Its July already, so I thought I would say a massive ‘Thank You’ for supporting our races and making them so special so far this year. This also gives me the perfect opportunity to update you on our UK Events to date and those we have coming up!
June – Tour of Tameside
This year was the most successful since we revived this historic event in 2015, with more participants, supporters, sponsors and partners than every were involved this June. The original Tour of Tameside ran for 20 consecutive year and was founded by Dr. Ron Hill MBE.
It was great to see some old faces returning plus many new runners accepting ‘The Ultimate Running Challenge’. Many people tasted the event by running one of the individual days in 2015 or 2016 and then caught the bug, and decided to take on the four days this year – and they all loved the experience! Of course, Stage 4 of the Tour this year was named after Dr Ron himself and it was great to see a few ‘Ron lookalikes’ running the 7 Mile route, with a stick on handle bar moustache and string vest!
We do listen to your feedback and this year we added the ‘Burger and Beer’ element that was so prevalent in the original tour events with Hyde-based Tweed Brewery being a welcome sight to everyone on all four stages. Runners are now engaging with the Tour more so than ever, even using it as an opportunity to ‘come home’ and visit their family and friends in Tameside. This resulted in runners from as far away as Australia, Germany, Canada and China coming over the for the multi day running event. We were also delighted to again work with a number of key partners who all contributed massively to its success, including the likes of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, New Charter Housing Group, Kerry Foods, Davies Sports, Active Tameside, Macmillan Cancer Support, Hyde Rotary Club and many more.
Having received your feedback we have decided that the Tour of Tameside 2018 will stay at 4 days and these specific details will be announced very soon. In the meantime, if you wish to join the 2018 waiting list, then please send us an email HERE >>>
July – UKFast We Love Manchester 10k
The Etihad Campus, home of Manchester City Football Club is always a superb venue to start and finish this well known and well supported race. A hot sunny Sunday saw Mohammad Aburazeq defending his Men’s title along with over 2,400 other runners – all crossing the line in fine fashion, further enhancing the races’ reputation for being ‘The Peoples Race’. Runners old and new came together to support not only the official event charity partner, the We Love Manchester Charity but also those good causes that were personal to them. With one pound in every entry going direct to the We Love Manchester Charity and funds raised through donations in the car park and the bag drop, the total figure is expected to be in excess of £4000, which will help to support a number of local good causes in Manchester. The ever popular Toddler Trot brought the curtain down on a magnificent day, with around 200 children under the age of 8 years old completing impressively one lap of the track.
We are now half way through the year already, but that doesn’t mean you are short on events to book onto!
UKFast City of Salford 10k
Sunday 3rd September
The start and finish of this ever-growing 10k is in the natural amphitheater of the MediaCityUk Piazza, next to the BBC buildings. In this area you will find the Athlete Village where you can engage with special guest exhibitors, UKFast the events main sponsor and many others partners.
The course will take runners past The Lowry – the venue of so many great plays and shows, the Imperial War Museum and ITV – home of Coronation Street before making its way over to Trafford and close to Manchester United Football Club. This event is growing year on year and we are expecting nearly 4,000 runners on Sunday September the 3rd.
We are delighted to have three official charities on board this year, and they are The Christie, the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation and Cash for Kids, so if you wish to run and raise money for any of these good causes, or indeed a charity that is personal to you then you can!
To enter the race before the end of August and get your race entry for just £21 (£19 for affiliated Club Runners) CLICK HERE >>>
Alder Hey 10k
Sunday 8th October
Croxteth Park & Country Park is the new home for our Merseyside 10k – previously known to many as The Grand 10k or Matalan Merseyside 10k. Alder Hey Children’s Charity is one of the regions biggest and most recognisable charities, raising much needed funds for their research and developments and we are delighted to move the race to what we believe to be an event better venue than before!
On race day we will have the 10k run, and following that the Family Fun Run which is a walk, jog or run of around 2k which is open to anyone and everyone! There will also be entertainment at the venue to make this a real family day occasion.
Enter before the end of August to take advantage of the EARLY BIRD RATE of just £16 (£14 for affiliated club runners) CLICK HERE >>>
Dreams Come True – Halloween Family Fun Run, at Heaton Park
Sunday 29th October
This is a brand new family fun run, with everyone being encouraged to dress up in spooky Halloween costumes!
Entries will open very soon – HERE >>> to be added to the waitlist.
Jingle Bell Jog, at MediaCityUK
Late November/Early December
We will announce details very soon on our annual Christmas themed run.
Everyone loves Christmas and this is a magical festive period, so get dressed up and bring the family along and run the simple 5km route around MediaCityUK! along
You will be able to purchase the race entry only and wear your own Santa Suit or festive costume or you can get a race entry with a Santa Suit, whatever is best for you!.
Entries will open very soon – HERE >>> to add your details to our wait list.
Many thanks once again and I hope to see you all soon on the start line!
It was a wild weekend at the Marathon du Mont Blanc. Sadly the weather closed in and put paid to some events but a number of our runners completed the full marathon around Europe’s highest peak. Congratulations to everyone on a mega achievement 🏔