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Distance Half Marathon
Price £35 per entry
Location Birmingham City Centre
Date 16 October 2016

Great Birmingham Run

Half marathon entrants will receive exclusive priority entry for the 2017 Birmingham International Marathon.

England's second city is the perfect stage for an event that attracts competitors from around the world. The route takes in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, Cadbury World in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground. Live music will keep you motivated every step of the way and thousands of supporters turn out to cheer you across the line on Broad Street. Take part for the challenge, for charity, or just for the fun of it!  If you entered the 2016 Great Birmingham 10k you will receive a £10 discount into the 2016 Great Birmingham Run half marathon. 

Travel and parking

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 16 October, as well as diversions and parking options.

Road Closure Map

Road Re-opening Map

Car Park Map

Diversion Map


Road closures

Birmingham city centre is well-serviced by buses/coaches. 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’ to view these.

For coach travel, please go to

By bus

Coming to the event by car is still an option despite the road closures that will be in place. Organisers recommend using alternative methods of transport but if you do need to use your car here are a few points to help you:

  • Plan your journey in advance of event day; click here for the maps of the road closures in place for the event and plan your route accordingly.
  • Do not assume that you can use your normal routes into the city centre, please DO NOT rely on SAT NAVs as these could take you along routes that are closed for the event.
  • 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.
  • Parking is available within the city centre. Click here to see available car parking and access routes around road closures. On event day, car parks will work on a first come, first served basis and you park at your own cost.
By car

Birmingham City Centre has a number of train stations that are within walking distance of the start/finish areas, see details below. 

Travelling to the event on the West Coast Mainline?

Then take advantage of the exclusive Virgin Trains discount: For you, your friends and family... whether you're travelling to an event on your own or up to groups of nine, you can all get up to 50% off Virgin Trains Advance Fares. This exclusive discount on Virgin Trains is the cheapest, easiest and most comfortable way of getting you and your supporters to the start line. For booking information visit the website:

  • Five Ways - Serviced by National Express Trains. 10 minutes walking time to finish line, and 25 minutes from the start area on Jennens Road.
  • 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 (this is the closest station to the start line) - Serviced by National Express Trains. 5 minutes walking time to start line.
  • Jewellery Quarter - Serviced by National Express Trains. 25 minutes walking time to start line. Please check Sunday train times at the following train services websites: or
By train

If you are making a weekend of it in the nation’s second largest city then go to Visit Birmingham for information and booking details.


Exclusive offer

All those who entered the 2016 Great Birmingham 10k will receive a £10 discount on the entry price of the 2016 Great Birmingham Run half marathon.

Your discount will be deducted after entering the half marathon.

Enter the events using the link below:

Exclusive offer


Please see below for the 2016 event day timetable:

Time Great Birmingham Run - Sunday 16 October
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 provisional and may be subject to change in the lead up to the event

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

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

We offer overall prize money and British only prize money. 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 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:

  • B&m bargains northfield

    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
    804-814 Bristol
    Road south
    B31 2Ns

  • 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

  • Mission Burrito

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

  • 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