Over 1000 runners are expected to make the pilgrimage to Morecambe Bay next month (Sunday 7 August) to compete in the 11th annual Cross Bay Challenge. Since it was established in 2006 when 64 runners turned out, organisers North West charity CancerCare 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 a firm favourite 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.
This year, the route will return to its original point-to-point challenge, leaving from the shore at Hest Bank, running towards Ulverston, crossing from Lancashire to Cumbria before arriving at the Flookburgh foreshore.
In addition to the half marathon, the event also includes The Cross Bay Walk, a 7 mile journey from Gibraltar Farm Campsite in Silverdale out towards Ulverston and takes in the scenery in a northerly direction. Also on offer is The Cross Bay Fat Bike Challenge, a course for cyclists who can challenge themselves on the unique terrain of Morecambe Bay.
More information on the race is available here.