Local club East End Road Runners has 20 teams entered, with participants targeting cash and Ethiopia trip prizes at the Great Newham London Run
More than 130 teams from running clubs in London and across the UK will go head-to-head in the former Olympic Stadium on July 17 as they target top prizes, including a trip to Ethiopia, in the Great Run Club Challenge at the Great Newham London Run.
Runners from more than 500 running clubs have entered so far and the team with the fastest overall time for the 10km run, which loops around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishes on the Stadium track, will win prizes including £500 for their club, 15 entries to next year’s run and entry into a prize draw for a trip of a lifetime to take part in the Great Ethiopian Run and meet with legendary distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie.
The second fastest team, comprising up to four men and four women from an affiliated England Athletics or Scottish Athletics club, wins ten entries to next year’s Great Newham London Run, while there are five places up for grabs for the third place finishers.
Runners should give their club name when they enter the event at www.greatrun.org/london.
With 20 teams lining up at the start under the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit, local club East End Road Runners has the greatest number of teams entered, followed by Serpentine Running Club with seven teams and Rebel Runners from Medway which has six teams entered. Each runner is able to bring two spectators to watch and cheer them as they enter the Stadium.
Brendan Foster, chairman of The Great Run Company which organises the Great Newham London Run, said: “Running clubs are the beating heart of our sport and it is great to recognise this with a great running experience and stellar prizes.
“It is exciting to see so many clubs entering the Great Run Club Challenge, which gives all affiliated clubs from London and the rest of the UK the chance to run as a team and compete for prizes, including a trip to the Great Ethiopian Run.
“To top off a great day out at the Great Newham London Run, club runners can bring their own fan club to cheer them on as they have their own golden moment across the same finish line as their London 2012 heroes.”