RUNNERS will be able to take advantage of stunning views of Anderton Boat Lift and Northwich Woodlands by taking part in a half marathon next month.

Starting and finishing at the spectacular base of the giant lift, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, those taking part will also run through the nearby Marbury Park and woodland areas.

According to organisers, the race has been growing in popularity in recent years, with all runners and their families having free access to the historic lift both before and afterwards.

And with the half marathon expected to sell out, those wishing to take part on Sunday, March 8 are urged to sign up quickly.

Graham Wood, duty manager at Anderton Boat Lift, said: “The Anderton Boat Lift races are going from strength-to-strength.

“The site perfectly lends itself to this sort of event as we have both the space and easy access to some wonderful off-road running in the nearby woodlands.

“Contestants are also really interested by the huge lift, which is a fascinating combination of working historic structure and fun, educational experience.

“A pinnacle of Victorian precision engineering, it is also known as one of the one of the highlights of the British waterways.

“Before and after the race, all the runners and their families 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 free exhibition area.

“Children can also enjoy the Lift’s bespoke play area that incorporates design elements of the lift and its boating history.”

Phil Eccleston, Time2Run race organiser, added: “We were really impressed by the feedback on the last race, which sold out quickly.

“The lift is easily accessible from the M56, has ample parking and facilities plus great off-road running, and I think the half marathon will attract a lot of interest.

“Competitors will be individually chip-timed, will receive a bespoke Anderton Boat Lift medal and goody bag and all finishers can download a free digital photo.”

The 13.1-mile half marathon will start at 10am on Sunday, March 8 and costs £32 to enter.

Advanced tickets can be booked online at or by calling 01204 777800.