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Distance Marathon
Price £55 per entry
Location Birmingham City Centre
Date 15 October 2017
Age 18 years old and over

Birmingham International Marathon

General entries for the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon are now closed but you can still secure your place on the start line and run for a charity.

If you're not feeling ready to take on the marathon challenge, entries are open for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon which will take place on the same day. You can also get the kids involved at the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Run which takes place in Alexander Stadium on Saturday 14 October. So if you've got kids aged 3-16 years old with energy to spare, this is the event to get them involved in. 
 

Whether you're a new runner or you've got hundreds of miles under your belt, this fantastic marathon route through the England's second city will be filled with musical entertainment, charity cheer buses and thousands of spectators cheering your name.
 

The atmosphere in Birmingham is second to none, so why not come and run for fun, for fitness or to raise money for a good cause?

 



 

Exclusive offer

Anyone who entered the 2017 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k (which took place on Sunday 30 April) will receive a £10 discount to the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon or the Birmingham International Marathon (both taking place on Sunday 15 October).

Please note: The discount will be applied upon entering the second event so please ensure that you use the same log in details.

Running in Birmingham has never been so GREAT!

Exclusive offer

The Course

 

The 26.2-mile event will be the inaugural run of our newly formed Great Run British Marathon Series and will start at Alexander stadium, the home of British Athletics. The course will take in a number of the city’s most iconic landmarks before finishing in the city centre.

Whether it's for the challenge, for charity, or just for the fun of it, the event, which will be staged on the same day as the well-established Great Birmingham Run half marathon, will be a notable occasion on the athletics calendar.

Marathon prize fund

There will be no shortage of incentives for athletes to excel in Britain’s newest marathons following the announcement of an extensive prize money fund totalling almost £70,000 for the Great Run British Marathon Series (which includes the Stirling Scottish Marathon and the Birmingham International Marathon).

In both the men’s and women’s races, the overall individual winner of each event will receive £2000, with £1000 awarded for second place and £750 for third, with awards stretching right down to £50 for 10th. 

There will also be £100 prizes for winners in the 35+, 45+ and 55+ veterans categories for men and women.

Club athletes are right at the heart of what The Great Run Company are looking to achieve with these marathon events and there are team club prizes on offer, too. The first 2 male and 2 female athletes from each team will count towards club prizes of £2000 for first place, £1200 for second, £800 for third, £400 for fourth and £200 for fifth.

Should any athletes be aiming for high benchmarks, or possibly even think a national record could be within their sights, there is added incentive in the form of time bonuses.

The Scottish marathon record currently sits at 2:09:16, set by Allister Sutton. Should that mark fall, there will be a £15,000 prize to the new record holder. Sir Mo Farah’s 2:08:21 is the current English record and the same prize is on offer to anyone able to lower that time in Birmingham.

If that task proves to be unattainable, there are further time bonuses to aim for. In Birmingham, £2000 will go to the fastest man below 2:17 and fastest woman below 2:32.

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Marathon prize fund

Merchandise

We're delighted to unveil the new and exclusive short sleeved 2017 Birmingham International Marathon training top now available to purchase.

The lightweight top includes moisture management fabrics, ergonomic flat seams designed to provide a comfortable fit while out on those long training runs, a unique Birmingham International Marathon design, and Great Run reflective graphics on the chest, sleeve and back to improve visibility while running in the dark.

The RRP for this specification of running top is normally £24.99, but as a Great Run customer, you can get it for only £16.

Your training top will be sent to you from February 2017, or within 28 days thereafter, subject to availability. Postage and packaging is also included in the price of the top.

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Merchandise

Downloads

Click on the links below to download useful event information:

Great Run Local

Need that little extra help with your training, or somewhere to continue your running experience? Join friendly runners and volunteers at our free, weekly 2k and 5k events and become part of a happier, healthier, growing community!

With your own personal Great Run Local wristband, you can track your progression through our unique mobile phone app, whilst meeting new people and interacting with others as you run! From children in pushchairs to our oldest runner at 88 years young, we encourage all abilities and ages to continue running with us all year round!

EVENTS NEAR YOU
GRL Ley Hill: Every Saturday, 9:30am
Holloway Hall Community Centre, Hohlloway, Ley Hill, Birmingham, B31 1TT

GRL The Vale: Every Sunday, 10:30am
University of Birmingham, The Vale Campus, Mason Way, Birmingham, B15 3SX

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We are always looking to increase local running opportunities. If you know of any potential venues that could make great running locations and are interested in getting a weekly event off the ground, please contact us at info@greatrunlocal.org.

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Location and history

Click on an image to find out more about the area

Alexander Stadium

Alexander Stadium

Barton Arms Pub

Barton Arms pub

Westley Richards

Westley Richards

Matthew Boulton College

Matthew Boulton College

Selfridges building

Selfridges building

The next milestone for marathon runners is the start-line for the Great Birmingham Run half marathon and the iconic Selfridges building with its 15,000 aluminium discs making it one of the top-ten most photographed buildings in the UK. This area is the oldest part of Birmingham and the Beorma tribe is believed to have settled in these parts many, many years ago.
Irish Quarter

Irish Quarter

Runners will head towards the Irish Quarter of Digbeth and Peaky Blinders territory… it’s here the notorious early 20th century gangs, made famous in the BBC crime drama, controlled the industrial streets.
Bournville

Bournville

Runners then pass through the suburb of Selly Park before heading to world- famous Bournville, a model village built by celebrated industrialists and social campaigners the Cadburys. Described as being ‘one of the nicest places to live in Britain’, Bournville is often quoted as laying the foundations for the development of garden cities with the chocolate factory at its heart.
Edgbaston cricket stadium

Edgbaston cricket stadium

This is where marathon participants get to see the famous Edgbaston cricket stadium, the oldest Test cricket ground in the world.
Cannon Hill Park

Cannon Hill Park

The beautiful Cannon Hill Park is the next landmark on the marathon check-list. With its stunning grounds, sports facilities, mac arts centre and pleasure boating lakes, Cannon Hill is one of the most popular open spaces in the city.
Millennium point

Millennium point

Runners will finish in the area around millennium point, passing the old Curzon Street railway station, which opened in 1838 and closed to the public in 1966. More recently, the surviving Grade I listed entrance building has been used for occasional art events.

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