Canal Canter Summer Extravaganza - 2020
As the name suggests, this is an out and back canter that takes place on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. The route starts and finishes in Kirkstall, about 2.5 miles outside the centre of Leeds. Whilst this flat route is not particularly technical, it’s a great opportunity to improve your own PB.
The Leeds to Liverpool Canal is 127.25 miles in length, stretching between the busy cities of Leeds and Liverpool. It is in fact the longest canal in the North of England and passes through 91 locks. The construction began in 1770 and was completed in 1816. For those who are interested, the engineers were John Longbottom, James Brindley and Robert Whitworth.
Foulridge tunnel, which is part of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, has some interesting folklore surrounding it. The story goes that a cow fell into the water at one end of the tunnel, the cow then swam the whole length of the 1 mile tunnel before being pulled out at the other end and was thankfully revived with Brandy. But don’t get any ideas....no brandy will be available to revive any desperate runners!
As usual, race numbers will be collected on the day at registration and the brief will be out one week before the event.
‘Eeh bah gum, dunt fall int cut, as we waint be cumin after thee’