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Distance Marathon
Price £58.00 per entry
Location Birmingham City Centre
Date 14 October 2018
Age 18 years old and over

Birmingham International Marathon

General entries for the 2018 Birmingham International Marathon are now open!

Whether you're a new runner or you've got hundreds of miles under your belt, this fantastic marathon route through the England's second city will be filled with musical entertainment, charity cheer buses and thousands of spectators cheering your name.

The atmosphere in Birmingham is second to none, so why not come and run for fun, for fitness or to raise money for a good cause?

If you don't quite feel up to the marathon challenge, we also have the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon taking place on the very same day. 



The 26.2-mile event will start at Alexander stadium, the home of British Athletics. The course will take in a number of the city’s most iconic landmarks before finishing in the city centre.

Whether it's for the challenge, for charity, or just for the fun of it, the event, which will be staged on the same day as the well-established Great Birmingham Run half marathon, will be a notable occasion on the athletics calendar.

Please note: this is the 2017 course and is subject to change for 2018



Elite and Club Athletes

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Birmingam International Marathon must meet the following criteria:

Distance Men Women
Half M 69.00 83.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.48.00

Qualifying times must be achieved after the 1st January 2016.

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 elite free entry

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.

Elite entry criteria

Prize money is available for Britsth athletes at this event 

Club prizes are given to the top three teams, scoring is based on the combined total running time of the first two men and first two women in each club. Club Athletes must be registered and part of an affliated club.

Position Women  Men
1st  £1,000 + entry in 2019 event £1,000 + entry in 2019 event
2nd  £500 + entry in 2019 event £500 + entry in 2019 event
3rd  £250 + entry in 2019 event £250 + entry in 2019 event
4th  £200 £200
5th  £100 £100
V35 £50 £50
V45 £50 £50
V50 £50 £50
1st Club Team £650 (total prize for team)  
2nd Club Team £450 (total prize for team)  
3rd Club Team £300 (total prize for team)  

Exclusive offer

As part of our partnership with Science in Sport everyone who enters the event will have the opportunity to claim a free introduction pack from Science in Sport containing 10 Isotonic Energy Gels.

Look out for the SiS link in your entry confirmation email to redeem this great offer, or if you have already entered an event you can contact for further details.

Energy gel offer

Great Run Local

Need that little extra help with your training, or somewhere to continue your running experience? Join friendly runners and volunteers at our free, weekly 2k and 5k events and become part of a happier, healthier, growing community!

With your own personal Great Run Local wristband, you can track your progression through our unique mobile phone app, whilst meeting new people and interacting with others as you run! From children in pushchairs to our oldest runner at 88 years young, we encourage all abilities and ages to continue running with us all year round!

GRL Ley Hill: Every Saturday, 9:30am
Holloway Hall Community Centre, Hohlloway, Ley Hill, Birmingham, B31 1TT

GRL The Vale: Every Sunday, 10:30am
University of Birmingham, The Vale Campus, Mason Way, Birmingham, B15 3SX

We are always looking to increase local running opportunities. If you know of any potential venues that could make great running locations and are interested in getting a weekly event off the ground, please contact us at


Great Run Local

Location and history

Click on an image to find out more about the area

Alexander Stadium

Alexander Stadium

Barton Arms Pub

Barton Arms pub

Westley Richards

Westley Richards

Matthew Boulton College

Matthew Boulton College

Selfridges building

Selfridges building

The next milestone for marathon runners is the start-line for the Great Birmingham Run half marathon and the iconic Selfridges building with its 15,000 aluminium discs making it one of the top-ten most photographed buildings in the UK. This area is the oldest part of Birmingham and the Beorma tribe is believed to have settled in these parts many, many years ago.
Irish Quarter

Irish Quarter

Runners will head towards the Irish Quarter of Digbeth and Peaky Blinders territory… it’s here the notorious early 20th century gangs, made famous in the BBC crime drama, controlled the industrial streets.


Runners then pass through the suburb of Selly Park before heading to world- famous Bournville, a model village built by celebrated industrialists and social campaigners the Cadburys. Described as being ‘one of the nicest places to live in Britain’, Bournville is often quoted as laying the foundations for the development of garden cities with the chocolate factory at its heart.
Edgbaston cricket stadium

Edgbaston cricket stadium

This is where marathon participants get to see the famous Edgbaston cricket stadium, the oldest Test cricket ground in the world.
Cannon Hill Park

Cannon Hill Park

The beautiful Cannon Hill Park is the next landmark on the marathon check-list. With its stunning grounds, sports facilities, mac arts centre and pleasure boating lakes, Cannon Hill is one of the most popular open spaces in the city.
Millennium point

Millennium point

Runners will finish in the area around millennium point, passing the old Curzon Street railway station, which opened in 1838 and closed to the public in 1966. More recently, the surviving Grade I listed entrance building has been used for occasional art events.