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Historic Tour of Tameside returns for a second year

Historic Tour of Tameside returns for a second year


In 2015 one of the most iconic events in British athletics, the Tour of Tameside, returned after an absence of more than a decade. Due to the tremendous success the race will be returning in 2016, this time as a four day event, extending the 2015 race by one day.  

The Tour of Tameside, which attracted runners from across the UK, will take place from Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th June 2016.

Sports Tours International is proud to be the race organisers, which has the support of local organisations and marathon legend Dr. Ron Hill MBE, who founded the original Tour of Tameside in 1983.

Ron, who competed in the challenge every year until the last Tour in 2003, commented: “I was very proud to see the Tour of Tameside back on the race calendar in 2015 after an absence of fifteen years. Events like this are difficult to organise in this day and age but from the success of last year’s event I am sure it will continue to grow and put Tameside in the spotlight once more.

The event will begin on Thursday 16th June with the Cross Trail 10K and the Tour of Tameside Schools Challenge 3k at Park Bridge and Daisy Nook Country Parks. Day 2 is the 6 mile Copley Fell Run, followed by the High Peak Half Marathon on Saturday.

The tour will finish with the runners taking part in the Hyde 7 mile run, which starts and finishes outside Hyde Town Hall. Runners who take on all four stages of the event will run the distance of one and a half marathons over the four days.

Chris Bird, Chief Executive of Sports Tours International, commented: “We were overwhelmed by the response we had to the return of this iconic race. Our social media activity reached the highest level of traffic we have received for any of the many races we organise.”

Chris added: “We have been working closely with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and our partners to plan the tour in order to deliver a fantastic event. The Tour is more than just a race it will also provide various health and sporting benefits for Tameside, and bring with it a great sense of community engagement as everyone can get involved.”

 For those people that want to be a part of the race or to be a volunteer visit www.touroftameside.co.uk for details on how to enter.

 For the latest news and updates follow on Twitter @touroftameside.

 Active Tameside and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council are involved and working closely with Sports Tours International to engage local communities,  community groups and businesses.

 New Charter Homes is an official partner to the Tour of Tameside and Nature Valley are the official nutrition partner. 

Runners taking part can raise money for their own charity or any of the 3 charities involved which are: Willow Wood Hospice, Believe and Achieve and the Anthony Seddon Fund.