The start date of the new look Tour of Tameside is getting ever closer, the event is set for a return to Tameside's streets in June after a 14-year absence.
The previous Tour of Tameside was held over a five-day period and covered a distance equivalent to two marathons, the new Tour, which runs from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June, covers one marathon.
It will begin with a six mile fell race around Copley Leisure Centre, Stalybridge on the Friday, followed by the Longdendale Trail half marathon the next day. The Tour will close with a seven mile race around Hyde, with the finishing line outside the town hall on Sunday Contestants can enter for one, two or all three of the stages, with over 1,000 expected to take part.
The half marathon, which will snake round Hattersley, is dedicated to PC Nicola Hughes who was killed while answering a 999 call on the estate in 2012. A short memorial run will take place before the half marathon (for half marathon entrants only) to raise funds for the charity set up in Nicola’s honour following her death. The two distances combined add up to her police badge number – 14846.
Athletics legend and Hyde resident Ron Hill first introduced the race in 1983 and competed in the challenge every year until the last one in 2003. Sports Tours International has reintroduced the event as the Ultimate Running Challenge with support from Active Tameside and Tameside4Good in addition to Tameside Council.
The cost of entering is £60 to take part on all three days (£58 for athletics club members), £25 (£23) for just Friday’s fell race, £35 (£33) for Saturday’s half marathon, £5 for the memorial run (all funds to the PC Nicola Hughes Charity) and £25 (£23) for the final day’s run. Prize money is available for each of the three competitive events.
Health spokeperson at Tameside Council Lynne Travis said: “I am so pleased the Tour of Tameside has returned to the borough after such a lengthy absence, it has been missed. We are supporting the event, not just because it fits in with the Council’s pledge to get the borough’s population active, it is also an excellent way