12 May

Fred Says I've Done It - Can You?

Fred Done with Ron Hill

Betfred boss Fred Done has pledged his support for the Tour of Tameside, one of the biggest challenges in British running which returns this year after an absence of more than a decade.

Betfred boss Fred Done has pledged his support for the Tour of Tameside, one of the biggest running challenges in British athletics which returns this year after the absence of more than a decade.

Fred is not only a keen runner, he is also chair of major sports travel company Sports Tours International and now he’s challenging runners from far and wide to compete for a slice of his £4,500 prize fund over the weekend of Friday 19 - Sunday 21 June.

The original Tour of Tameside was founded in 1983 by marathon legend Ron Hill MBE, and attracted runners from across the globe. Fred, who competed in the original event five times, commented: “The Tour of Tameside is one of the toughest challenges I’ve faced, it’s nearly as hard as being a bookmaker! I ran it five times and tried my best to keep up with some of the best runners from the UK and Europe and of course the legend Ron Hill.  It’s a fantastic event, which supports local good causes, brings the public together to fundraise and get active.

“My  challenge to runners out there from Tameside, Greater Manchester and beyond, is to be part of one of the biggest running events in the country, lets put Tameside on the map once again for a magnificent sporting event.”

Runners who take on all three days will cover the distance of a full marathon, with each day covering different routes and types of terrain across a mixture of closed roads, trails and country routes.

Prizes up to £250 for each individual race for both men and women will be awarded and the overall winning male and female for the Tour of Tameside will each receive £500 plus a trophy.

Local organisations supporting the event include New Charter Homes, Active Tameside, Tameside 4 Good and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

To find out more about the Tour of Tameside visit the event website. Follow on Twitter @touroftameside for the latest news and updates on the Tour.


Stage 1 - Copley Fell Race  (Friday 19 June - 7.15pm)   
Fell race at Copley Leisure Centre, Stalybridge

Stage 2 - High Peak Half Marathon (Saturday 20 June - 10.00am)       
Longdendale Trail, Hadfield
incorporates PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Run

Stage 3 - Hyde 7 (Sunday 21 June 2015 - 9.30am)
Start and finish – Hyde Town Hall
Father's Day event