Plans are progressing for next month's Tour of Tameside, the iconic event which returns to the North West running calendar after a long absence. Tour 2015-style offers a great challenge of three contrasting events over one weekend. You cover the marathon distance, but in 6, 13 and 7 miles chunks so a demanding programme of weekend racing but one within the range of most regular runners.
The fun commences at Stalybridge on Friday 19 June with the 6 mile Copley Fell Race, continues on Saturday 20 June with the feature High Peak Half Marathon and culminates on Father's Day with the Hyde 7. Already a number of top club and ambitious recreational runners have signed-up for the Tour of Tameside.
Race organisers' Sports Tours International expect a big field for Saturday's half marathon which is a trail run that follows the route of the old Manchester to Sheffield rail line along the Longdendale Trail. It's ideal for running - gentle gradients and smooth terrain.
The High Peak Half Marathon has an extra dimension as it includes a run in memory of PC Nicola Hughes, who lost her life in Tameside in the line of duty in 2012. All those runners completing the Memorial Round and the half marathon will run a distance of 14.846 mile, Nicolas’s badge number. You can enter the short memeorial run, the half marathon or both events.
Nicola’s father, Bryn Hughes said: “We became involved with Sport Tours International following the support they provided last year with ‘Run To Remember' and I am so pleased that they are now giving the opportunity for people to run for our charity in next month's High Peak Half Marathon warm up run in memory of Nicola."
Bryn added: “We are very excited too at the prospect of having guaranteed places in this year's New York Marathon, courtesy of Sports Tours International, where we will be running to raise funds for the charity.”
Runners can take part in any one of the Tour of Tameside events or take on all three stages. If you would like to enter the Tour of Tameside go to the event website. Regular updates on Twitter @touroftameside. Further details of the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund at the charity website.