Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon

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£37.00 - £39.00

4.4

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About
Take part in this celebration of Birmingham and the Black Country in this unique point-to-point race. This route will be along the canal towpaths between Wolverhampton and the centre of Birmingham. Come for the floating drinks stations, scenic views, and goody bag at the finish line.
Half Marathon
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Sat, 1 Jul 2023
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4.4
(89 Reviews)
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Elevation

5 to 20m elevation gain per km

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Where and when
Location
Wolverhampton WV1 1LJ, UK
Start times
Sat, 1 Jul 2023
Half Marathon:
8:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon
Half Marathon
Distance
13mi
£37.00 - £39.00
Route information
Terrain: Mixed (gravel, tracks, trails, pavement)
Elevation: Flat
Route Type: Point-to-point
This mostly flat event takes runners along the famous 'Coseley Tunnel', a 360m tunnel and a memorable part of the race. The route will be plenty scenic, and mostly flat with a few small inclines at locks and bridges.
There will also be floating drinks stations in the form of canal barges every 3 miles, which will offer runners water and electrolytes.
The conditions underfoot vary from gravel tracks and un-kept trails to smooth pavement.
What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Event T-shirt
  • Floating drinks stations
  • Well-stocked goody bag
  • Bag drop
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Finisher's Medal
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Train
How to get there
Wolverhampton WV1 1LJ, UK
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The Start
The Canal & River Trust Boat Yard in Wolverhampton is very accessible from the train station or there are car parks in the surrounding area for a fee.
There will be comprehensive instructions in the race information pack.
The Finish
Ideally, entrants should head towards the Birmingham Sealife centre in Brindley Place, Birmingham. From there, head towards the NIA / Barlcaycard Arena and look down to the left to find the event village.
The finish line is just off from the main line and many people use the Bridges to spectate from.
Getting back to Wolverhampton is a 10 minute walk to Birmingham New Street Station or 5 Ways Station.
Event day logistics
08:00 - 12:00 Half Marathon start window
* Runners will start in waves based on their estimated finish time.
More detailed information will be available closer to raceday.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 16 and older to enter the Half Marathon.
Drinks Stations
The route features floating drinks stations on barges every 3 miles along the canal.
Magic Word
If you want to be included in the same start wave as friends and running partners, make sure you put the same 'Magic Word' when prompted during the registration flow.
Crowds
Spectator Info
Spectators can view the start from the public footpath, which offers an elevated view point. At the end there is also an elevated view point across the bridges at Brindley Place whilst you enjoy a lovely cup of java.
FAQs
What kind of terrain is The Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon?
The conditions underfoot vary from gravel tracks and un-kept trails to smooth pavement.
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Is there somewhere I can leave my bag while I run at The Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon?
Yes, there will be a bag drop at the event.
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Will there be parking at The Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon?
There will be parking in the surrounding area for a fee.
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Reviews
4.4
89 reviews
paul
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
It was a challenge but great feeling when you pass the finish line
rebecca
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Lovely run with friendly staff and great atmosphere at the finish line!
shoaib
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2022
There was a diversion so the course was longer than a half marathon which in turn meant that the running time was not a true representation of our half marathon time
wendy
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2022
1st half and not as expected from the course. Sold as a good flat course but lots of small bridges/paths to go up and over, over 15. Diversion poor. Canal path overgrown quite a lot in parts. Despite being told to walk the tunnel a lot of people were running and complained at people walking. Poor signage in places, not enough Marshalls at key points.However water stations placed regularly and their Marshalls were superb, encouraging and happy to help. Most of the runners really friendly and encouraging too. Ordered medium t shirts for myself and husband and none left when we finishers which is really frustrating given we pay for it. Told all that was left which isn’t acceptable either. Pleased done it but wouldn’t recommend.
robert
Star
2.7
Did the race in 2022
I Enjoyed the race and experience. But there is no atmosphere for almost the entire race, and where there was a diversion they should have also been a Marshall but wasn’t so runners were going in different directions with lack of signage.
jacqueline
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2022
My only moan was that there should have been a marshal on the old canal to stop people going wrong way as it wasn't very clear as the area is very rough
karen
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2022
This was my first Half Marathon. I chose it because it was mostly flat. There are a few bridges along the way but it is mostly flat and for the majority of the course the terrain was good. I was in one of the last waves - 11am; by this time the there were very few people running and very few marshals on the course. I did wonder if someone had an accident it would be difficult to get help. The marshals were friendly and there were plenty of water stations. The medal, T-shirt and goodie bag were all great. I’d do the course again but wouldn’t recommend it to those who want crowds and an atmosphere.
karen
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2022
Lovely peaceful route, very organised,
amisha
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2022
flat course but felt like lots of bridges.
martin
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2022
Yes I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend the race to others who have not done this run before.I would recommend trail trainers or a strong pair of running shoes as the terrain can be varied along the towpaths.
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Recent Questions
John Raine
28/10/2021
What is the elevation change along the route? Could you post the route map?
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