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Run the whole of Regent's Canal

Regent's Canal in London runs from Little Venice, just north of Paddington Basin in the west, through north London to meet the Thames at Limehouse in the east. This challenge is to run the full length of the the canal, in either direction. The total distance is approximately 15km, and is pretty easy to follow as it's an almost continuous towpath from one end to the other. The only complicated part of the route is near Angel, where the canal goes through a tunnel and the path ends. You'll need to cut through Islington and meet the canal at the other end of the tunnel (it's worth checking the route on a map).

The route is a great way to see some interesting parts of London - the canal meanders across the top of Regent's Park past London Zoo, runs through Camden Town beside the famous market, then cuts just north of the new St Pancras International station, through Angel, then east past Broadway Market, Victoria Park, finishing up at Limehouse on the Thames. If you want to reward yourself at the end of this challenge, there are some really nice pubs for lunch in Limehouse.

Rules: To complete this challenge, you must run the length of Regent's Canal in one go - no stopping allowed.

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“A great run - I live in NW, and run the Grand Union and Regents Canal as far as Camden quite often. Running back from Limehouse was a really pleasant run, and as long as you do your homework in advance of arriving in Islington, it's really simple.”

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Vincent R Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Vincent R A canal route with great potential, and plenty of opportunities to extend the run further. Regent's Canal passes Victoria Park, Mile End, and Regents Park (& Primrose Hill on the other side). You can also run down the Paddington branch, which meanders its way to the Grand Union Canal (adding an extra 13 odd miles - next time perhaps). Would strongly suggest attempting this route when it is quieter though - I tried this on a late Sunday morning when the sun was out & spent a ridiculous amount of dodging bikers, other runners, dogs and groups of pedestrians who seemed to think it was fine to walk three or four people astride on narrow paths...

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Claire P Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Claire P I really want to do this challenge, but I don't live in London and I don't go there very often. Next time I'm coming to London should be to run the British 10 k, which means I will not have time to do that run... I remember walking all along the canal and back one day and I enjoyed it very much. That's why I'm hoping I'll be able to run this challenge soon.

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It was probably part of the canal rather than the whole length.

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Rose K Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Rose K @willr and I did 3/4 of this last night - the whole thing is in my sights!! Ha ha!
@andrew - when is the next TS Canal run??

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Sounds fun!! I should be able to run the whole thing by then!

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Andrew M Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Andrew M Here's a video I took of some of us doing the Regent's Canal challenge yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf7PgAsyJWc



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that youtube antishake tool really doesnt work like it should, just makes the whole video look melty. Looks like it was fun though.

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Will keep that in mind for next time I upload! Thanks Adrian.

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wicked, feels like I was there! well done team :)

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Andrew M Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Andrew M So then @steve, @jenna, @david, @simon, @joe, @rose, @willr, @sean, @zaparka, @h-lame and @stuart. @jamesuk, @ninjabiscuitm@nikos, @theplodder, @majicmonkey, @annaspanna, @sjeanmougin, @robreid and whoever else is up for the challenge. Are we ready for tomorrow? For those planning to run the whole canal (about 14.5km), please meet at the end of the canal on Limehouse basin at about 6:30/45. We'll set off at 7 on the dot, so if you're later than that you'll be playing catchup! My mobile number is 07870595470 if you need it. For those who want to Run the western stretch of Regent's Canal (approximately 6km), please meet on the tow path by the canal, as it goes under the tunnel under Islington (by Muriel st) at 7:30. We will probably be passing through there at about 7:50, so you can set off as we reach you and we'll all run the last 6km together. I've drawn a map of the route and meeting points: http://bit.ly/JKTHM8

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Andrew M Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Andrew M Right then, the date that most people could do was Wednesday 30th May, so lets take this challenge then. More people have expressed a preference to start east (at Limehouse basin) and run west to Little Venice. To allow people time to get over there, I would suggest meeting at Limehouse basin at 6:45, and starting to run at 7pm. Looks like the following people are in for some, if not all of the route: @andrew, @steve, @jenna, @david, @simon, @joe, @rose, @willr, @sean, @zaparka, @h-lame and @stuart. Sorry to @jamesuk and @ninjabiscuit that we picked a date you said you weren't free - it was the most popular. Anybody else who fancies joining us is more than welcome? @nikos, @theplodder, @majicmonkey, @annaspanna, @sjeanmougin, @robreid?

