Sports Tours International rolls out June UK Running Festival ·

Sports Tours International rolls out June UK Running Festival

Runners of all ability levels are invited to sprint through time near a Bronze Age burial mound, a 5th century Roman ditch and the ruins of a 12th century castle in a four-day running festival June 14-17, the Tour of Tameside, in Tameside near Manchester, UK.

Sports Tours International ( as the host of the June 14-17, 2018, Tour of Tameside can sort out all of the entry and travel arrangements for this annual celebration of running expected to draw hundreds of international aficionados this early summer. This is just one of a series of events owned and operated by Sports Tours International that specializes in helping runners and cyclists gain entry to coveted global competitions.

“We don’t just take runners to events around the world; we organise events ourselves and our expertise shows. Here at Sports Tours International we live and breathe sport,” said the company’s Head of Product and Operations Alex de Waard, from offices in Manchester, minutes from Tameside. He notes that that there are direct flights from North America to Manchester, the UK’s second largest city.

A variety of running routes and terrains on roads and hills will challenge participants physically and mentally, with all stages carefully chosen to be achievable for runners of all abilities. The Tour of Tameside, founded in 1983 by Olympian and marathon legend Ron Hill, was re-energized when Sports Tours International took over the reins. This running event has been called “The Ultimate Running Challenge.”

The Tour of Tameside begins with a 10k cross-country run on the eve of June 14. The trail takes in two superb local country parks and a variety of running terrain including a steep gradient and long flats on surfaces ranging from tarmac to cobblestones to woodchip paths. A six-mile Hell on the Fell Race is held on June 15 with an evening start that pits runner against the landscape, taking on the steep climb and steep descent – a guaranteed challenge for all ability levels. It ends later that night with a ceremony crowning the male, female and age category winners. The Hero Half Marathon has a mid-morning start on June 16. Runners will cover the 13.1 mile half marathon journey on a trail that parallels a disused railway line. The Tour of Tameside’s finale is the Dr. Ron Hyde 7-Mile Race on the morning of June 17. Afterwards, all runners and their guests will retire into Hyde Town Hall for the post-race presentation ceremony and to toast the four days of running.

Sports Tours International suggests that after this excitement in Tameside concludes that runners and their companions tag on a break to Edinburgh and Scotland in the north, explore Britain’s beautiful Lake District or scoot on down to London.

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Sports Tours International recommends booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online:, email:, or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Fanatical about Sport, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling and running events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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