A race once dubbed ‘Britain’s toughest athletics’ challenge’ could once again reclaim its title with Mossley playing a leading role.
The town was overlooked when a revamped Tour of Tameside made a welcome return to the running calendar in 2015.
There’s also no stopping off point this June despite the popular, multi terrain event increasing from a three to four-day challenge.
In its hey day the Tour was a six stage, 52 miles double marathon with a lung-busting leg one finish in Old Brow Park.
Now, the Correspondent, the town’s new kid on the block, is pressing for organisers to bring the Tour home in future years.
And Chris Bird, Chief Executive of organisers Sports Tours International, confirmed: “Our aim is to reach every part of Tameside in the future.
“The nine towns that make up the borough each have their own identity and also great places to run.
“With the support of the council, our partners and the public we hope the Tour will continue to grow every year.
“The Tour is more than just a race it will also provide various health and sporting benefits for Tameside, and bring with it a great sense of community engagement as everyone can get involved.”
The 2016 race takes place from June 16-19. In doing so the field will complete the equivalent of a marathon and a half.
The event will begin with the Cross Trail 10K and the Tour of Tameside Schools’ Challenge 3k at Park Bridge and Daisy Nook Country Parks.
The six-mile Copley Fell Run takes centre stage on day two, followed by the High Peak Half Marathon 24 hours later.
The Tour finishes with the Hyde 7 mile run, starting and finishing Hyde Town Hall.
The original Tour was started by Hyde running legend, Dr Ron Hill in 1981and he’s delighted it’s back on the map.
“Events like this are difficult to organise in this day and age but from the success of last year’s event I am sure it will continue to grow and put Tameside in the spotlight once more,” said the 77-year-old long distance great.
For those people that want to be a part of the race or to be a volunteer visit www.touroftameside.co.uk for details on how to enter.
Runners can raise money for their own charity or any of the three charities involved which are: Willow Wood Hospice, Believe and Achieve and the Anthony Seddon Fund.
TWO PLACES IN THE 2016 TOUR OF TAMESIDE TO BE WON!
The Mossley Correspondent has teamed up with Sportstours International to offer two runners, one male, one female, the chance to compete in the 2016 Tour of Tameside free of charge.
Thanks to the race organisers we have two places up for grabs for all four stages of the multi-terrain event. Normal entry would be £75 per person.
The stages are: June 16, 10k; June 17, six miles; June 18, half marathon; June 19, seven mile road race.
Winners will be confirmed on May 16. To be in with a chance just answer the following question.
Which iconic local runner designed the original Tour of Tameside?
To enter go to http://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/tot-competition
There will be another opportunity to win in the May edition of the Mossley Correspondent.