Stockport Harriers has claimed the prestigious Great Club Challenge prize and will take part in the Great Ethiopian Run, Africa’s biggest road race. The prize, supported by England Athletics, also includes a personal meeting with arguably the greatest distance runner of all time, Haile Gebrselassie.
The north west club were entered into the competition after having the seven fastest men and seven fastest women at the Bupa Great Manchester Run in May. 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. After meeting Gebrselassie, the club members will compete in the Great Ethiopian Run with 37,000 other runners.
Stockport Harrier, Jenny Knass said, “The main reason I entered the Great Manchester Run back in May was to be in with a chance of winning the club challenge and a trip to Ethiopia so I’m thrilled to be going, and I expect it will be the experience of a lifetime!”
This year’s Great Club Challenge was made up of six Great Run events across England, 4517 athletes from 125 clubs qualified to take part. Stockport Harriers were entered into a prize draw along with; the Tyne Bridge Harriers from the Bupa Great North Run, the Gateshead Harriers from the Bupa Great North 10K, the Bournville Harriers from the Bupa Great Birmingham Run and the Winchester Running Club from the Bupa Great South Run.