Tyne Bridge Harriers have won the one of the most enticing competitions on the racing calendar, the Great Club Challenge, a prize that will see club members travel Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, to compete alongside 40,000 others at the Great Ethiopian Run.
The North East club was one of 128 clubs and 4712 athletes who qualified to take part in this year’s competition. Following Sunday’s Great South Run, Tyne Bridge Harriers, who had the seven fastest men and seven fastest women at the Morrisons Great North Run in September were placed in a prize draw with the aggregate club winners of each of the eight Great Run events.
The memorable trip will include a stay at the famous Yaya Village, located outside the city of Addis Ababa, at an altitude of 2,700 meters above sea level. The winning team will also enjoy a personal meeting with the world’s greatest ever distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie, before taking part in Africa’s largest road race.
Dave Moir, one of the founding members of Tyne Bridge Harriers, said: “We were all waiting on tender hooks on the day of the Great South Run. Then that evening we got a call saying we had won the Great Club Challenge, and 14 lucky runners from Tyne Bridge Harriers were going to Ethiopia to meet the great Haile Gebrselassie.
“The club has achieved a great deal in its short five year history, but for me, this is going to be one of the highlights. It's really nice that hard work and dedication in training for the Great North Run not only resulted in many PBs, but is also being rewarded with the trip of a lifetime.”
The Great Club Challenge will also award winning clubs at each event £500 and 15 free entries to their respective 2016 Great Run, as well as 10 and five entries to the second and third placed clubs.