Running's Coming Home
Looking for a running event to target in 2017? Birmingham has a Great lineup of races...
Birmingham’s status as a world-class sporting city has been further underlined by the addition of a new marathon taking place in its city centre. The Birmingham International Marathon takes place as part of a great day of running, alongside the established Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon, on 15 October 2017.
The Birmingham International Marathon has been launched with the ambition of raising the standards of distance running in Britain and so far more than 5,000 people have signed up to tackle the 26.2mile distance which plots a course through the centre of the Second City.
‘Running’s coming home’ is the message being touted by race organisers; widely regarded as the birthplace of mass participation long-distance running events, Birmingham staged one of the country’s first open-to-all marathons, the People’s Marathon, which ran from 1980-85. Now the Birmingham International Marathon will cement the city’s position as the European Capital of Running and also promises to provide a real boost for the city’s bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
Second City Route
The Birmingham International Marathon starts at the city’s Alexander Stadium; the home of British Athletics and illustrious Birchfield Harriers. As runners leave Aston and head towards the city centre they will pass the beautiful Barton Arms pub, built in 1900 and once visited by Laurel and Hardy. As the runners continue to the city centre the home of famous gunsmiths Westley Richards is the next famous landmark to look out for.
As runners leave the city centre they pass Matthew Boulton College, named after one of the city’s entrepreneurial forefathers who, along with James Watt and William Murdoch, helped kick-start the Industrial Revolution and made Birmingham a global manufacturing powerhouse and ‘the city of a thousand trades’.
The route takes in the iconic Selfridges building, before heading through the Irish Quarter and Bournville, home to Cadburys. Next up is Edgbaston, where marathon participants will get to see the oldest Test cricket ground in the world.
Once runners have negotiated Cannon Hill Park, they will finish their journey at Millennium Point, where they will experience the unrivalled finish line feeling and receive their much-deserved medal and finishers’ pack.
Tackle The 10K
If music is your motivator, the Great Birmingham 10K is the perfect event for you. Strut your stuff across the start line to the most popular tunes from the 70s, 80s, 90s or present day, then hit the streets to your favourite music for an electric party atmosphere that will keep you going as you walk, jog, run – or even dance - all the way from the start to your well-deserved finisher’s pack!
Taking place on 30 April 2017, the Great Birmingham 10K is the perfect training run for the marathon and half marathon. With a carnival atmosphere, this is a fun event intended to celebrate all that is good about Birmingham.
You can enter each event at the following links:
Great Birmingham 10K – greatrun.org/great-birmingham-10k
Birmingham International Marathon – greatrun.org/birmingham-international-marathon
Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon – greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run