Good news for runners in the North West is that the Tour of Timeside 2016 has been extended to four events for 2016. The event returned last year after an absence of more than a decade, and due to such an overwhelming response to the 2015 race, organisers have extended the tour to four days starting on Thursday 16 June.
Race organisers Sports Tours International reintroduced the new version of the Tour which was founded by marathon legend Ron Hill in 1983. Hill, who competed in the challenge every year until the last Tour in 2003, commented on the event’s return: “I was very proud to see the Tour of Tameside back on the race calendar in 2015 after an absence of 15 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 much-loved tour returned with a bang in 2015 with more than 500 runners taking part, with Mohammed Abu-Rezeq leading the male field home and Kirsty Longley of Liverpool Pembroke the female winner.
The 2016 tour will kick off on Thursday 16 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.”
Entries for the race are expected to be in high demand: information and registration details are available here.