Hundreds Beat the Bay in aid of CancerCare

on Tuesday, 06 January 2015.

John Rocke5Nearly 600 people battled sea and sand on Sunday afternoon in a unique race across Morecambe Bay in aid of local families affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions.

Organised by local charity CancerCare, The Cross Bay Half Marathon Challenge is the only known tidal race in the world offering competitors a truly unique way to experience the stunning local scenery whilst raising vital funds for local charity. The event has raised £20,000 for CancerCare so far.

First to cross the line this year (in 1 hour 25 mins) was 26 year old John Rocke who travelled all the way from Aberdeen to take part in his first ever Cross Bay Challenge event.  He said: "It was a pleasure to take part in, although very, very tough! More importantly, it was great to be able to raise money for such a good cause. I can't wait to do it again next year!”

Carolyne Baxter with Chairman Robert Webb2First female finisher (with a time of 1 hour 40 mins) was 22 year old Carolyne Baxter from Lancaster (pictured left with CancerCare Chairman Robert Webb)  who was also competing in her first ever Cross Bay event.

And a special award was given to 80 year old Peter Ellison from Carnforth (pictured below right with Jane Staniford)  who has taken part in a record 8 Cross Bay Challenges for CancerCare.

Peter Ellison with Jane Staniford2A family-friendly 7-mile walk offered a gentler alternative to the half marathon with 250 participants making the journey across the Bay from Silverdale. Friends Emma Thomson, Beth Mason and Beth Child from Lancaster (pictured left below)  said, “We had a great time and loved stomping through the mud! We’ll definitely do it again!”

CancerCare help local families affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions living in North Lancashire and the South Lakeland and offer a wide range of free professional support services including counselling, aromatherapy massage, and a dedicated Children and Young People’s Service for children as young as three.

Emma Thomson Beth Mason Beth Child Lancaster4Jane Staniford, CancerCare Fundraising Team Leader said,

“We had a fantastic day for the event this year and everyone had a great time although conditions were very tough for our runners who battled against a strong head wide for most of the route – they should be very proud of themselves!

“It was also great to see so many families taking part in the walk this year. It was a record year for us!

“On behalf of CancerCare, I’d like to give a special thank you to Steven Manning and the Morecambe Bay Fisherman’s Association guides for their support and expertise ensuring everyone crossed safely.”

photo 11 3“All the money raised from the event will help us continue our vital work in helping local families affected by cancer and life limiting conditions so we are so grateful for everyone’s support.”

For more information about CancerCare visit or call 01524 381820. Follow CancerCare on Twitter @CancerCareLocal or on Facebook at ‘CancerCareCharity’