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Canal pairs championships 2024

The annual canal pairs championships will see a dozen regional qualifying heats taking place during the late spring, summer and early autumn across England and Wales.

Canal Pairs Championships Shropshire Union Canal

We would like to thank Paul Edwards for agreeing to volunteer to help us with the 2024 event co-ordination along with the various clubs and local organisers whose hard work make the event possible.

Entering the 2024 championships

The Canal Pairs is back for 2024 with Canal & River Trust once again managing the event. We have a variety of venues lined up across the UK canal network that will see plenty of bites and ignite friendly local competition once more, with the prospect of appearing in a large atmospheric grand final.

Our best estimate is that there will be around £8,000 in the final prize pot with the top 10 pairs being paid out.

Grand final 2024

Saturday 12 October - Shropshire Union Canal, Nantwich, Cheshire. Lead event organiser will be Ben Clarke.

We look forward to seeing you on the cut this summer and wish you all the best in the qualifiers!

Qualifying heats will not be deemed quorate unless a minimum of 11 pairs are paid up, and will subsequently not go ahead.


Qualifying pairs

Event sizeQualifying pairs
11-15 pairs6 pairs qualify
16-20 pairs8 pairs qualify
21-25 pairs10 pairs qualify
26-30 pairs12 pairs qualify
31-40 pairs15 pairs qualify
41-50 pairs20 pairs qualify
51+ pairs25 pairs qualify

There is no requirement for participants qualifying for the grand final to be members of Angling Trust or a Friend of Canal & River Trust.

Entry to the competition will cost £30 per pair, per event. This will be split:

  • £24.00 to the final prize pot
  • £3.00 Eventbrite commission
  • £1.50 event administration
  • £1.50 contribution towards the Canal & River Trust Let’s Fish programme

Full event rules can be found here.

2023 Canal pairs final results

  1. Ben Clarke & Richard Weaver 138
  2. Alex Clement & Alan Donnelly 135
  3. Gavin Mills & James Burt 130
  4. Richard Guest & Dave Lloyd 129
  5. Peter Gradwell & Jimmy Elms 127
  6. Kevin Clarke & Dave Edgerley 127
  7. Simon Wain & Luke Wrzosek 126
  8. Andy Pollard & Charlie Vallander 124
  9. Steve Broome & Ben Garbett 123
  10. Dave Gough & Paul Middleton 123

John Ellis outlines some changes for the 2023 Canal Pairs Championships

Last Edited: 23 February 2024

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