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The Cross Bay Challenge, in aid of Cancer Care, took place on Sunday 24th July 2011 and RF were proud sponsors, providing a free magazine for every runner. Cancer survivor Barbara told us about her day…

“No wonder

people vote this half marathon

as favourite, it’s unique and

well organised”

months of treatment I would see people out running when I was being driven to various medical appointments, and wished it was me out there. “Over the next year, I began to get

stronger and slowly started back at work. I also took up hill walking again at weekends. During the last two years I have raised more money for CancerCare doing the Starwalks. In 2009 I took part in Edinburgh Moonwalk, 26.2 miles through the night for Breast Cancer Care.

“At the end of last year I started to

increase my running again and took part in the Great North Run. Then I was lucky a second time in the London Marathon ballot, so I spent the winter training for that and was delighted to get under five hours, running 4:56. “When I had been too weak to race, I had helped out at the Cross Bay Challenge, checking people in on the buses as they travelled from Hest Bank to Flookborough; and with baggage collection at the end at Hest Bank.

My Cross Bay Race Day “One of my ambitions was to take part in this local race, as I live in South Lakeland which is close by, and so on July 24th I set off with a running friend to the start on a very hot day! “I was excited to be running and lapped up the atmosphere at the start, including entertainment by the colourful parachutists at Cark Airfield. And I was amazed to discover there were almost three times as many runners as there were in 2006! “I started at the back of the pack and

was relieved to find there was a cooling sea breeze and a tailwind for most of the way! The race across the bay means you do get very wet, especially as you have to wade through the River Kent. At one of the crossings the water was up to my thighs – I’m only five feet tall! “I settled into it, keeping to my own pace splashing through the sand and mud. The views across the coastal plain to the Lakeland hills were breathtaking and the snake of fellow runners in coloured tops looked surreal. “No wonder people vote this as their

favourite half marathon, it’s unique, brilliantly organised and the volunteers are amazing. Crossing the finish line in 2:17 marked the end of a very satisfying day, made all the better by again raising more funds for CancerCare, whose services I used during my illness. It was an emotional day for me, bring closure to a tough patch, but I’m delighted to say I’ll be back for more next year.”



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