Those taking part in this summer’s Great Yorkshire Run – Harrogate will now be in with a chance of securing one of the most sought after prizes on the racing circuit, The Great Club Challenge. Winners of the challenge will embark on a trip that includes participation at the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa and a personal meeting with the world’s greatest ever distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie
The event, scheduled for Sunday 24 July, will take place in its new location, the scenic spa town of Harrogate, to celebrate its 10th anniversary. This will be the first time the 10k has taken place outside Sheffield since its inception in 2007.
As part of this change, the race is being organised in conjunction with Harrogate Harriers & Athletic Club, who have staged a 10K event in the town for 30 years - and will boast an intimate and exclusive feel, with just a few thousand entries available. The race starts and finishes on Montpellier Hill in the Montpellier Quarter of the North Yorkshire town and takes in some stunning landscapes.
The news of the event’s addition to The Great Club Challenge will add another dimiension to the race, as Harrogate Harriers chairman, Tony Essex, explains: “Our partnership with The Great Run Company allows the top club at The Great Yorkshire Run Harrogate the fantastic chance to take part in The Great Ethiopian Run. This is an exciting prospect and I am looking forward to seeing who takes the crown in Harrogate."
In partnership with England Athletics and Scottish Athletics, The Great Club Challenge starts with the Great Edinburgh Run (17 April) and includes Great Birmingham 10K (1 May), Great Bristol 10K (15 May), Great Manchester Run (22 May), The Sun Donington Summer Running Festival 10K (26 June), Great Newham London Run (17 July), Great North 10K (3 July) and the iconic Great North Run (11 September).
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. More info is available here.