheshire Ring Race 2017
More information about this technology is available here: 

Race overview

This is a continuous, anti-clockwise, challenge race along 5 canals, 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.

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

Since the race first ran in 1977 we have welcomed world champions, foreign paddlers, and newcomers to paddling, every type of canoe or kayak paddled by young and old alike. There is a wealth of experience in the club to assist preparation.

Detailed information about the race route and relay change-over points is available from the website or the race organiser.

There is camping nearby - details can be obtained from the race organiser.

Click here to email the Cheshire Ring Race Organiser

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