4 Jul

1000 Set To Cross The Bay

Cross Bay ChallengeOne of the most distinctive races in the UK, the Cross Bay Half Marathon, takes place this Sunday (6 July), with up to 1000 runners expected to take part. The event starts at Hest Bank in Lancashire and finishes in Flookburgh, Cumbria, crossing sand, sea and county borders.

Since being established in 2006 when 64 runners turned out, organisers have witnessed a sharp upturn in the half marathon's popularity, with the race being the only one in the world which crosses a tidal bay.

With views over Lakeland fells and Morecambe Bay, the event has become one of the UK's favourite half marathons due to its unique setting. Legend has it that the route dates back to the 13th century when local abbotts served as guides to travellers.

Sunday's event will also include a 7 mile, family-friendly walk, which starts at Silverdale and shares a finishing point with the 13.1 mile event. More information on the Cross Bay Half Marathon is available here.