Over 50 runners attended the 'Talk of the Tour' evening in Hyde last week (Tuesday, 13 December). The event was organised to celebrate the Tour of Tameside which organisers have now confirmed will be held annually following its reintroduction in 2015. The evening brought together those who had taken part in the Tour during its original inception in the 1980s with those from the current era.
The multi-stage race is now regarded as a highlight in the NW running calendar and it was clear that many think of it with affection. Those in attendance last week included Tour creator Dr Ron Hill, former four time winner, Bashir Hussain, and three time winner, Jackie Newton. Memorabilia, video footage and pictures from the very first Tour in 1983 were on display.
Graham Jackson, race director for the Tour of Tameside said of the evening: “It brought back so many fond memories seeing and chatting to the runners from back in-the-day and also the past two years. The Tour of Tameside is such an important event for the borough and the region.”
While the evening allowed runners from previous years to share stories of their Tour experiences, it was also an opportunity for prospective competitors to get a better feel for the race. Looking ahead to 2017, the Tour of Tameside will once again be held over four days, starting with the 10K Cross Trail on Thursday 15 June and concluding with the Dr. Ron Hill 7 Mile Race.
Registration for next year’s event is now open; as with 2015 and 2016, single race entries are also available. Further information is available on the event website.