CancerCare, organiser of the Cross Bay Challenge Half Marathon, has announced that the race will take a break for 2017 with a view to expanding the event for future years. Since being established in 2006 when 64 runners turned out, the Cross Bay Challenge has regularly attracted turnouts of 1000 plus, with the half marathon believed to be the only one in the world which crosses a tidal bay.
With views over lakeland fells and Morecambe Bay, the event has become a firm favourite due to its unique setting. Legend has it that the route dates back to the 13th century when local abbots served as guides to travellers.
The event has developed over the years to include a Cross Bay Walk, a 7 mile journey from Gibraltar Farm Campsite in Silverdale and The Cross Bay Fat Bike Challenge, a course for cyclists who can challenge themselves on the unique terrain of Morecambe Bay.
On the news of the event’s sabbatical for 2017, Christine Wardle of CancerCare comments: "We’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in the event’s success over the years, and we look forward to welcoming you back in summer 2018. In the meantime, we have lots of exciting events to get involved with this year including a Cross Bay Challenge Walk and a Badass Mucker Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.”
With a view to gauging interest for 2018, the race is seeking feedback, with the first five responses winning a voucher from Pete Bland Sports. You can register your interest for next year’s event at the Cancer Care website.