TAMESIDE’S ultimate running challenge, The Tour of Tameside, is back this June with entry places now available and this year all profits will be going back into local communities.
In December, the organisers of the four-day running event, Sports Tours International, founded their own charitable fund called the Running Bee Foundation.
It aims to improve the health and well-being of local residents and to help tackle the challenge of childhood obesity and encourage participation in physical activity.
The foundation will do this by making grants available to community groups and local charities in the towns and cities where events take place.
All the profits from Sports Tours International’s nine running events, including four events that form the Tour of Tameside, will go to the Running Bee Foundation to be invested back into the communities.
The Tour of Tameside will take place from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16.
Stage one of the tour, supported by marathon legend Dr Ron Hill MBE, will begin with the X-Trail 10k at the scenic Daisy Nook and Park Bridge Country Park. The course has a variety of running terrains to test all running abilities.
The following evening from Copley Leisure Centre will see runners take on the Hell on the Fell, which starts alongside Walkerwood Reservoir.
The six-mile course will see runners tackle Copley Fell with a mix of steep climbs and descents.
With a shorter recovery time, day three is the Hero Half Marathon where runners will take on the Longdendale Trail, a disused railway line.
The 13.1-mile run, starting from Rough Fields, Padfield Main Road, is perfect for runners looking to achieve a personal best.
The finale on day four is The Dr Ron Hill Hyde 7, which starts and finishes outside historic Hyde Town Hall on Market Street.
Runners will complete the tour with a seven-mile road race through Hyde town centre and the surrounding area.
To enter this year’s event visit www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk and for the latest news follow on Twitter @touroftameside.