One of the most distinctive races in the UK, the Cross Bay half marathon, has announced a change or route for this year's race on June 16, with runners now heading in the opposite direction. Due to the type of tide and the channels to be crossed - the route follows the length of Morecombe Bay - sand experts have recommended the route be run in reverse.
The change means competitors will be able to cross the channel in time, with the course now beginning at Hest Bank and finishing at Flookburgh. 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.
Since being established in 2006 when 64 runners turned out, organisers CancerCare have witnessed a sharp upturn in the half marathon's popularity. June's event is expected to attract up to 1000 competitors.
Registration for the event is priced at £26, or £28 for unattached runners. More information is available at the event website.