Runners from the North West and beyond are preparing to welcome back one of the region’s most iconic events, the Tour of Tameside. Taking place over four days from 16 – 20 June, competitors can commit to the full tour or choose to take part in individual races, with the first the exciting Cross Trail 10K at Daisy Nook and Park Bridge country parks.
Race organisers Sports Tours International reintroduced the new version of the Tour which was founded by marathon legend Ron Hill in 1983. The much loved multi-stage event returned with a bang in 2015 with more than 500 runners taking part. Mohammed Abu-Rezeq led the male field home and Kirsty Longley of Liverpool Pembroke was the female winner.
The 2016 tour will be given a fitting (and fairly testing) start on Thursday 16 June with the Cross Trail 10K. The first part of the course looks likely to be the most challenging, with runners facing a steep gradient on their way through Park Bridge Country Park.
After this, however, the route levels out as it moves along Ashton Road to take on the second part of the Cross Trail in Daisy Nook. Runners can expect a variety of terrain – including tarmac, stone cobbles and country park – and most importantly, some breathtaking views of the local landscape as they take on the first challenge on the Tour’s itinerary.
Individual entry for the Cross Trail 10K is priced at just £15, or £13 for affiliated runners. Registration is available here.