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: 30th June + 1st July 2018: The 40th 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

Ring Race GPS Tracking

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

Race overview

The Cheshire Ring Race is a continuous challenge race travelling 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 (note though that the race is intended to be completed within 24 hours!). 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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