Montgomery Canal Triathlon

The annual Montgomery Canal Triathlon is one of the biggest events to take place on or near the canal.

The Triathlon is organised by the Friends of the Montgomery Canal and is supported by the Canal & River Trust in aid of the restoration of the Montgomery Canal. It is one of the most popular cross border events, starting in Newtown in Wales and ending in Shropshire.

Now in its eighth year, this annual event supports the restoration of the canal and involves:

  • a 17-mile cycling section from Newtown to Pool Quay, including five road crossings where the canal was blocked after it was closed
  • 11 miles on foot to Morton, south of Oswestry, with two more road crossings at blockages on the A483 and three more at minor roads
  • final 7 mile section by canoe to finish near the junction with the Llangollen Canal, with the need to carry canoes past four locks which they may not use.
Photo of Sue Newham, then Mayor of Newtown with Gareth Edwards at the 2019 Montgomery Canal Triathlon
Sue Newham, then Mayor of Newtown with Gareth Edwards at the 2019 Montgomery Canal Triathlon

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the event in 2020 due to COVID-19 but we are looking forward to a bigger and brighter event in 2021. All entrants who complete a section receive a commemorative medallion made from local slate.

The date for 2021 is Saturday 8th May 2021, so if you want to take part, please let us know and we will send more details. triathlon@themontgomerycanal.org.uk.