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.

This annual event supports the restoration of the canal and ran for eight years before the coronavirus in 2020 caused a postponement to 2021. The ninth Triathlon is now scheduled for 4th September 2021 and, owing to ongoing restoration works at Crickheath, will be shorter than the usual 35 miles at a special ‘marathon’ length of about 27 miles:

• a 12-mile cycling section from Newtown to Belan, including three major road crossings where the canal was blocked after it was closed
• 5½ miles by canoe to Pool Quay.
• 9½ miles on foot to the finish at Crickheath, with two more road crossings at blockages on the A483 and three more at minor roads.

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

This year, the Triathlon will start at Open Newtown’s new Riverside Venue at the edge of Newtown’s Back Lane car park and finish at the Schoolhouse Bridge restoration site near Crickheath. Unfortunately, this restoration work has been delayed to 2022 but the Triathlon will benefit from the site creation work already completed by volunteers.

Measures will be in place to mitigate coronavirus risks for entrants, supporters and volunteer helpers but these shouldn’t significantly affect the enjoyment and smooth running of the event.

Click here for the 2021 Montgomery Canal Triathlon results.