Charities offered free places for first 10K and Fun Run at Cheshire's 'Cathedral of the Canals' on Sunday 20 May | Knutsford Times

Charities offered free places for first 10K and Fun Run at Cheshire’s ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ on Sunday 20 May

By on January 28, 2018

To celebrate its first 10K trail race and Fun Run on Sunday 20 May, the Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich, Cheshire is offering 20 free running places on its 10K trail to charities who want to enter sponsored runners. 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. For further information on how to reserve these places email,

The exciting new 10K trail run will take place at 10.30am through the nearby picturesque and historic Marbury Park, part of the 1000-acre Northwich Woodlands. The one-mile Fun Run will take place at 10am and both races will start at the base of the spectacular Anderton Boat Lift.  The event is being organised by successful national race organisers, Bolton-based Time2Run. Tickets for the 10K race cost £18 (£16 if affiliated to UK Athletics) and £5 per person for the one-mile Fun Run. Advanced tickets for can be booked online at

Graham Wood, Duty Manager, Anderton Boat Lift, said: “For some time we have considered holding a race here and we are delighted that this is now going ahead. We welcome applications from local charities that would like to fundraise by entering runners in the race. We have 20 free places and hope this will be a great fundraising opportunity.”

“Before and after the race, all the runners and their families will 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’s new £50,000 play area. We look forward to welcoming all the runners and their families for what promises to be a great event.”

The Anderton Boat Lift sits in a spectacular location between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal and is a fascinating combination of working historic structure and fun, educational experience.

Phil Eccleston, Time2Run race organiser, said: “The Lift is an ideal location for a run because it has ample parking, a large site for runners to gather and is located very close to great trails for off-road running through the nearby woodlands. I think runners will find this new run really enjoyable.”

“As for all our races, competitors will be individually timed and later we will announce the names of elite runners who will also be part of the race. All runners will receive a bespoke Anderton Boat Lift medal and goody bag. There will also be a chance to purchase a Lift-branded t-shirt.”

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.

The Anderton Boat Lift is owned by the Canal and River Trust Charity and was restored in 2002 after a £7 million restoration made possible due to a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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