Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon (BBCHM)

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Take part in this unique point-to-point race to celebrate all things Birmingham. The 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, 6 Jul 2024
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Wolverhampton WV1 1LJ, UK
Start times
Saturday, 6 Jul 2024
Half Marathon: 8:30 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon (BBCHM)
Half Marathon
£37 - £39
Route information
Terrain: Mixed (gravel, tracks, trails, pavement) Elevation: Flat with a few bridges near the end (so save some energy)
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
  • Floating drinks stations
  • Well-stocked goody bag
  • Bag drop
  • Toilets available
  • T Shirt (If ordered before the end of May 2024)
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
08:30 - 12:00 Half Marathon start windows
** Runners will start in waves based on their estimated finish time.
More detailed information will be available closer to race day.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 17 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.
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.
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.
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.
Will there be parking at The Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon?
There will be parking in the surrounding area for a fee.
Will I get a T shirt?
If you enter the event BEFORE the end of May 2024. After this date, an alternative memento will be provided.
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