BCNS Marathon Challenge 2017 – 50th Anniversary

50 years ago, the IWA organised the first BCN Marathon Challenge.

It hasn’t been run every year since, and over time organisation moved from the IWA the BCN Society – however this year is a bit special.

Enter the Marathon Challenge

Join in this friendly competition, starting at 08:00 on Saturday 27 May wherever on the BCN you want, finishing at 14:00 on 28 May at Titford Pump House.

You must stop for six hours rest some time during these thirty hours.

To enter – download your Entry Form, and send it with a cheque, to Roy Kenn.  (Address on the form)

Plan your ideal route

so that you cover as many miles and locks in the 24 hours as you can.

There are more points per mile or lock for traversing the lesser used parts of the system.  Download your Route Planner here.

Shortly before the Challenge you get an envelope that you open at 8 on Saturday, with questions, and a diary to fill in as you travel round.

The winner is determined by a point system, with extra points for full length boats, butties, small crews, cruising the lesser traveled parts of the BCN.  The details are in the Information & Rules.

Any questions, contact Roy Kenn and John Carrington via

All entries will receive a commemorative plaque on completion, and the winning entry will also receive a shield.  Additional plaques are available at a small extra cost – see the entry form.

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  1. Tuesday 17th May 2017

    Walked along the BCN Walsall Branch from Town Wharf to Spinks Bridge and up to James Bridge Aqueduct.

    If anyone is travelling along this route during the challenge, be careful. It looked like the branch of a tree was sticking up out of the water in the middle of the canal. Sorry but I can’t remember exactly where and it wasn’t a big branch but could cause an issue.

    Kind regards

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