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It’s Back! The Tour of Tameside returns to the borough
Wednesday 13th June 2018 @ 09:43 by Mark Phillip

The Tour of Tameside returns on Thursday for a fourth consecutive year!

After months of hard work and preparation, runners from far and wide will be competing in iconic the event, which begins tonight with the Cross Trail 10k, followed by the Hell on the Fell tomorrow (Friday), the Hero Half Marathon on Saturday, and the Hyde 7 Mile on Sunday.

While the event is tailored for a range of abilities, a familiar group of elite runners will be competing across all four days in a bid to claim the coveted winners title.

As the Reporter and Chronicle published last week, Stalybridge resident, Debbie Barrass will be competing in each leg after months of hard work and preparation. The 34-year-old has tailored her training in recent months to adapt to the physical demands that the tour presents, which includes mixed terrain throughout the Cross Trail 10k, painfully steep hill runs during the Hell on the Fell, and a long, arduous route during the Hero Half Marathon.

Active Tameside’s Gavin Browne has also been hard at work to prepare for the event, as the fitness enthusiast, who trains at East Cheshire Harriers, has taken part in longer runs to prepare himself both physically and mentally for the gruelling half marathon, which caused numerous problems in the heat last year.

Professional boxer Stacey Copeland, from Hyde, will also be lending her support.

Unable to compete in any of the legs due to her upcoming fight on June 22, Stacey will instead be cheering on from the side-lines and offering support in any way possible.

The 36-year-old will also be watching on with pride as her mother, Glennis, has signed up for all four days!

Since its return in 2014, the Tour has grown in popularity with numbers increasing year-on-year.

But the event itself isn’t just tailored for fitness enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies, as the organisers, Sports Tours International, rely on an army of volunteers and supporters to help it run smoothly.

The Reporter, working in conjunction with Tameside Radio, will also be providing live updates across all four days to keep listeners and readers both entertained and informed.

The action kicks off on Tameside Radio at 6pm this evening, as John Mercer and Ellesse Oakes preview the event with live interviews and links from organisers, key partners and participants.