The 2017 Tour of Tameside has welcomed Macmillan to become an Official Charity Partner of this June’s four day running challenge. Macmillan Cancer Support has a strong presence in Tameside in North West England and many runners will be familiar with its recent impressive fundraising efforts, which have funded the new state of the art Macmillan Cancer Unit at Tameside Hospital.
Rose Tipton, Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Manager for Greater Manchester said, “Every year over 1,000 people in Tameside and Glossop are told they have cancer. At Macmillan Cancer Support we want to be there for them every step of the way. Your support of our Tameside Macmillan Appeal will ensure we can do this. Being a part of such an iconic event as the Tour of Tameside can only help to increase our visibility in the region.”
Kevin Harmer, UK Events & Sponsorship Manager at the Tour of Tameside said, “The Tour of Tameside always aims to engage with the businesses and organisations within Tameside that mean a lot to its residents; and with the Tameside Macmillan Unit being funded by Macmillan fundraising, we are delighted to continue to assist them with spreading their messages further.”
The charity will have a presence on each of the four days of running (15-18 June), most noticeably on stage 3, the Hero Half Marathon, where a cheering station will be positioned on the 13.1 mile route to boost the runners as they go along.
The multi-day running event that was brought back to Tameside in 2015 is proving a hit with some of the biggest businesses in Tameside. The organising team has also confirmed that local sports equipment supplier Davies Sports has joined New Charter and Kerry Foods in supporting the event.
The 2017 Tour of Tameside begins with Stage 1 the ‘X-Trail 10k’ on the evening of Thursday 15 June in Daisy Nook and Park Bridge Country Parks in Ashton before moving onto Stage 2, on Friday evening (16 June), when the infamous ‘Hell on the Fell’ in Copley, Stalybridge will take place.
Stage 3 is Saturday morning (17 June) where runners will take on the 13.1 mile ‘Hero Half Marathon’ along the Longendale Trail – before the final day, Stage 4, on Sunday 18 of June where the Tour will finish with the classic ‘Dr Ron 7’ (formerly know as the Hyde 7 and now named after the founding father of the Tour of Tameside Dr Ron Hill MBE). This is a seven mile road run where many friends and family will line the route to welcome the competitors home.
The Tour recognises that not all runners wish to run all four days back-to-back, so the organising team at Sports Tours International has again opened up ‘Single Stage Entries’ for those wishing to run one, two or three of the individual days.