ABL Health spread the word at the Tour of Tameside

If you visit most town centres early on a Sunday morning you’re likely to see very little activity but, bucking the trend, Hyde was buzzing with the excitement of the Tour of Tameside this weekend.

In its new role as Sports Tours International’s community health and wellbeing partner, ABL was invited to get involved in the final event of this fantastic four-day festival of running; which comprises a 10k, the ominously-sounding Hell on the Fell challenge, a half marathon and a seven-mile race.

Flying the flag for ABL, myself and two of our superstar lifestyle coaches Stevie and Cat pulled up outside Hyde Town Hall at 7am laden with a gazebo, smoothie bike, health check equipment and a bundle of free vouchers for our services in Tameside.

We help people to be healthier and happier for longer through a variety of health programmes, for example, in Tameside we offer free specialist weight management support in partnership with the local CCG. Partnering with Sports Tours International is enabling us to reach even more people who might need a bit of help in achieving their health goals.

Ready to spread the word, we set up our stall next to the event paramedics, who were quick to take the opportunity for a quick cycle on the smoothie bike before the race began at 9.30am. The atmosphere was electric as the runners set off to a hearty cheer from supporters and were maintained with some rousing music from Hattersley Brass youth band and the good spirit of all the families and friends of the athletes as they waited to see their loved ones cross the finish line.

We met some fantastic people, particularly the kids who did some amazing work making their own healthy refreshments on the smoothie bike and, of course, the real stars of the show – the runners. There was a good mix of participants – some who had trained specifically for the seven-mile race, some who had signed up for all four events – and they all had inspiring stories to share.

Being around such positivity is a great motivator – if you’re unsure about signing up for this kind of event, go along to watch one and I guarantee you’ll want to be part of it!

It was a great experience and now we’re looking forward to the next big event – the We Love Manchester 10k on 8th July. If you’re about, come to the ABL stall for a chat, some health advice and a smoothie!