Be part of the movement and sign up now… the date for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run and Birmingham International Marathon 2018 has been revealed as Sunday, October 14.
The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run is firmly established as one of the most popular half marathons in the country, while the Birmingham International Marathon will be returning for the second time after this year’s debut, which sold out months before the starting pistol was fired.
More than £4.1 million was raised for local and national good causes by runners at this year’s marathon and half marathon, while the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K generated over £1.4 million for charity.
Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the two autumn events that see thousands of spectators lining the routes.
Families can play their part in the October weekend of activity with the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Runs taking place on Saturday, October 13.
Exact start times and route details for the events are still being reviewed with more details to follow early in 2018.
Some 20,000 people took to the streets for this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run and first-ever Birmingham International Marathon, creating one of the biggest days of activity the city has ever seen.
Starting at the famous Alexander Stadium, the first-ever Birmingham International Marathon quickly reached its 10,000 capacity and attracted entrants from across the globe.
Anyone who enters the 2018 Great Birmingham 10k, which takes place on Sunday, May 6, will receive a £10 discount off the entry price for either the 2018 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon or the Birmingham International Marathon.
The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run and 10K will also feature the Business Challenge, which sees Midlands companies compete for fastest-time trophies and all-important bragging rights. The Business Challenge is a way of raising office morale and team spirit.
Birmingham is widely regarded as the birthplace of mass participation long-distance running events after the city staged one of the country’s first open-to-all marathons, the People’s Marathon, which ran from 1980-85.
Among those taking part in the first Birmingham International Marathon was Coventry-born Steve Edwards, one of the world’s leading multi-marathon runners, who completed his 800th 26.2-mile run in the city. Steve now holds what is believed to be a world record for completing 800 marathons in under 3hrs20mins.
And not to be outdone, Black Country running legend ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley completed both the Birmingham International Marathon AND Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon on Sunday – a total of 39.3 miles, in aid of the Albion Foundation.