Shiny new route for Great Birmingham 10K
Great Run has revealed a gem of a route for the Great Birmingham 10K that includes the Jewellery Quarter for the first time ever. Participants will be taken on a historic tour of the UK’s second city on Sunday 31 May.
This popular 10K returns in 2020 with a great late spring date and a new course that puts Birmingham in the spotlight. Fittingly, the race starts from the Hippodrome Theatre as waves of runners will head off on closed roads and into the creative quarter, Digbeth and its arts venues, cafes and independent shops.
They reach the iconic St Martin’s Church and the Bullring at 3k; the former dating back to the Middle Ages and the latter a busy, modern shopping mall. No-one will fail to notice the sparkling, aluminium disc covered Selfridges building or at 4k, the distinctive Mailbox before continuing across Broad Street and the ‘Golden Mile’, a well known entertainment nightspot.
It’s away from the bright lights and along the Venetian-inspired canal network at 6k before reaching the world famous Jewellery Quarter. It houses a large concentration of businesses involved in the trade that accounts for 40% of the UK’s jewellery production. Then more businesses in the shape of the new HSBC UK and PwC at 9k as runners start to wind up for a big city centre finish at the Town Hall, Victoria Square and Colmore Row.
Participants can expect a warm Brum welcome from enthusiastic crowds lining the route and loud applause at the finish. Then celebrate at one of the many bars, cafes or restaurants.
Enter the Great Birmingham 10K via the Great Run website.
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