Macmillan Cancer Support has been confirmed as the official charity partner for the 2017 Tour of Tameside, news that will be seen as a massive boost for both prior to the commencement of the four-day running event on Thursday 15 June. The charity has a strong presence in the region and comes shortly after the impressive fundraising efforts in aid of new state of the art Macmillan Cancer Unit at Tameside Hospital.
Kevin Harmer from race organiser Sports Tours International said of the partnership: “The Tour of Tameside always aims to engage with the businesses and organisations within Tameside that mean a lot to its residents and with the Tameside Macmillan Unit being funded by Macmillan fundraising, we are delighted to continue to assist them with spreading their messages further.”
The charity will have a presence on each of the four days of running during June’s event, most noticeably on Stage 3 the Hero Half Marathon where a cheering station will be positioned on the 13.1 mile route to boost the runners as they go along.
Prior to this, contestants will have started their Tour journey on Thursday 15 June at the X-Trail 10K before tackling the infamous ‘Hell on the Fell’ in Copley. The final stage will see the Tour finish with the ‘Dr Ron 7’ (formerly know as the Hyde 7 and now named after the founding father of the Tour of Tameside Dr Ron Hill MBE).
Organised by Sports Tours International, the Tour of Tameside, founded in 1983 was re-introduced in 2015 and quickly regained its reputation as one of the North West's most distinctive events.
As with previous years, single race entries are available for those who are looking for a Tour experience but perhaps do not want to compete for consecutive four days. More information is available here.