In short: Not across the bay, but still a great race! In full: A real shame that the Cross Bay Challenge was not across the bay this year. My fourth time doing this race, and once you set off, in practical terms, it makes no difference where you start and finish, but Cross Bay should be Cross Bay. End of. That said, it's still a great run. There's no run like it and of course I'll still do it every year. The channels weren't so deep this year, but the headwind was really strong. Extra jellyfish this year too! Organisation perfect as usual. I got a medal to match 3 I already have, so I think the medal should be better and different in future years. Same goes for the t-shirt, which I didn't buy as I already have one exactly the same. Overall it's unique and a lovely run, but please revert to making it across the bay, make each years's medal and shirt unique and yes, charge a little bit extra to cover that. Entry numbers seem to be going down, so please make it more attractive! I don't want this face to end due to lack of interest. (And RW - why isn't 2015 an option for this review?) Date of review: July 3, 2015
In short: wonderful atmosphere, brilliantly organised, great views, fun - unique In full: The organisation was faultless, they had thought of everything. Volunteers were cheerful and helpful, the sun shone and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. Having grown up in the area I knew the scenery would be beautiful but it's different seeing it from out on the sands - memorable. I wore old fell shoes which were ideal. It was refreshing and fun splashing through the channels, I loved it! And all for a very good cause, CancerCare. Date of review: August 2, 2011
In short: One to do at least once! In full: Superb weather,unusual but very runnable terrain[even most of the river crossings],lovely views,fantastic organisation and a great welcome at the finish.Worth travelling up from Brum for and will do it again in the future. Date of review: August 1, 2011
In short: One to do again In full: This was the second time for me the route differed from last year as we skirted the shore line more the river Kent was once again a welcome break for the tired legs its not one for new socks or trainers so it was the shabby old mizunos for me plenty of water stations (people still dropping cups and bottles)it has to be my favourite and one to do each year the finish line atmosphere is something else Date of review: July 30, 2011
In short: Loved it but it was tough. Unique. The estuaries were a welcome relief to hot legs (now i know why animals flock the watering holes in Africa). In full: One worth doing and would do again one day. Excellent organisation, ran like clockwork. Plenty of water stations (needed on such a warm day) and all the volunteers were brilliant, a massive thank you to them. Due to the terrain they were the only spectators throughout the race (and they cheered everyone along), until the end where, i have to say was surprised and uplifted to see so many people cheering the runners in. Date of review: July 29, 2011
In short: The best half marathon I have done In full: This is a great race in a really beautiful location (which enjoyed some fantastic weather). The organisation was excellent, and the marshals were some of the friendliest I have experienced.
Although it is not necessarily a PB course, the exceptional nature makes it a race that all runners should try. A nice medal and a warm welcome at the finish really make this a superb event. It beats running on roads any day!
Thank you to all the organisers & volunteers. I'll be back next year.