Be great in Birmingham in May
Great Birmingham 10K is the event with the great date and the great route. The Midlands classic will be staged on Sunday 31 May, so plenty of time to build up to the big day during the favourable spring period. For top training advice – plans and tips – visit the Great Run website.
And that big day is set to be extra special with organisers having updated last year's route. In 2020 runners will start near the Birmingham Hippodrome before passing the Mailbox, Grand Central and the historic Jewellery Quarter. Then it's on to a rousing finish in the city's Business District near Victoria Square and Colmore Row.
The new course will also pass the Roundhouse. The Grade II building has recently been the subject of a multi-million pound restoration and will open to the public this summer. The unique horseshoe-shaped site lies at the heart of the city's canal network and was once the home of the city's lamplighters and the horses of the Public Works department.
When they heard that the May event was running past their front door, the Roundhouse decided to get involved and field a team in the Business Challenge. One of the goals of the Roundhouse project is to help people become more active so being part of Great Birmingham 10K was a perfect fit.
The biggest Midlands event of the year is a perfect fit too for thousands of club, recreational and fun runners and their supporters who fill the streets of Birmingham with excitement and enthusiasm, drama and colour. Those supporters will raise their biggest cheers for hundreds of charity runners including Cure Leukaemia, Love Brum and Birmingham Children's Hospital.
In 2019 Kerri Mudie and Natalie Niblett ran for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, an achievement particularly sweet for Natalie who four months previously, had been unable to walk due to meningitis. The pair got an amazing reception at the finish line when they closed last year's race.
Another charity who will be fielding a large team at Great Birmingham 10K is Cure Leukaemia, who are backed by Midlands football legends Geoff Thomas and Ben Foster. Meanwhile Simon Gardner will lead a team of 15 runners in May when they take on the race to raise money for a new slide for pupils at Chad Vale Primary in Harborne.
Dads like Simon will be joined for the first time by future generations of Great Birmingham runners as the popular Junior and Mini Runs will be taking place on the same day as the 10K. Kids can now soak up the city-centre sights and pick up a finisher’s medal this year.
Mini Runners, aged 3-8 years, will take on a 1.5k city centre course while the Junior Run covers 2.5k for kids aged 9-16 years, giving children the chance to celebrate their own achievement and wear their medals with pride, just like the adults. To enter the Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Run click here.