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Running’s a breeze for dedicated Debbie
Tuesday 5th June 2018 @ 13:21 by Mark Phillip

A fitness enthusiast from Stalybridge is relishing the opportunity to compete in this year’s Tour of Tameside.

Debbie Barrass, 34, is competing in the full tour for the very first time after sampling a taste in 2017.

The former Copley Academy student took part in the Cross Trail 10k and managed to record an impressive time, but was unable to compete in the following three days due to holiday commitments.

However Debbie, who started running in 2016 and shed six stone in the space of a year, now has a chance to push herself both physically and mentally in unknown territory. Speaking to Reporter Sport about the forthcoming event, the now experienced runner said: “I missed out last year due to going on holiday so I could only do the first day. It was a brilliant event and well organised. In comparison to other events, it was smaller but very friendly with excellent support from both spectators and official marshals.

“My friends are doing the full tour as well, so it will be a great occasion and I can’t wait.”

Debbie, who often runs around Daisy Nook Country Park – the venue for the Cross Trail 10k – said she was impressed with last year’s event and thought the organisation and atmosphere was something to behold.

With just a week until race day, Debbie is excited to make new memories and believes her rigorous training regime will pay dividends across all four days. She said: “I’m nervous about the Hell on the Fell at Copley because it’s a route I haven’t run previously, so i don’t really know what to expect from that, but

“In a strange way I’m looking forward to this one more. I ran every day during May to get used to running consecutively on tired legs so hopefully I’ll enjoy the challenge.”

Debbie says her current training regime has pushed her to the limit, but as the old adage goes: No pain no gain. She added: “It was different to marathon training and I wouldn’t do it over a longer period of time even though I know lots of people do run every day all the time, but I enjoyed the 35 day streak I did and know that I can run when I’m tired.”

A self-confessed running addict, Debbie has lots more planned over the next six months, including the Great North Run in September and a trip to America the following month for the world renowned Chicago Marathon.