The course has something for everyone and is suitable for all levels of ability, whether beginner or experienced. It features many of Birmingham's landmarks before the big buzz of a city centre finish... and the buzz doesn't get much bigger than Birmingham's!
Starting on Jennens Rd, close to Millenium Point and Thinktank, the route passes Selfridges and the Bullring Shopping Centre before heading out along the Pershore Rd to the furthest turn point at Edgbaston Cricket Ground where the route takes in a lap of the stadium. The first 6km is generally flat, allowing plenty of time to warm up the legs in preparation for the slightly more challenging uphill section between 7km and 8km as the route heads back towards the city centre. The final flat and fast section is topped off with a downhill finish into Broad Street.
Having crossed the finish line participants will be able to relax and meet up with friends and family in the event village in Centenary Square surrounded by its many famous buildings.
There will be support along the whole course including drinks stations, cheering buses and bands on the run not to mention the encouragement of the thousands of supporters and spectators lining the route.
Stay hydrated when you run
You can find water at the start areas and a water station at approximately 4/4.5k near Edbaston Cricket Ground. There will also be water available at the finish and in your finisher's pack.
There is plenty of water for all runners but please remember the following key tips which will help those behind you:
- Be prepared for the water stations – these will be signed in advance, so make sure you are ready to take a bottle and be careful of other runners around you!
- Please take only 1 bottle from the feed stations – be considerate of the runners behind you!
- When you have finished with your drink discard your bottle to the kerb edge or beyond – look where you are discarding your bottle before you do it and try and keep it from the running carriageway.
Every km on the route will be identified by large signs at the side of the road giving you a clear indication as to how far into your run you are!
Slower paced participants
The Police, Local Authority and the people of Birmingham are extremely supportive of the event but we do need to reopen roads to a set time plan. There will be a vehicle at the rear of the field which will follow the last runners and the walking wave. This vehicle will move at 15 minute per KM pace. If you are passed by this vehicle then you will be asked to finish the event using the footpaths. Depending on where you are on the route you may be asked to move to the pavement or may be required to deviate from the course in order to cross large trunk roads. There will be a sweep vehicle at the rear of the event which can relocate slow runners to the finish area on Broad St.
Don’t worry the finish line and the finish system will remain in place so that everyone gets to cross the line and gets a run time and finisher souvenirs!
Medical cover will be available across the event. At the start (Jennens Rd) where runners will be assembling, on course at intervals along the route and at the finish area where a main medical facility will be located off Broad Street close to the finish line itself. Please ensure that you fill out the details on the reverse of your run number before event day, this info is valuable to medics in cases of emergency.