It stands, arguably, as the most attractive club prize on the running calendar and sees the UK’s top recreational runners vying for the opportunity of taking part in the race of a life time. The Great Club Challenge returns in 2016 for what will be its fourth year, as runners across Britain vie for the opportunity to compete at the Great Ethiopian Run, Africa’s biggest road race, in November, plus a personal meeting with the iconic Haile Gebrselassie.
To qualify clubs and their runners must be affiliated with either England Athletics or Scottish Athletics and field a minimum of four men and four women in any given event.
The challenge is comprised of seven events; the Great Edinburgh Run (17 April), the Great Birmingham 10K (1 May), the Great Bristol 10K (15 May), the Great Manchester Run (22 May), the Great Newham London Run (17th July) the Great North 10K (3 July), the Great North Run (11 September).
The winning club will be the one with the lowest average finishing time (at each event) for their first four men and four women across the finish line, and will win 15 entries for the equivalent 2017 event, £500 towards club development and entry into the prize draw for the trip to the Great Ethiopian Run.
2015 saw Tyne Bridge Harriers take the title, with 14 lucky runners making the trip to Ethiopia to meet the great Haile Gebrselassie. For further information on how to enter the challenge, visit the Great Run website here.