Organisers have said there is still chance for people to enter this year’s Montgomery Canal Triathlon - but time is running out.

The Triathlon, run by the Friends of the Montgomery Canal, are still taking entries with the closing date for potential runners coming on April 18.

The triathlon, which ill take place on Saturday May 18 will help raise funds to support further restoration of the canal. 

Christine Palin, Chairman of the Friends of the Montgomery Canal said, “The Montgomery Canal Triathlon is one of the highlights of a year when so many exciting things are happening on the canal.

“Once again Triathlon entrants are coming from our local area and from further across Great Britain: many are regulars who come each year, often bringing friends to join the event."

 County Times: Cyclists at the Montgomery Canal Triathlon start line in Newtown on September 4, 2021. Picture by Anwen Parry/County Times

The route of the event is 27 miles long  just over Marathon length.  Along the way entrants will cycle 12.5 miles along a cycleway-standard canal towpath from Newtown to Whitehouse Bridge, south of Welshpool.

They will then canoe five miles through Welshpool to Pool Quay with two locks where craft have to be carried round or floated down and walk or run 9.5 miles from Pool Quay across the border to Schoolhouse Bridge, Crickheath, south of Oswestry, Shropshire. 


Entrants can “join one or two sections or take part in all three.” 

Entrants who complete all three sections will receive a commemorative medallion of local slate printed in gold; those who complete two sections will receive a medallion printed in silver; and there will be a bronze printed medallion for anyone who completes a single section. 

Entrants will have the opportunity to be sponsored to raise funds for the ‘Restore the Montgomery Canal’ appeal.

County Times: A family paddle along the Montgomey Canal in Welshpool during the Montgomery Canal Triathlon on September 4, 2021. Picture by Anwen Parry/County Times

“As this is the biggest event on the canal each year we call on many volunteers to provide support for the entrants and make this such a friendly event,” added Christine. 

“We have a regular team who help with stewarding and transport, but we are always looking out for more. 

“Anyone who thinks that 27 miles of cycling, paddling and walking or running is not for them will be very welcome to join our volunteer team.

“The Triathlon shows everything that the Montgomery Canal has to offer: sections of canal which still have to be restored; the navigable section through Welshpool which has been open for 28 years; nature reserves specially created to safeguard special plants and wildlife – there will be more of these soon; bridges to be rebuilt in the next year or so with UK Government Levelling-Up funding; Schoolhouse Bridge, the canal’s last highway obstruction in Shropshire, recently reconstructed and open to road traffic.”