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Unfortunately I am not going to be able to make the run – the stitches in my leg may pop out. I would love to meet up with you guys so if there is an end gathering point for post run refreshments let me know and I will be there.

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I'm trying to get somebody to look after stuff, but as yet have been unsuccessful, so you'd probably be better to leave it at work I'm afraid. I think we'll try to run as a group as much as we can at an easy pace, although people are welcome to run on or drop back if they want.

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Sorry you can't make it Nick, but it would be great to meet you at the end. We'll probably get to Little Venice at about 8:30-8:45 or so.

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Rose K Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Rose K What a great challenge @andrew! I did my first 5k this weekend along the canal and it was great, this will give me something to aim for!

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Keep up the running, and I'm sure you'll be able to join in by the end of May!

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Andrew M Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Andrew M It's been almost a year since we did the Regent's Canal challenge as a small group of Tribesports users. I'm keen to do it again, and it would love it if some of my Tribesports friends would join me. It's a pretty flat 14k run. I've created a doodle for weekday evenings in late May. If you're keen to join in, please let me know when you're available through the doodle, and I will pick a date that suits most people:

http://www.doodle.com/fcxh294dgx9rzepr

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Definitely up for this one again!

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Arnaud L Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Arnaud L I completed it a second time with an awesome running tribe @Andrew @Benwg @Nikos @Steve @Stuartknipe. Many thanks for supporting us @Jenna @Joe and @Johana, great having you. I'll say that run, is one of the most interesting runs to go through in London!!! I recommend ^^

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Andrew M Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Stattogold Andrew M logged 14.58 km of Running in 1:14:07 on 10 June 2011
Completed this challenge yesterday evening with @steve, @arnaud, @nikos, @benwg and @stuartknipe with support from @jenna, @joe and @johanna. Managed a time of 1:14, which works out as marginally above 5 mins per kilometer, so I'm really happy with my pace. Next up, the Summer solstice 10km 2011

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No, I live quite near the Made by Many offices, so I called home for a quick shower and got there at about 10pm. Seems the party was only just getting going by that time anyway!

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@andrew had to shower and change - his nipples rubbed on the run, and he'd bled through his t-shirt!

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Jenna A Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Jenna A @steve @nikos @andrew and @arnaud setting off to take on this Challenge

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Have a great run guys! @nikosruns Surely not in jeans?

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Hope you showed them how it's done, 'Tribesporters'

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@nikos has come to London for a visit, and we decided to mark the occasion with a tun! (not me, i will be sat firmly in the saddle of my bike!) Fear not @jonbray, @nikos has his tights on under there, ready for action!

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Steve R Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Steve R Anyone in London - a few of us are attempting this at 6.30pm tonight @nikos @benwg @arnaud @andrew @steve with cycle support from @jenna and @joe - meeting Little Venice end here http://goo.gl/RJ3yu

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I saved your name for the comment - calling it out - most important!

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Looks like we might get a bit of rain - quite looking forward to that!

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My mobile if anyone has problems 07826947210

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Steve R Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Steve R Myself, @nikos @andrew and @arnaud are doing this challenge tomorrow night at 6.30pm - starting at Little Venice end (West) - anyone else up for it? (think @stuartknipe and @benwg were interested at one point?)

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yes I'm in for this! See you there at 6.30!

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Andrew M Run the whole of Regent's Canal Challenge

Contributorgold Andrew M Planning to attempt this challenge with @nikosruns, @steve, @arnaud and @stuartknipe next Thursday after work, starting at the Paddington end and finishing at Limehouse. Anyone else fancy joining us?

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that sounds good @andrew. I ll only have my 35Kg military backpack with me ;-) @jenna and @joe thank you so much! so 7 of us so far. ok cool

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@Nikos - I'm in for this! Let me know when you are leaving Shoreditch and I'll meet you all in Little Venice!

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@ben...let's wait until Monday, we might have one or two more people joining us, then we ll finalise the arrangements. Happy you can make it!

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