Around 1,000 runners are primed to compete in the 2017 edition of the Tour of Tameside, which commences on Thursday (15 June) to its finale on Sunday (18 June). Entries for the four separate stages remain open, meaning would-be competitors can still take part in the closing event, the Dr Ron Hyde 7 Mile Race, in what is sure to be a memorable occasion.
The starter’s pistol for this year’s Tour will sound on Thursday 15 June with the X-Trail 10K 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.
The tour will close in style at Hyde, where competitors will be invited to “Run as Ron” and stick on a moustache and a fashionable string vest to replicate the look of Dr Ron Hill. This has been organised to celebrate Dr Ron Hill’s remarkable career and run streak that stretched over 52 years (and an incredible 160,000 miles).
Founded by Hill in 1983, The Tour of Tameisde was re-introduced in 2015 and proved to be an immediate success with over 500 runners taking part. Last year resulted in a further upturn with competitors thriving on the multi-stage format and enjoying a fitting finale at Hyde Town Hall.
Looking ahead to this year’s event, it seems a new male champion will be crowned with news that Mohammed Abu-Rezeq will not be defending his title. The 2016 winner Kirsty Longley has confirmed that she will be participating this year.
You can register for each of the Tour of Tameside races at the Sports Tours International website.