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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Sun 1st May 2022
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Based on 12,000 participants

City Centre, Birmingham, UK
Start times
Sun 1st May 2022
Half Marathon:
9:30am |
9:30am |
Here's what races are available for Great Birmingham Run
Half Marathon
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.
  • 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
City Centre, Birmingham, UK
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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.
09:30 Half Marathon & 10k start
*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 approximately 2 weeks before the event. 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 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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Great Run is the UK’s biggest mass participation sports business. They have been creating and delivering major, televised, mass participation events for over 4 decades. In that time, over 4.7m runners, swimmers and cyclists have been cheered across the finish line. Their signature event is the world’s biggest half marathon, the iconic Great North Run, which reached its milestone 40th event last year. The Great North Run evolved into a UK wide series of events, giving over 200,000 runners the chance to achieve their goals every year.
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18 reviews
BicepFlexChallenging course
ThumbsUpWell organized
ActionHighFiveHelpful volunteers
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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