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

We are sorry to announce that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Triathlon from 8th May to Saturday 4th September.

This is in view of the continued spread of the coronavirus and ongoing uncertainty about restrictions which may be in place next spring. We have had to consider safety risks to those taking part as well as their supporters and the many volunteer helpers who make the Triathlon possible.

A large number of entrants for the postponed 2020 Triathlon have deferred their entry, so available places for 2021 are already limited. Depending on developments in Covid-19 restrictions, it may be necessary to have an absolute limit on numbers and so, further bookings are not being taken at present.

If you would be interested in taking part, should we have the capacity, please let us know and we will keep you on our list for contacting as the situation develops: triathlon@themontgomerycanal.org.uk