Initiative which offers prizes such as a trip to Africa for the Great Ethiopian Run is back for a second year
The Great Run Club Challenge has returned for a second year to offer English athletes the chance to win prizes such as a trip to Ethiopia.
Organised in partnership with England Athletics, the initiative takes place over six events; the Bupa Great Manchester Run on May 18, the Bupa Great North 10k on July 13, the Bupa Great North Run on September 7, the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run on September 28, the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on October 19 and the Bupa Great South Run on October 26.
To qualify, clubs must be affiliated with England Athletics and field at least seven male and seven female registered athletes. In 2013 a total of 4279 runners from 122 clubs took part.
One of the prizes up for grabs is a trip to train and race in the country that has produced some of the world’s most iconic distance running stars – Ethiopia.
The trip includes a stay at the famous Yaya Village, located outside the city of Addis Ababa at an altitude of 2700m. The winning team will also enjoy a personal meeting with the world’s greatest ever distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie, before taking part in the Great Ethiopian Run with 37,000 other runners.
Last year’s winners were the Birmingham Running, Athletics & Triathlon Club (BRAT) and club member Karl Welborn said: “We really appreciated the opportunity to experience such an amazing adventure that was so well orchestrated and delivered.
“The race was totally breath-taking, full of colour, music, smiles and fun. I consider myself so lucky to have been involved and mostly I am proud to be a BRAT – we started this adventure together when we won and it was a proud moment to finish it together when we all crossed the finish line arms around each other in union.”
Dave Newton, managing director of organisers Nova International, said: “We’re thrilled to offer clubs the opportunity to take part in the Great Ethiopian Run again this year.
“Athletics clubs are a really important aspect of encouraging more people to take up and enjoy the sport. We hope to see many more entering the Challenge in 2014 – Ethiopia is a truly incredible experience for anyone who loves running.”
The winning clubs at each Great Run event will be based on the average finishing times of the fastest seven male and seven female runners. Those clubs will be placed into a draw for the Ethiopian trip.
The Great Club Challenge will also award winning clubs at each event £500 and 15 free entries to their respective 2015 Great Run, as well as ten and five entries to the second and third placed clubs. All qualifying clubs are also eligible for spot prizes, which will be awarded across the competition.
» For further information see www.greatrun.org