10th Birthday Celebrations for the CancerCare Cross Bay Challenge!

on Wednesday, 01 July 2015. Tags ambleside, cancersupport, crossbaychallenge, fundraising, halfmarathon, Lakeland, nhsccg


Close to 500 runners, walkers and cyclists battled sea and sand on Sunday afternoon in a unique race across Morecambe Bay to raise vital funds for CancerCare!

With three events on offer - a half marathon, family friendly 7 mile walk and new for 2015 - a Fat Bike cycle event, our 10th Anniversary Cross Bay Challenge offered participants a truly unique way to experience the stunning scenery of the Bay and South Lakeland fells.

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One of the toughest courses in the country and the only known tidal race in the world, the Cross Bay Half Marathon drew nearly 300 competitors from across the UK and beyond. Our winners included:

Neil and Lewis

1st place was 37 year old Lewis Banton from Clowne in Derbyshire completed the course in a winning time of 1:22:12

Luke Beresford

2nd place was 32 year old Luke Beresford from Rippley in 1:25:15 

Caroline Baxter

1st place(ladies) Caroline Baxter aged 23 from Lancaster finished in 1:33:01

Kerry Oldfield

2nd place (ladies) Kerry Oldfield aged 38 taking the second place spot in 01:51:57

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1st male veteran Philip Lowery aged 51 (time of 01:30:24) from Carnforth and female winner Vicky Murphy aged 45 who finished in 01:51:57

Irene Frezzini

40 year old Irene Frezzini travelled all the way from Pisa in Italy to take part after reading about the event on Runners World; “I wanted to come over especially for this event as it sounded very unique. I enjoyed it very much!”

David and Louise McNicol father and daughter from Dumfries

Father & Daughter Team David & Louise travelled from Dumfries in Scotland to take part together – this was Louise’s first ever Cross Bay half marathon!


Philip Morgan

New for 2015 was a Fat Bike cycle event with 39 year old rider Phil Morgan from Carnforth first to cross the finish line.

Fatbikes setting off

Fat Bikes are basically the bicycle equivalent of a monster truck with two big balloon like tyres which float over obstacles.

Joel from Milnthorpe

Joel Porter from Milnthorpe said “I’ve never tried Fat Biking before until today and it’s absolutely brilliant. Morecambe Bay has the perfect terrain for it!”

A family-friendly 7-mile walk offered a gentler alternative to the day with 200 participants making the journey out across the Bay towards Cowpren Point near Ulverston led by the expert Bay Guide team.

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 On returning to Flookburgh foreshore the runners, cyclist and walkers could enjoy a well-deserved ice cream, beer and hog roast supper outside in the sunshine.

Sarah from Simply Special Cakes

Cakes were also supplied by our very good friend (and star baker) Sarah from Simply Special Cakes

Competitors could also take advantage of a sports massage to sooth sore & tired legs, provided by students from the University of Central Lancashire 

Alan Lamb from Sale Dragons receiving sports massage from UCLAN students

 Alan Lamb, Dragons Running Club in Cheshire said “I much preferred the route this year as it was much more varied and the views were absolutely incredible”

Everyone who took part also received a Cross Bay Challenge medal.

Medal and Post Card


James Brockbank aged 26 from Morecambe took part in the walk with his mum and dad, “We had a great day doing the Cross Bay walk for CancerCare! They've helped my dad so much so far this year!”

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Marek Bieganowski aged 40 from Carnforth said: “I suffered from Melanoma in 2012 which made a nasty and unexpected return in 2013.  I was one of the lucky ones and caught it early enough to be treated thanks to my wife.  The whole experience was a shock and we both used the services of CancerCare to help us through it.  We took part in the walk because we wanted to give something back and to say thank you for their help and support. I really enjoyed crossing the rivers, seeing some giant jellyfish and the stunning views all around – a fantastic day!”

Paul Debbie Sue and Mia from Silverdale

Paul Bromilow, Debbie McKormack, Sue Rendall and Mia Salgado from Silverdale

Neighbours from Silverdale said “We’ve taken part in the walk three times. We think it’s important to get involved and support a local event like this and it’s also a great way to enjoy the Bay.”

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Colleagues from Lakeland

Colleagues from Lakeland Ltd said; “Our staff team are big supporters of CancerCare and we were really excited to take part in the walk this year. We’ve had a great time.”


Jane Staniford, CancerCare Senior Fundraiser & event organiser said;

“It turned out to be an incredible day despite the damp start in the morning – a huge thank you to all our volunteers who helped to set up the event in the pouring rain in the morning.

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On behalf of CancerCare, I’d like to give a special thank you to Steven Manning and the Bay Fisherman’s Association guides for their support and expertise ensuring everyone crossed safely and to all our event sponsors including Ghyllside Cycles, Reid Hamilton Insurance, EDF Energy, Pete Bland Sports, Willow Water, Lingwood Security Management, Booths Ulverston and Fletcher’s Fruit & Veg.  As it was our 10th anniversary year we decided to try something a bit different this time around, adding new routes out across the Bay. So far we’ve had really positive feedback from participants who commentated that the views across to the Lakeland Fells were especially stunning this year. This year’s Cross Bay Challenge has raised over £20,000 for CancerCare so far which will certainly go a long way to ensuring we are able to continue helping local families affected by cancer and life limiting conditions in our local community - we are so grateful for everyone’s support.”

Nicki Audra Sue Christine John Jane Richard Andrea Declan Alison Mary Andrew and Adnrews wife

CancerCare staff and volunteers

 “Well done to all our amazing volunteers!”

Wendy Pat Penny Helen Pam and Tracey

Wendy, Pat, Penny, Helen, Pam and Tracey

The Cross Bay Challenge event has raised over quarter of a million pounds to date for CancerCare whose free support services include professional Counselling and a Children & Young People's Service. CancerCare has two dedicated centres based in Kendal and in Lancaster and also provides outreach services in local hospitals.

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