Tour of Tameside

Tour of Tameside, Sports Tours International & Portrait Salon

Tom Charles, Tour of Tameside selected for Portrait Salon

In June I shot the return of the Tour of Tameside; a three-day event consisting of a fell run, half marathon trail run and a road race with 500 runners. The Tour of Tameside was put on by Sports Tours International after a fourteen year absence. It was originally set up by the legendary runner Ron Hill MBE in 1983 and consisted of six days running. Ron Hill was on the start line to start the event on the first run at Copley Reservoir.

The Tour was a tight knit running community event and I imagine would be fantastic to run and be a part of. It was a great introduction to the runners of the North West running scene.

I met the original photographer of the Tour, Ralph Goodyear, on the finish line at Hyde and enjoyed the exhibition staged of his work. Ralph shot the Tour every year it ran for twenty years and has the most amazing back catalogue of work. Sadly Ralph passed on this week which is a great loss.

On the day I found out about this I got word that an image of runner Tom Charles that I’d submitted to Portrait Salon had been selected over four other images to be exhibited in London & Tokyo as part of the exhibition, which is a nice nod to the Tour & to Ralph I think. Tom is the first image in this post and was shot on day two after a trail run half marathon.

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