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Morrisons Great Birmingham Run

The Morrisons Great Birmingham Run is the biggest half marathon in the Midlands.

England's second city is the perfect stage for the event that attracts competitors from across the UK and around the world.

The course takes in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, the Cadbury World in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground. Live music from 'bands on the run' keep you motivated every step of the way and thousands of supporters turn out to cheer finishers across the line on Broad Street in the heart of the city centre.


Please see below for the 2015 event day timetable:

Time Morrisons Great Birmingham Run - Sunday 18 October
07:00 Information point opens
07:30 Baggage buses will be available on Woodcock Street at the rear of the start assembly areas
10:00 Warm-up for orange and white waves
10:10 Elite men, elite women and orange wave start
10:23 White wave starts
10:25 Warm-up starts for green and pink waves
10:35 Green wave starts
10:48 Pink wave starts

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

The Course

The 2015 Morrisons Great Birmingham Run half marathon course will see thousands of runners take their place on the start line on Jennens Road.  From here the route will take them on a 13.1 mile tour of the city, passing iconic buildings such as the Bullring, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Cadbury World in Bournville.  After taking on the infamous hill at around mile 11, all runners will then head down Broad Street to cross the finish line to the sound of applause from thousands of supporters.  With entertainment, bands on the run, water stations, and charity cheering points around the course, this half marathon certainly doesn’t lack in atmosphere!

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

Course Map

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


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

10 mile53.0062.00
Half M69.3082.00

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

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

*British athletes can collect both prize structures.

  Men Women   Men Women
1 $500.00 $500.00 1 $1500.00 $1500.00
2 $300.00 $300.00 2 $1000.00 $1000.00
3 $200.00 $200.00 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 will close approximately 2 weeks before the event.

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 Morrisons Great Birmingham Run offers:

  • PhysioArt

    25% off physiotherapy and sports massage for a month before and month after the Great Birmingham Run (18 September to 18 November inclusive). Please quote GREATRUN2015 when booking.
    The University Medical Centre
    5 Pritchatts Road
    West Midlands
    B15 2QU

  • Start Fitness

    Special Morrisons Great Birmingham Run Offer - 25% Off All Puma Great Run Merchandise Online. Use Code GREATRUN25 online @
    Start Fitness
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE1 5JQ

  • Purecraft Bar & Kitchen

    Free Half Pint or Alcoholic-Free Beer ( Did you know Maisel’s Weisse Alcohol-free is the ideal fitness and wellness beverage for active and health conscious connoisseur) with Purchase of Main Meal & producing a medal! Offer valid on race-day.
    30 Waterloo St
    West Midlands
    B2 5TJ