The UK’s largest and most successful indoor domestic athletics series, the McCain Indoor City Challenge (ICC), will return in 2009 providing high calibre domestic competition and prizes totalling approximately £20,000.
ICC 2009 begins with semi-finals at Lee Valley, London on the 24th January, and at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield on the 8th February and concludes with the final in Cardiff on 28th February.
The competition, which caters for both top club athletes and rising GB & NI international stars, is a nationwide city team-based competition. Twelve teams from Belfast to London and Edinburgh to Bristol compete across two semi final stages and a grand final to fight for the title of ICC Champions 2008.
ICC Competition Manager Paul Aldridge said: "The 2009 McCain Indoor City Challenge promises to give more incentives than ever for athletes to perform at their very best during the series.
"With the addition of UK Athletics’ Principal Partner McCain as a series sponsor this has enabled us, amongst other things, to increase the prizes available.
"Personal and season’s bests will carry bonus prizes, as will setting new ICC Records or scoring the highest points for the team. Series long prize bonuses are also available, most notably the McCain ICC Golden Challenge prize worth £2500 and the Athlete Champion League."
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