The Fernley takes place on New Year’s Day around Southport, including a swim through Marine Lake

Crowds of people are expected to watch waders make their way across Marine Lake on New Year’s Day as part of a new Southport tradition – the Fernley.

The event involves a two-mile run around the seafront and completing various traditions, with ‘the plunge’ in Marine Lake the climatic event.

This is the first year for the Fernley event, with it set to take place annually to celebrate the bravery shown in one of the largest lifeboat disasters when 27 local lifeboat men died in 1886.

It is raising money for the Southport Independent Lifeboat Trust and the Community Link Foundation.

Registration on January 1 starts at 10am between the Ramada Hotel and the Hungry Horse, with the procession leaving there at 11am.

At 11.30am, participants start the walk or run to the Obelisk monument on Southport Promenade before going on to complete the two-mile run around the pier and Southport’s seafront.

To book your place on the Fernley, go to:

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