The journey around the ring will be completed in under 24 hours, with some of the faster members doing it in under 18 hours, with participants continuing through the night!
Boats are carried past the 92 locks and over the 5 tunnels meaning that in there is almost a half marathon of walking/running in the 96 miles of the ring (96 miles as the small loop at Red Bull is bypassed).
Boats start and finish from the Miners Arms at Bridge 18 on the Macclesfield Canal near Adlington Marina, Four Lanes End, between 8.00 am and 12.00 noon. They will travel anticlockwise via the Lower Peak Forest and Ashton Canals, Rochdale Nine, Bridgewater and Trent & Mersey Canals. A highlight of the event is carrying (portaging) the boats along Canal Street in Manchester on Saturday afternoon.
Boaters on the Cheshire Ring should be aware of the possibility of canoes appearing suddenly.