Skip to Content

Distance 10K
Price £26 per entry
Location Birmingham City Centre
Date 30 April 2017
Age 15 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K

Anyone who enters the event after 10am on 24th April will need to pick up their pack from Up and Running at The Grand, 29 Colmore Row in Birmingham on Saturday 29 April (between 10am - 4pm) or from the Information Point at Aston University on Sunday 30 April from 8.30am.

If music is your motivator, the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k is the perfect event for you.  Strut your stuff across the start line to the most popular tunes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or present day, then hit the streets to your favourite music for an electric party atmosphere that will keep you going as you walk, jog, run – or even dance - all the way from the start to your well-deserved finisher’s pack!

If you're thinking of signing up, you'll have to be quick because the 80's, 90's and 'now' wave are already full!

The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k, which will be broadcast live on Channel 5 at 10:00 - 12:00, will feature a Commonwealth Run this year, to support Birmingham's bid to host the 2026 Commomwealth Games. Find out more and see how you can get involved here.

A perfect training event for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon or the brand new Birmingham International Marathon, both taking place on Sunday 15 October.
(Provisional start times - Marathon 09.30, Half 13.30)

Exclusive offer

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

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

Starting on Jennens Rd, close to Millennium Point and Thinktank, the route heads downhill, through Digbeth before heading out along Pershore Road to the furthest turn point at Cannon Hill Park. The route winds through the park and then crosses the road to Edgbaston Cricket Ground where the route takes in a lap of the stadium. After returning back along Pershore Rd the route passes Selfridges and the Bullring Shopping Centre before a short uphill section back to Jennens Rd. The final fast and flat section is downhill to the finish line on Curzon St, outside of Millennium Point.

Having crossed the finish line, participants will be able to relax and meet up with friends and family in the event village.

There will be support along the way, including drinks stations and bands on the run not to mention the encouragement of thousands of supporters and spectators lining the route.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Traffic and Travel

Ensure you plan your journey to the start line in advance of the big day as there will be a number of road closures in place and your usual routes into the city may not be available. Take a look at the selection of maps below to help you plan your travel and ensure you're there in time for you warm-up. The maps indicate opening and closing times of roads in and around Birmingham on Sunday 30 April, as well as diversions and parking options.

Road Closure Map

Road Re-opening Map


Road Closures

By using public transport you can avoid congested roads 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 National Express & Virgin Trains.
10 minutes walking time to start line.

Snow Hill
Serviced by National Express & Virgin Trains.
10 minutes walking time to start line.

Moor Street
Serviced by National Express Trains.
5 minutes walking time to start line.

For more information on any of these train services please visit: or

By train

Birmingham city centre is well serviced by buses/coaches, across both local and national networks. Please go to for more information and bus timetables.

Please note that due to the road closures for the event there are some local bus services that will be diverted, please go to then on the main tool bar click ‘information’, then click on ‘temporary diversions’.

For coach travel please go to here you will find information regarding timetables and more.

Please note that the start area on Jennens Rd does have an impact on Moor St Queensway where a number of bus routes alight/collect within the city centre, please be aware of these when making travel plans.

By bus

Coming to the event by car is still an option despite the road closures that will be in place. We 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 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 don’t 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.

4. Millennium Point car park on Cardigan Street will be closed between 09:45 - 14:15. Access to this car park will only be permitted from Curzon Circle and Curzon Street.

Click here for more car parking information for event day in the city >

By car


Please see below for the provisional 2017 event day timetable:

09:00 Information point and baggage facility opens 
10:27 CHALLENGER and ORANGE (Today's music) wave warm-up
10:38 START of Elite Men and CHALLENGER wave
10:43 START of ORANGE (Today's music) wave
10:48 WHITE (90's music) and GREEN (80's music) wave warm-up
10:58 START of WHITE wave (90's music)
11:03 START of GREEN wave (80's music)
11:08 PINK (70's music) wave warm-up
11:16 START of PINK wave (70's music)

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event


Event location

As the UK’s second biggest city, Birmingham has all the ingredients for a fantastic weekend. Take a trip to the Balti Triangle for a tasty curry, or check out the National Exhibition Centre for the latest line up of shows, which could include anything from Crufts to Beyonce!

If you're a keen shopper Birmingham is the place to be. With a selection of some of the UK’s best shops covering the city you won’t be short on choice.

Birmingham boasts a number of other iconic tourist hot spots, suitable for all the family, including Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the Bullring and the world-famous Cadbury World.

For more ideas on things to do in Birmingham you can go to:

About Birmingham

Birmingham has a huge selection of places to stay to suit all budgets and tastes. We recommend you familiarise yourself with the location of the Morrisons Great Birmingham 10k, research your travel options and make sure you choose somewhere suitable that will allow you to get to the start line in plenty of time.

If you are making a weekend of it in the nation’s second largest city then go to



Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K must meet the following criteria:

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 38.00
10 mile 51.00 63.00
Half M 69.00 83.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.48.00

Qualifying times must be achieved after the 1st January 2015.

Other standards considered:

  • Top 20 placing at National Senior XC Championships
  • Any athletes (Junior/ U23 / Senior) that have represented Great Britain at XC/ road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years will also be offered free elite entry.
Entry Criteria

Prize money will only be awarded to elite athletes not athletes who run fast times from the mass start.

  Men Women
1 £1500.00 £1500.00
2 £1250.00 £1250.00
3 £750.00 £750.00
4 £500.00 £500.00
5 £300.00 £300.00

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite Management reserve the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event. Elite entries for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Prize Structure