Great Birmingham Run

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Choose between a half marathon or 10k course to challenge yourselves on the crowd filled streets of Birmingham in this epic event. 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 unbeatable race day atmosphere or for that cherished finisher's medal. Brought to you by the people behind the Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon.
Half Marathon, 10k, Junior, and 1 more
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9:30am Sun 1st May 2022 - 11:55am Sun 1st May 2022
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Where and when
City Centre, Birmingham, UK
Start times
9:30am Sun 1st May 2022
Half Marathon:
9:30am |
11:10am Sun 1st May 2022
11:55am Sun 1st May 2022
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Great Birmingham Run
Half Marathon
Route information
The 10k route starts in the city centre and takes runners past the iconic Bullring, and out along Pershore Road to the beautiful Cannon Hill Park which marks the half way point – runners then loop round the world famous Edgbaston Cricket Ground and past Calthorpe Park, before a final section through Digbeth before the grandstand city centre finish.
The Half marathon route follows the 10k route out along Pershore Road, turning right through Selly Park before heading out towards Bourneville which marks the half way point – then joins the 10k route at Cannon Hill Park, passing Edgbaston, Calthorpe Park on the homestretch into the city centre for the grandstand finish.
*Please note course may be subject to change.
Organiser route images
What's included
  • Bespoke Finishers Medal
  • Exclusive finishers t-shirt
  • Finishers goodie bag
  • Free training plan
  • Oncourse music entertainment zones to keep you motivated
  • Incredible crowd support
  • Access to local Runner Reward offers
  • Pre-race training advice and motivation
  • 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
  • Oncourse hydration stations
  • Post event finisher village with activations and giveaways
  • Chip-timed results
  • Closed roads
  • Marked and marshalled route
  • Full medical support
How to get there
City Centre, Birmingham, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
Public Transport
Due to the number of participants, it is advised that you use public transport.
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.
Event day logistics
08:30 Event Village and information point opens
09:20 Orange and White eaves warm up
09:30 Orange wave starts
09:41 White wave starts
09:42 Green wave warm up
09:42 Pink wave warm up
09:52 Green wave starts
10:14 Pink wave starts
10:45 Junior Run assembly
11:10 Junior Run starts
11:40 Mini Run assembly
11:15 Mini Run starts
15:00 Event Village and information point closes
*All timings are subject to change, and confirmed start times will be released closer to the event date and communicated to all entrants by Great Run.
Start Times
Your start time and wave allocation will be based on your estimated finish time when you enter. You can determine what wave you are in by looking at your race number, which you will receive in your race pack.
Race Pack
Race numbers will be included in your race pack which will be sent to entrants who register before 10:00 on 22nd April. This will include your timing chip, wave colour, arrival time, and approximate start time.
Once you have received your race pack, you must read all the information as this is important preparation and will make sure you enjoy your day.
Entrants who sign up for the Great Birmingham Run after 10:00 on 22nd April will need to collect their race pack from the grounds of Aston University Campus near the Library, just off Aston Street and from 10:00 – 16:00 on Saturday 30 April and from 08:30 on Sunday 1 May.
Entrants who have their race number do not need to register on the day.
There will be Great Run Information points on the day for if you have any last minute queries.
Age Requirements
Great Birmingham Run entries are open to runners aged 15 & over for the 10k and 17 & over for the Half Marathon.
The Junior race is for children aged 9 - 15. The Mini race is for children aged 3 - 8, and all Mini entrants must run with a parent.
Bag Drop
A self-service bag drop will be available for all runners on event day. All runners need to fill out their bag label (which is detached from their race number) and attach it to their bag before dropping it off. There will be security staff present but the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for lost/stolen items.
Live Photos
Your official race photos from the run will go LIVE the moment you pass a MarathonPhotos.Live photographer at points around the course.
Share your race number with family and friends and they can register to be notified as soon as your photos are online, as well as track your progress around the course.
Results will be published hereExternalLink after the event.
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Did the race in 2022
It was a fantastic experience. The only thing is, we received our bib last week 3 months after the run event. Me and my friends are planning to register for the Bristol Great Run, I hope we receive our number bib ahead of time.
Did the race in 2022
It was my first Birmingham half but I will definitely be back next year. The support from people on the route and residents was amazing.
Did the race in 2022
Did the race in 2022
Really enjoyed being at a big event again. Absolutely fantastic T-shirt and medal this year. Felt really organised this year especially after a hiatus.
Did the race in 2022
Great fun, buses for bags worked really well, that hill near the end was a challenge!
Did the race in 2022
Apart from that nasty Hill at the end! It was the best 10k I've run, loved it, the atmosphere was brilliant, the crowd were amazing shouting out our names and cheering us on..... so well organised and I raised over £800 for BCH where my little boy attends, he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy last year so this means alot to me..I'm absolutely booking up for next year!
Did the race in 2022
Finding bag drop was difficult which made us late for our correct pen. Signage was poor to get to the race and find where we needed to be
Did the race in 2022
After the security issues that marred the 2019 event and covid 19 cancelling the 2020 and 21 events it was great to be back. Well done Birmingham and thanks for a great Brummie welcome!
Did the race in 2022
Amazing. Am going to do it again with my partner and friends for Birmingham children's hospital
Did the race in 2022
Course much more undulating with a nasty hill in the final km. Poor support on much of it for a big city race and no real organisation at the start to manage the colour band start zones. Plus still awaiting my UKA discount to be applied as a licenced event is obligated to.
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