Anticipation is building for the first-ever Birmingham International Marathon on Sunday 15th October – and the Great Run Company are busy with preparations to ensure the day itself is a celebration of running.
In order to help each of the 9,000 entrants have a truly Great Run experience, faster-paced runners will be allocated their own specific start time in advance of all other entrants to allow everyone to enjoy the Birmingham International Marathon course, as safely and smoothly as possible.
Any runner who has submitted a predicted finishing time of below 3 hours 45 mins, organisers have allocated a starting time of 8.30am. Along with other similar paced runners, you will be able to maximise your training efforts on the day, giving you the best chance possible to cross the finishing line in a personal best time.
There will then be a second starting time of 9.30am in which the majority of entrants will set off on their 26.2-mile journey.
Any runners who do not wish to start in the faster paced runner wave at 8.30am are welcome to join the 9.30am start. However, please be aware that there is a chance you will meet slower paced runners on the route towards the latter stages of the marathon.
Organisers hope these two specific start times will therefore allow all runners to have a safe, enjoyable and inspirational experience at the Birmingham International Marathon.
As the start location at Alexander Stadium will be open for all runners at approximately 6.30am, even if you are in a later time wave, feel free to come early with friends and family and be part of what promises to be a truly special atmosphere.