Sat 16 Mar 2024 Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK Entries closed

Spring Canal Canter Day 1 | Marathon

Fast, flat, PB-grabbing event on traffic-free trails and the canal towpath with a bespoke medal and treats at the finish line. All levels of runner welcome.

  • Sat 16 Mar 2024
  • Entries closed
Broad Lane (canal side), Leeds




Age 19 & over

  • 26.2 miles trail running


If you like beautiful races in beautiful places, like fun, like medals and like goodies then this event is for you. 

You'll enjoy post-race treats as well as a bespoke finishers medal.

It's Grim Up North

This event is part of the It's Grim Up North calendar of runs, offering a range of distances and levels of difficulty so there is something for everyone.

Famous for its low-key approach, all runners will be greeted with a warm smile and friendly chat.

The aim is to get you out running, help you enjoy the beautiful countryside with great camaraderie and for you to experience the sense of well-being you get when you cross that finish line.

Having completed your race the type of goodies everyone wants will await you!

You'll be shown that the North is anything but Grim.

This event is part of Spring Canal Canter Day 1.

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Newcomers

Difficulty rating

1/5 not so grim


  • 07:45 | Registration opens for 5K
  • 07:45 | Registration opens for early bird ultra and marathon upon request
  • 08:30 | Registration opens for all other distances

Shoe type

Road shoes.

  • Bag storage
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Broad Lane (canal side)
Broad Lane
Kirkstall Avenue
West Yorkshire


There is no parking at the start and finish area, please find parking in the surrounding streets or free parking at the local Morrisons Supermarket as indicated on the map.

  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Flat
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • No headphones
  • Out and back
  • PB
  • Single start
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Way markers

Traffic free

The entire course is traffic free.


There will be water/feed stations approx. every 3 miles and marshals at the turnaround points. 

Cut off time

6.5 hours.


The use of headphones is not endorsed for the following safety reasons:

  • Runners cannot always hear the marshals’ instructions
  • Runners may not hear cyclists behind them and stray into their path
  • Bone conduction earphones are allowed

  • Bring your own cup

This is cupless event. All runners are requested to bring their own labeled, reusable cup or bottle.

  • Chip timing
  • Map
  • Medal


  • It's Grim Up North running experience
  • Unique medal design
  • Lots of lovely things at the finish line

  • Age 19 & over
  • Entries closed
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available

Refer a friend

Its Grim Up North Running are now pleased to be able to offer lovely runners an extra benefit, there's now offer a refer a friend scheme that will earn you monies that can be used on your next race.

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