News that The Tour of Tameside, one of the north of England’s most distinctive events, is to return for 2017, will be well-received for those who have competed in the multi-stage competition as well as tempting prospective participants.
Sports Tours International, organisers of the event, have confirmed the Tour will retain its prime summer date (Thursday 15 June – Sunday 18 June), with runners also able to commit to individual races as well as the full four days.
The event, founded by Dr. Ron Hill in 1983, was re-introduced in 2015 and proved to be an immediate success with over 500 runners taking part. This year resulted in a further upturn with competitors thriving on the multi-stage format and enjoying a fitting finale at Hyde Town Hall as hundreds of spectators cheered them through the concluding race.
With entries now open for 2017, Ron said runners can expect another memorable event: “After the 25% increase in running numbers in 2016 – we felt that the 2017 Tour of Tameside should remain the same to give competitors the opportunity to run the same testing routes once more and try and better their time.”
Ron added: “This ultimate running challenge is an event that many runners add to their calendar of races and look forward to months in advance as do I. The history that surrounds the event and the buzz of running on four different routes in beautiful surroundings really does set it apart from all the others.”
The event commences with Stage 1 the ‘X-Trail 10K on Thursday 15 June in Daisy Nook and Park Bridge Country Parks before moving onto Stage 2, on Friday evening, at the infamous ‘Hell on the Fell’ in Copley.
Stage 3 is Saturday morning where runners will take on the 13.1 mile ‘Hero Half Marathon’ down the Longendale Trail before the final day, Stage 4 on Sunday 18 June where the Tour will finish with the classic ‘Dr Ron 7’ – a seven mile road run where many friends and family will line the route to welcome the competitors home.
For those who want to experience individual races, organisers Sports Tours International have again opened entries for those wishing to run one, two or three of the individual days.
Full details at the event website.