Shortly after the close of the 2017 Tour of Tameside, the key theme highlighted was that runners could take the opportunity, over the course of four varied and exciting days of racing, to get 'together to enjoy themselves'. With entries for the 2018 event now opened, race organisers Sports Tours International will be looking for much the same and have made the decision to freeze prices from the previous year.
Founded by Dr. Ron Hill in 1983, the Tour of Tameside was re-introduced in 2015 and proved to be an immediate success with over 500 runners taking part. Since then, the event has reconsolidated and seen its field increase year on year.
The 2018 Tour will once again begin with the X-Trail 10K on Thursday 14 June in Daisy Nook and Park Bridge Country Parks, Ashton, before moving onto Stalybridge on Friday with the infamous Hell on the Fell Run from Active Copley Leisure Centre.
Stage 3 takes place on Saturday (16 June) morning where runners will take on the 13.1 mile ‘Hero Half Marathon’ along the Longdendale Trail before the final day, Stage 4 on Sunday morning, when the Tour will finish with the classic Dr Ron Hyde 7 Mile. Formerly know as the Hyde 7, the concluding race is now named after the founding father of the Tour of Tameside.
Graham Jackson of Sports Tours International commented: “We are really excited to open up entries for the 218 Tour of Tameside. We have such an attractive and important event now that throughout the year we are always receiving emails and calls asking to open up entries…so we have done so, two weeks earlier than last year – and we have frozen the prices from 2017 too!”
Sports Tours International has again opened up single stage entries for those wishing to run one, two or three of the individual days. The option encourages beginners and those who wish to run shorter to still become a part of the Tour of Tameside.
Registration is available here.