It will be best foot forward on Sunday 19 May, when Cheshire’s ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, the Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich stages another of its popular 10K trail and fun runs. Both runs will start from the base of the spectacular giant lift, with the trial race starting at 10.30am and the one-mile non-competitive fun run at 10am. The event is being organised by successful national race organisers, Bolton-based Time2Run. Tickets for the 10K race cost £20 (£18 if affiliated to UK Athletics) and £5 per person for the one-mile Fun Run. Advanced tickets for can be booked online at www.time2runevents.co.uk.
Timothy Turner, General Manager, Anderton Boat Lift, said: ”Last year’s inaugural race was a great event, attracting hundreds of runners. Not only is the Lift an iconic place to start the race but trail runners enjoy the course through picturesque Marbury Park. We also look forward to welcoming back our enthusiastic Fun Runner for what promises to be another great event.
“Before and after the race, all the runners and their families have free access to the historic Anderton Boat Lift’s site, meaning they can enjoy looking at the world’s first successful boat lift as well as taking advantage of its shop, tree-top coffee shop and exhibition area. Children can also enjoy the Lift-themed £50,000 play area. “
Phil Eccleston, Time2Run race organiser, said: “This is a great location to stage a race. There is ample parking, a large site for runners to gather, lots to do for waiting family and friends and most importantly, great off-road running through the woodlands. I think runners will find this event really enjoyable.”
Competitors will be individually timed and all runners will receive a bespoke Anderton Boat Lift medal and goody bag. A t-shirt is available for £10 and all runners receive free unlimited digi-photo downloads from Mick Hall Photos. Elite runners will also be part of the race.
The Anderton Boat Lift, owned by the Canal & River Trust Charity is known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ and is one of the wonders of Britain’s waterways. It is located between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal and is a fascinating combination of working historic structure and fun, educational experience.
Throughout the year, the Anderton Boat Lift offers regular boat trips for which there is a charge*. Visitors can experience how it feels to be magically transported through the Lift by this piece of high Victorian engineering. Alternatively, guests can opt for a special boat trip and learn about the unique industrial heritage of Northwich, a town that has made its living on salt for more than 2000 years. For the boat trip booking is advisable on 01606 786 777.