Great Birmingham Run

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Speed through the crowd filled streets of Birmingham in this half marathon. Great for first-timers and experienced runners alike, the course winds through the UK's second largest city and past its key landmarks. Come for the epic race day atmosphere or for that cherished finisher's medal.
10K, and Half Marathon
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Sun 10th Oct 2021
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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(18 Reviews)
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Based on 12,000 participants

Where and when
11 Andover St, Birmingham B5 5RG, UK
Start times
Half Marathon:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Great Birmingham Run
Half Marathon
Route information
The Birmingham Half Marathon starts and finishes in the city centre. Runners will loop down past Edgbaston - home of Warwickshire Cricket Club - before heading right down toward Cadbury World and looping back up to the city centre.
This race will be run of closed roads, so athletes need not worry about traffic. There will be refreshment stations throughout and the course will be well marshalled as well as distance-marked.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Bespoke t-shirt
  • Chip timed
  • Closed roads
  • Post-race goodie bag
  • Pre-race training and advice
  • Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route as well as access to all event information
  • Food and drink options to refuel
How to get there
11 Andover St, Birmingham B5 5RG, UK
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Address: Broad street, Birmingham, B1 2HP
Road Closures
Ensure you plan your journey to the start line in advance of the big day as there will be a number of road closures in place and your usual routes into the city may not be available.
Bus: Birmingham city centre is well-serviced by buses/coaches. Please note that due to the road closures for the event there are some local bus services that will be diverted, please visit then click on ‘temporary diversions’ to view the most up-to-date information.
Car: Coming to the event by car is still an option despite the road closures that will be in place. We would recommend using alternative methods of transport but if you do need to use your car here are a few points to help you: Plan your journey in advance of event day. Do not assume that you can use your normal routes into the city centre, please DO NOT rely on SAT NAVs as these could take you along routes that are closed for the event.
Give yourself plenty of travel time on event morning, there will be other runners coming into the city as well, the roads will get busy.Parking is only available within the city centre on a first come, first served basis, at runners’ own cost
Train: Birmingham City Centre has a number of train stations that are within walking distance of the start/finish areas:
Five Ways - Serviced by National Express Trains. 10 minutes from the start area on broad St. and 25 minutes walking time to finish line.
Birmingham New Street - Serviced by National Express & Virgin Trains. 15 minutes walking time to start and finish lines.
Snow Hill - Serviced by National Express & Virgin Trains. 15 minutes walking time to start line and 10 minutes to the finish.
Moor Street - Serviced by National Express Trains. 15 minutes walking time to start line and 10 minutes to the finish.
Jewellery Quarter - Serviced by National Express Trains. 25 minutes walking time to start line and 35 to finish.
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The Great Run Company
The Great Run Company is a United Kingdom events company specialising in the development, design, organisation and rights management of mass participation and televised sporting events. They most notably organise the Great North Run, Great South Run and Great Manchester Run annually.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are strongly encouraged to line the streets of Birmingham and support those running.
At what time does the Great Birmingham Run start?
The race start time for each competitor depends on your wave COLOR. Start time ranges from 9:30 to 11:05.
Is the Great Birmingham Run family-friendly?
The minimum age is 17 years old.
Which roads will be closed?
You should plan to arrive early and take in account road closures. All road closures can be seen here:
18 reviews
BicepFlexChallenging course
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Karl S
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
They seem to change the course every few years but it's well organised and get atmosphere. I've enjoyed it so much I've managed to complete all of them so far
Cathy B
Did the 10K in 2019
A tough run in the humidity made fun by additions to the course (my favourite the shower) and really fun motivational pacers!
Rebecca J
Did the 10K in 2019
I talked other people into doing this 10k on the basis of all the spectators all around the course keep you going. Well what a huge disappointment this yeats was. Out down 1 road where spectators cant easily get to there and back. I will never ever do this course again. Huge let down. Sort it out.
Shona j
Did the 10K in 2019
Fantastically well organised, plenty of music and crowd support fantastic energy both before during and after the event particularly on the event village- every runners wish T-shirt and bling !!
Vicky B
Did the 10K in 2016
The hill up to the end was hard work, but well worth it for the final 500 metres coming down broad street and crossing the finish line, fantastic atmosphere and crowds, loved the music stations dotted around the course and the odd little water stands too. At the starting line, It was busy, almost chaotic but still organised well, with lots of helpers around to ask where to go and getting everyone mentally ready to go and the themes for different starting groups was really fun! Being my first run I was really nervous, excited, and worried about not being able to get round or get anything like a decent time. The pacer runners were a really good way of keeping me motivated and not going too quick too soon and killing off my novice legs!
Steve E
Did the 10K in 2018
This is the best event I have ran in . Perfect for beginners and good to go for a PB. Friendly atmosphere and great crowds . 5 star for me
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
I haven’t run since doing this race. It broke me mentally and physically. It rained the whole way around. I kept slipping. I wouldn’t do this run again. It really put me off. The rain was torrential the whole way around.
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Well organised, would recommend! The first half of the course is flat or downhill! The second half has a few hills! Lots of support even though it was raining the whole event!
Did the 10K in 2018
Loved the atmosphere!! It was a "great" run I really enjoyed it. It was amazing to see the amount of people who would come out from their homes to cheer on and hand our sweets and drinks
Did the 10K in 2019
Wasn't a big fan of the route. There were less support along the route and only really had a big amount near the start/end and at the 5km point. Because of this I felt like it affected the atmosphere.However it was well organised the volunteers where great. I had much preferred the previous 4 years I had attended though.
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