A top prize of a trip to the Great Ethiopian Run is up for grabs for Great Club Challenge winners

The Sun Donington Summer Running Festival’s 10k event has been added to The Great Club Challenge, which gives club runners the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ethiopia.

The Great Club Challenge is a competition for club runners taking place across eight Great Run events in 2016, with the top prize being entry into the Great Ethiopian Run, Africa’s biggest road race, in November.

The running festival, which will be staged on Sunday June 26 at Donington Park racing circuit, comprises 10 mile, 10km, 5km and Family Mile events.

The 10km distance will take place on the famous racing circuit and closed roads around the site, starting and finishing in front of the grandstand and taking in the Coppice and Melbourne Hairpin.

The Great Run Company’s newest event will give club runners an extra opportunity to be in the hat for the main prize to Ethiopia.

In partnership with England Athletics and Scottish Athletics, The Great Club Challenge starts with the Great Edinburgh Run (April 17), Great Birmingham 10k (May 1), Great Bristol 10k (May 15), Great Manchester Run (May 22), The Sun Donington Summer Running Festival 10k (June 26), Great Newham London Run (July 17), Great North 10k (July 3) and the iconic Great North Run (September 11).

Any club affiliated to England Athletics or Scottish Athletics can take part, as long as they field a minimum of four men and four women in any given event.

The winning club in each event will be the one with the lowest average finishing time for their first four men and four women across the finish line. They will win 15 entries for the equivalent 2017 event and £500 towards club development, plus entry into the prize draw for the trip to the Great Ethiopian Run.

Second place wins ten entries for the equivalent 2017 event and third will scoop five entries for the equivalent 2017 event.

Each club winning a Great Club Challenge event is in with the chance to win a once in a lifetime adventure, to train and race in the country that has produced some of the world’s most iconic distance running stars.

The winning team will 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.

The Great Club Challenge last year saw 5344 runners take part from 146 clubs. Alongside Tyne Bridge Harriers, previous winners of the trip to the Great Ethiopian Run are Birmingham Running, Athletics & Triathlon (BRAT) and Stockport Harriers.

Athletes can enter each event online now at greatrun.org and should provide their club name when entering as well as ensure their athlete registration is up to date. Athletes must be registered with England Athletics or Scottish Athletics to be eligible.

For more on The Great Club Challenge see greatrun.org/clubchallenge.