(it's not the same if you're not thigh-deep in water!)
...and I've just checked - in 2012 there were 561 finishers, 2013 - 408 finishers, (I can't find the results for 2014 at the moment) and this year only 178 finishers. Maybe they need to do something to bring the numbers back up again!
Hi Roderic. It was still a lovely run this year, but the channel crossings were virtually non-existent (not much more than ankle deep) and the route was just a 13.1 mile loop out into the bay and back. Also the medal is the same as the other three I've got as were the t-shirts (neither of which specify the year). As I said above I really wouldn't mind paying more for it to actually go across the bay again, and for a better medal and optional t-shirt. There was a feedback survey on the Cancer Care website so I've put my thoughts on there (for what they're worth). No info on the website as to dates for next year, or what the route might be; hopefully others will also be asking for it to go back to its pervious format. I'll still keep doing it each year though (legs permitting!), it's for a great cause and remains a pretty unique experience.
I've done this great race the last 3 years, and was really looking forward to it again this year. But woe is me! This year it doesn't go across the bay - it starts and finishes in Flookburgh (presumably going out halfway then back again, but that isn't clear). I know one year they had to do this due to the conditions, and I know there's a cost saving to the organisers (and probably therefore more money to the charity), but the big attraction of the event is that it crosses the bay, and goes from one county to another. I don't know what others think, but I would happily pay more in the future if it means restoring the 'Cross Bay' to its former glory.