Saturday September 10th 2016

A 35 Mile Team Endurance Challenge following one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain.

Yes, it's back! After the success of the 2014 and 2015 events it has been decided that the event will run again in 2016. The Canalathon celebrates over 200 years of one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain by organising a challenge that will take you on an historic journey through the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Important Updates for Canalathon 2016

The Canalathon is essentially the same logistics as 2015 but with a few tweeks and clarifications.

The Canalathon is not a race but a challenge! The Canalathon is very much a team event and as such your team is required to stay together! Consequently you will not be allowed to leave transition areas or cross the finish line until all four team members are present.

If a team should withdraw before July 31th 2015 a 90% refund will be issued (10% admin fee). There are no refunds after July 31st 2016. See Cancellations & Refunds for further details.

All entries will be processed online HERE!

Event Details

Teams of four are invited to complete this epic challenge in under twelve hours. Teams consist of four people and a team manager! Team entry cost is £160 per team.

A good team needs a good team manager! You as a team are responsible for making sure that you can get to the start of the event, drop, collect bikes at transitions. Further details of exactly where and how to get to transitions will be released closer to the event.


canoeThe challenge starts at Pontymoile Basin with a six mile open canoe stage to Goytre Wharf. There will be two persons per boat which will be open “Canadian” style. Canoes, buoyancy aids and paddles are included in the entry fee.


bikeThe eighteen mile cycle section is generally flat and takes places along the canal tow path from Goytre to Llangynider. The path surface is mixed but generally hard packed gravel.

However expect some bumpier sections in places and the possibility of mud in limited sections if the weather has been damp! Most types of bike would be suitable but we would suggest sturdier tyres than normal road ones to cope with some of the ungraded sections. A mountain bike is ideal but suspension is not necessary.

You are required to use your own bikes but there is the option to hire bikes at an additional cost if required.


runThe eleven mile Run / Walk / Hike is flat and follows a beautiful section of the canal to finish in Brecon where you will be greeted by rapturous applause, entertainment at Brecon Theatre. All entrants who complete the event will be awarded a commemorative medal as recognition of their achievements.

Whilst teams are expected to look after themselves during the challenge, there will be opportunities for additional refreshments and food during your journey.

A good team needs a good team manager! You as a team are responsible for making sure that you can get to the start of the event, drop your bikes off at transition and collect them again afterwards. Further details of logistics can be found here

The Canalathon is a partnership event supported by MBACT, Glandwr Cymru The Canal & River Trust in Wale and the Inland Waterways Association.

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