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Distance Half Marathon
Price £35 per entry
Location Birmingham City Centre
Date 15 October 2017

Great Birmingham Run

Well done to everyone who took part in the 2016 Great Birmingham Run. You were all brilliant and should be very proud of yourselves.

We’re delighted to announce entries are now open for the 2017 event taking place on Sunday 15 October, on the same day as the new Birmingham International Marathon! The provisional start time for the half-marathon is 13:30. 

You can find your results from today here >


Our friends at Marathon Photos would like to offer you an exclusive offer on your 2016 Great Birmingham Run photos for a limited period of time.

  • Week one (up until midnight on Sunday 23 October) - you will receive 30% off download photos
  • Week two (Monday 24 October until midnight on Sunday 30 October) - you will receive 20% off download photos
  • Week three (Monday 31 October until midnight on Sunday 6 November) - you will receive 10% off download photos

You can find your photos by searching by 'surname' or 'run number', click here >

Marathon Photos would also like to share a digital summary of your day, which you can find on the following MyPace link >

Special offer

The Course

The course may be subject to change in the lead up to event day.

Entertainment on the course

The Great Birmingham Run will take runners from the iconic City Centre backdrop south towards the world famous cricketing arena of Edgbaston and on to Bournville, the home of Cadbury World. As well as the fantastic sights and support from the locals there will be some upbeat musicians and bands to keep you going along the route.

The jelly babies are back!

Just before you take on the infamous hill you'll pass by our Jelly Baby station, giving you the perfect boost to get you to the top!

Course Map


The start and assembly areas are located on Jennens Road. This area is divided into 4 coloured areas - ORANGE/ WHITE /GREEN and PINK (these correspond to your coloured run number) and spans across both carriageways of the road. Please follow the clearly-marked routes to your coloured area – access gates into the rear of each assembly area will be managed to make sure the correct coloured run numbers enter the correct assembly area. Great Run stewards and marshals will be on hand to help direct you to evenly fill both sides of the carriageway, so please use all the space we have created for you.

Please ensure that you use the toilet facilities prior to entering your assembly area. The assembly areas themselves have been measured and barriered to cater for the number of runners taking part. However, it will get busy so use all available space within the assembly areas, on both sides of the carriageway. The wave system will be used at the start. This measured control is to help regulate the flow of runners through the narrow sections of the course. Please be patient when waiting to start your run. Remember that your timing chips provide a totally accurate time for your run and will not be activated until you cross the start line and when you finish.

Running with friends or family
If you want to run with a friend but have been issued different coloured run numbers, organisers ask that you follow a simple rule – runners can move down a zone (away from the start line) but cannot move up a zone (or towards the start line). For example, a runner wearing a run number can move back into the GREEN assembly area but not forward into the ORANGE assembly area.

Toilets are available in the streets leading to the start and assembly areas on Jennens Road. It is inevitable that the toilet facilities will be busy before and after the run, so please allow plenty of time. There are also toilets located on the course, near to the drinks stations and at the finish in Centenary Square.

Missing persons
There will be a missing person’s point located in Centenary Square (next to the information point). In the event that you come across a missing person please contact the nearest event steward, official or police officer.

The Great Run warm-up expert will be onsite to get every runner warmed up and stretched for the Great Birmingham Run. There will be 2 separate warm-ups – the first will be for ORANGE and WHITE wave runners, followed by a second (after the start of the wave) for GREEN and PINK runners, who will be moved forward towards the start line and warmed up before starting their run – see the timetable for a full list of start times.

At the start

When you cross the finish line please don’t stop immediately – there is a little way to walk before you can have a well-earned rest! You will be glad to know that you can walk once you cross the finish line, but please keep moving and follow the instructions of the Great Run marshals who will direct you to the finisher’s area.

Chip collection
There is no need to stop and remove your timing chip – as you know this is on the reverse of your run number and is disposable, therefore, please carry on through the finish system. Please dispose of your run number responsibly after the event.

Aqua Pura
Next on the agenda is a well-earned drink of water! Please keep moving through the finish system where marshals will direct you to your finisher’s pack; inside you will find a bottle of Aqua Pura water.

Finisher’s pack
Finishers’ packs will be sorted by T- shirt size. Please take a pack with the T-shirt size you specified when you entered the event. You’ve worked hard so enjoy the goodies inside, including edible items, Lucozade Sport and that all important souvenir medal.

Meeting friends and family
Family and friends will be able to wait for runners on Broad Street or in Centenary Square. Flying banners will be positioned along Broad Street on the route towards Centenary Square. Please wait for your friends and family next to the flying banner that has the letter which corresponds to the first letter of the runner’s surname. For example, runner John Smith’s family/friends would wait for him underneath the banner that shows the letter “S.” Please remember that not everyone can stand at the finish line or at the end of the finish system so please arrange with your friends and family to meet them in the family reunion area or elsewhere in the city.

Toilets are available in the streets leading to the start and assembly areas on Jennens Road. It is inevitable that the toilet facilities will be busy before and after the run, so please allow plenty of time. There are also toilets located on the course, near to the drinks stations and at the finish in Centenary Square.

Baggage reclaim
If you have used the baggage bus system you can reclaim your possessions from the buses parked on Holliday Street, by following the signs. Buses are colour and number coded so please remember which number bus you put your bags on.

• Only those who show their run number will be given access
• On leaving the vehicle stewards will ask to see your run number and the baggage label number to verify you have the correct item

All results will be available at as soon as possible following the event.

Official photographs
Our official photographers will be at the event to capture all of the action. Visit in the days following the run to see if there are any snaps of you.

Join the conversation
Stay up to date with all the latest event day information on our social media channels. From travel tips and timetable information, to what to eat before your event, we provide a wide range of useful information before and after your big day. We’d love to hear from you and see pictures of the highlights of your day. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #GreatBirminghamRun.

At the finish

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


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

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 37.00
10 mile 51.00 62.00
Half M 69.00 82.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.47.00

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

Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out how to take advantage of the free Great Runners Welcome Here offers linked to your event click here.

Your Great Birmingham Run offers:

  • Mission Burrito

    Show your medal all week for 20% off your food bill
    The Water's Edge
    B1 2HL

  • The Lost & Found

    Day of the event only. Free glass of Favola Prosecco or a pint of Grolsch lager when you present your medal at the bar.
    The Lost & Found
    8 Bennetts Hill
    West Midlands
    B2 5RS

  • The Brown Lion

    A free drink for runners who come in and show their medal to bar staff on race day.
    The Brown Lion
    18 Hall Street
    West Midlands
    B18 6BS

  • Up and Running Birmingham

    15% off products in-store for Birmingham Great Run participants. *Not in conjunction with any other offers or discounts. 10% on electronics. Valid until Sunday 16th October on production of valid race number or race confirmation.
    25-29 Temple Street
    West Midlands
    West Midlands
    B2 5DB