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Distance Marathon
Price N/A
Location Birmingham City Centre
Date Oct 2019
Age 18 years old and over

Birmingham International Marathon


We’ve taken the difficult decision not to stage this year’s event, which was set to take place on Sunday 14 October 2018. There are a number of reasons why we’ve done this, but foremost was the desire, shared with Birmingham City Council, to create the best running experience in the country for our thousands of runners.

Birmingham is undergoing a huge amount of transformational building work, and with that comes huge pressure on the roads and the city. This meant that in 2017 we staged the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run and the Birmingham International Marathon on the same day, and sharing a lot of the route. This wasn’t ideal for runners, it wasn’t ideal for us, and neither event was as good as we wanted it to be.

We were hoping to be able to make some changes this year, to improve the running experience across both events, but we haven’t been able to achieve this. We’ve had to decide to focus on the half marathon, moving the start time back to the morning, and tweaking the course to make those improvements.

We understand that for those who have already entered, this will be disappointing news, as they’ve made a serious commitment, and we don’t take that lightly. Runners who have already entered will receive a full refund for their marathon entry. In most cases this will go straight back to the card used for payment within 10 working days. If you do not receive a refund within this time please contact our customer services team via email:

We do plan to stage the Birmingham International Marathon again in the near future and we’re working with our partners at Birmingham City Council to redesign the event in the lead up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

We hope you understand why we’ve taken this decision. Our customer services team will be happy to hear from you if you’ve got questions.