In short: Marvellously bonkers event! In full: First timer so unaware what it would bring. Clockwork organisation to get you bussed to the start from the finish. Then a mad HM with only about 300m not on sand. Basically you're running on sand, sand and more sand - mostly wet sand with tidal ripples and about an inch of water. Ever so often you have to cross one of the tidal streams. Most of them are really shallow however the biggy is about 120 m wide and gets to about 80cm deep. I wondered why everyone wasn't going in a straight line across it, then you get in and there's a cheeky current. At about 8-10 miles it turned into slightly drier sand and the head wind kicked in. Then it snakes towards the finish on wetter sand with tidal channels again. Marvellous and friendly organisation by CancerCare. It's the first run where I've been able to see the lead runner for ages. After 4 miles he'd probably done six however could still see him as it was flat as a pancake. It was a bit weird as you looked right you couldn't see the sea, just sand, then if you looked left you could just see sand for more than a mile back to the shore.
In short: unique race that is very memorable and for a good cause In full: having run this the first two years, and then taken a break, I was very pleased to see the organisation had been greatly improved, with great marshalling and a superb reception from the crowd at the finish, which mad up for the quiet on the sands, bar the marshalls who all cheered me along quite nicely. Although dearer than most races, i totally appreciate the costs that must go into organising the event, and found the t-shirt a lot funkier than most (although i would take a medal any day of teh week). A great run overall. Date of review: June 9, 2010
In short: A unique race and truely wonderful. Looking forward to next year's already. In full: Thanks to all the volunteers who make it possible. Well marked route, loads of water stations, challenging and rewarding race. Love it. Date of review: June 8, 2010
In short: Exhausting but exhilerating at the same time! In full: Well organised race from beginning to start. A fantastic feeling crossing Morecambe Bay, challenging to say the least. Understandably thre wasn't much opportunity for spectator support out on the sands but the crowd support when you reached dry land (literally the last 100yds or so) was very lifting and more than made up for it. A big thank you should also go to the bay guides who were entrusted with our safety in keeping us on the right route safely across the sands. Someone commented earlier about the cost of the run and what you got in return but if you read the race information they send they specify it's a charity run and considering the cost of the coach transport from I don't see what the problem is. This run should definitely be on everyone's Bucket List but if you do enter, make sure you use your old trainers! Date of review: June 8, 2010
In short: Unique and challenging ; friendly and excellently organised. In full: Maybe I just had a really good day or I'm getting carried away; but I'd say this has been my favourite running event ever. This having been 6 [ SIX] minutes slower than my pb. Its really well organised from parking , then the coach over to the start , baggage tent , cup of hot tea at end and always a friendly helpful reply to any queries ; and NO I don't work / help with the race or know anybody who does. The race / terrain / setting is just spectacular like a very wet desert and school cross-country [without hills] mingled into one. Then wading through waist high water seemed to perk the legs up a bit and a natter with all sorts of interesting folk - I've registered for next year already !!!!! Date of review: June 8, 2010
In short: Wet n' wild n' great fun!! In full: This was my first time running the cross bay challenge and boy, what a challenge it was! The anticipation was immense and by the time we set off, I was geared up to go for it! There were several water crossings, especially the river crossing at about the 7 mile mark - it was especially challenging and the current was fairly strong. Overall, the race was great, could have perhaps done with bins on every mile mark to put empty water bottles in. I was happy with my time and even happier with the chocolate and tea at the end! Nice t-shirt too... Date of review: June 8, 2010