Warning: Madman on the Run
Residents of Tameside and the
surrounding areas are once again being
warned to be on the lookout for a
demented runner. He is thought to be
following a 33 mile circuit of the
borough along a series of paths known
locally as the Tameside Trail.
Apparently the looney’s tormented
soul is driving him to attempt a full
circuit of said trail on the mystical
fourth Wednesday of October. By a
strange, and perhaps scary, coincidence
that day is also the fortieth
anniversary of the day an exercise
obsessed individual was unleashed upon
Enough of the imaginative writing /
hard work - just give me your money!
Once again I am raising money for
Melanoma Research at the Christie
Hospital in memory of Janene.
Generous sponsorship last
year raised over £800 for which
the Christie were very grateful.
Sadly the series of runs I did last
year were not held this year so I have
had to make up my own challenge to spur
myself on to even more suffering -
hence the Tameside Trail.
The trail starts and ends in Broadbottom
(at Lymefield Visitor Centre) and
follows footpaths, canal towpaths and
some sections of road around Tameside
with the odd foray into Stockport and
Oldham. Much of it is undulating but
there are four significant hills on the
route (see the Trail Profile).
These are Werneth Low, Hartshead Pike,
Noonsun Hill and Harridge Pike which,
at 380m / 1247', is the high point.
There is a total of ~1250m / 4100' of
ascent on the trail. As some of you
have probably worked out it is quite a
challenge to do in a day.
Rachel is running the support team
meeting me at strategic locations with
supplies of water, food, changes of kit
and a wee bit of motivation. Should any
of you wish to come along to cheer,
jeer or just give us your money I have
put an approximate timetable for when I
hope to be passing easy access points
on the following page Stage information
Anybody who considers themself mad
enough is more than welcome to join me
running a section or two of the route
but be warned I will be running slowly,
I will be walking up the hills and I
will try to jump on you for a
piggy-back wherever possible!
Like last year I will personally add
10% to the total donated by sponsors.
A PDF file with information and
sponsor form can be downloaded from here and stage
information can be downloaded from here.
The official guide to the Tameside
Trail is available from Tameside Council's Web
site or their Visitor Centres. It
can also be purchased from Amazon via
this link Tameside Trail
Last Updated 22 Oct 2004 by