The Great Birmingham Run is well serviced by a large road network and numerous public transport hubs. However, due to the road closures that facilitate the runners, we strongly advise that all participants allow plenty of additional time to get into the city before using the facilities and starting their run.
Please be aware that Soho Road will be closed in both directions between B4144 Villa Road and Thornhill Road due to Diwali celebrations between 1400 and 2000 on Sunday 19th October. For more information click here
Virgin Trains is the official train partner of the Bupa Great Birmingham Run, visit them online
for exclusive offers. By using public transport you can avoid the inevitable congested roads that are caused by the road closures in place for the run. Birmingham City Centre has a number of train stations that are within walking distance of the start/finish areas these are as follows:
Birmingham New Street
Serviced by London Midlands Trains, Arriva Trains, Cross Country Trains & Virgin Trains.
5 minutes walking time to start line.
Serviced by London Midlands Trains & Chiltern Trains – as well as Midland Metro trams.
10 minutes walking time to start line.
Serviced by London Midlands Trains & Chiltern Trains.
15 minutes walking time to start line.
Serviced by London Midlands Trains.
10 minutes walking time to finish line at Broad Street.
For more information on any of these train services please visit: www.thetrainline.com
Birmingham city centre is well serviced by buses/coaches, across both local and national networks. Please go to http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/information/temporary-diversions/birmingham-bupa-half-matathon-/
for more information.
Oktoberfest bus information
For coach travel please visit www.nationalexpress.com
for timetable information.
Coming to the event by car is still an option despite the road closures that will be in place. The organisers would recommend where possible using alternative methods of transport but if you do need to use your car here are a few points to help you:
1. Plan your journey in advance of event day; check greatrun.org for the road closures in place for the event and plan your route accordingly.
2. Do not assume that you can use your normal routes into the City Centre, please DO NOT rely on SAT NAV’s as these could take you along routes that are closed for the event.
3. Give yourself plenty of travel time on event morning, there will be other runners coming into the City as well, the roads will get busy.
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Below is a map of the car parks that are open on the morning of the Great Birmingham Run.
Please note due to the road closures in place for the event, the approach to these car parks may be different from your normal route. Please follow the yellow access routes highlighted on the map to gain access.
On race day that car parks will work on a first come, first serve basis and you park at your own cost.
Brindley Place Q-Park car park are offering Great Birmingham Run runners and spectators reduced car parking on the day of the event. See the link below to pre-book your space and take advantage of this 50% off offer.
Simply click on the ‘pre-book your parking’ button and select Great Birmingham Run from the range of products available. When you have booked your parking, you will receive a booking confirmation that explains how to exit the car park.
If you are making a weekend of it in the nation’s second largest city then go to www.visitbirmingham.com/where-to-stay/
for information and booking details.