THE popularity of the Man V Barge run shows no sign of fading with this year’s recent event a 200 sell-out back in January.
And the 2019 race, with an increased capacity to 300, is already almost sold out.
Organiser Wane Law, from TeamOA, said: “I have no idea why it is so popular, perhaps it is because it is a silly race with a fun element as all finishers receive a chip butty and bottle of beer.
“Word is spreading and we are getting entries from far afield.
“There was a large contingent this year from Liverpool and 30 have already signed up again for next year.”
The concept is for runners to cover the 4.56 miles from Marsden to Diggle quicker than a barge.
This year’s race was won by Tom McGuinness in a time of 33.28, runner-up was Jarrod Gritt (34.13) and third place went to Stephen Hall (35.28).
The 2019 Man V Barge is on Saturday, August 10.
Team OA has organised a new event for 2019, the Castleshaw 24 that is from the Castleshaw Centre, Denshaw, on July 6-7.
The idea is for individuals and teams to cover as many 5k loops as possible within 24 hours.
The Oldham Way Ultra takes place on April 20.
Entries can be made online at www.teamoa.co.uk