One of the most enticing prizes on the event calendar, the Great Club Challenge, gives clubs from across the UK the chance to win a trip to Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, to compete alongside 40,000 others at the 2015 Great Ethiopian Run. Last year, almost 5000 runners from 125 clubs took part in the challenge, and with five more events available on the Great Run calendar, qualifying clubs can still apply.
To qualify clubs and their runners must be affiliated with either England Athletics or Scottish Athletics and field at least seven male and seven female registered athletes. The upcoming events are the Morrisons Great North 10K (5 July), Great North Run (13 September), Great Yorkshire Run (27 September), Great Scottish Run (4 October)Great Birmingham Run (18 October) and Great South Run (25 October).
The trip includes a stay at the famous Yaya Village, located outside the city of Addis Ababa, at an altitude of 2,700 meters above sea level. The winning team will also enjoy a personal meeting with the world’s greatest ever distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie, before taking part in Africa’s largest road race.
The Great Club Challenge will also award winning clubs at each event £500 and 15 free entries to their respective 2016 Great Run, as well as ten and five entries to the second and third placed clubs.
Stockport Harriers claimed the prestigious prize last year and by all accounts they enjoyed the experience of a lifetime. You can read club member Charlie Batho’s report of their African adventure here.