Great Birmingham Run

The Run

Birmingham’s biggest and best running events return to the city’s streets in May 2022. Take your place on the Great Birmingham Run 10k or half marathon start line and be part of the celebration.

Important Event Update

We have made the difficult decision to postpone the Great Birmingham Run 10k and half marathon that were due to take place on Sunday 10 October.

We know our runners will be disappointed and we are too. Unfortunately, despite the lifting of restrictions this week, we are still required to deliver safe events that are designed to minimise covid transmission amongst participants and spectators. The impact of these changes would be an event that doesn’t meet our own high standards and we don’t think it would be one that runners would like to take part in.

We have therefore decided to postpone this year’s event and instead stage the 10k and Half Marathon in May 2022. This postponement allows us to deliver a much better event next Spring than we could in October, and we thank Birmingham City Council for their support in this difficult decision.

We’re sorry that we have to do this, but we hope everyone understands the decision

Next year’s Great Birmingham Run will take place on Sunday 1 May 2022. All runners who have already purchased a place in the event will be automatically rolled over to 2022 and anyone who can’t make the 2022 date can apply for a refund. All participants will be contacted by email.

The deadline for refunds is 10am on 18 August 2021 and refunds will be processed after this date.

Thank you for your understanding.
The Great Run Team

Acorns Children Hospice

What Our
Runners Say

Received amazing support throughout my training from Great Run.
Perfect event! Locals along the route are amazing!
Really well organised, so slick and great atmosphere despite weather!
I truly believe it's all about believing in yourself. My only regret is I didn't do this event years ago.
So amazing - it makes me feel emotional thinking about how good the event was.
Best in the world. This event cannot get better.
The route was great, it was filled with supporters and the atmosphere was amazing!
They come out and give their support 100%
Everything about the event is great and getting even better each year...
First class all round. Cannot fault.
It was amazing to be a part of an event with so many others raising money for charity. The setting and atmosphere is always great!


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The Route

Experience an exciting 10k or half marathon course incorporating the historic heart of Birmingham, its latest developments and world-famous heritage sites.

The Course

Please note course may be subject to change.

10K Route
Half Marathon Route

The Reward

The greatest reward in taking part is the sense of achievement as you cross the finish line, but by taking your place on the Great Birmingham Run start line, you’re already part of something really special. Great Run events are renowned for being well-organised, safe, and inclusive and the atmosphere and support is always unbelievable.

What You Get

Before the event

We’re here to help you be your greatest, so before the big day you’ll get…

  • Your personal run pack sent to you in the post, with your run number and timing chip
  • Access to training plans to keep you on track
  • Exclusive offers and competitions from our partners and sponsors
  • Support and advice all the way up to event day
  • Regular emails keeping you motivated and moving
  • A huge supportive and inclusive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help you on your running journey

On Event Day

Other than all the good vibes, fitness and mental health benefits you’ll also get…

  • Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route
  • Access to the Great Run information point for any last minute queries (or safety pins)
  • Closed roads offering a safe running environment
  • Food and drink options to refuel
  • A shiny new medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
  • Plenty of medical support all around our routes should you ever need any assistance
  • A huge round of applause as you cross the finish

After the Event

Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…

  • Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event, so smile for the cameras!
  • Your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line
  • Runners Rewards – access to special offers for participants, from our partners and sponsors as a well done.

Exclusive Offers

Take advantage of exclusive offers for Great Birmingham Run entrants.

CLIF Training Pack

Building on a successful partnership over the last two years we are delighted to announce the return of CLIF as our official sports nutrition partner…

15% off Caring Range

GET 15% OFF our caring range with the code RUNNER15 at checkout on NURSEM.CO.UK Offer valid 13th August to 30th October 2021. Offer cannot be…

Make It Personal

If you’d like a special memento from the day, why not purchase your very own iTAB to attach to your Great Birmingham Run medal ribbon? You can personalise your iTAB with your name, finishing time, and even a special message. Just £7.99 including postage and packing.

Run For Charity

If you are looking to run to raise money for a charity close to your heart or help to support a good cause there are hundreds of charity running places available to choose from.

Important Event Update

We have made the difficult decision to postpone the Great Birmingham Run 10k and half marathon that were due to take place on Sunday 10 October.

We know our runners will be disappointed and we are too. Unfortunately, despite the lifting of restrictions this week, we are still required to deliver safe events that are designed to minimise covid transmission amongst participants and spectators. The impact of these changes would be an event that doesn’t meet our own high standards and we don’t think it would be one that runners would like to take part in.

We have therefore decided to postpone this year’s event and instead stage the 10k and Half Marathon in May 2022. This postponement allows us to deliver a much better event next Spring than we could in October, and we thank Birmingham City Council for their support in this difficult decision.

We’re sorry that we have to do this, but we hope everyone understands the decision.

We have communicated the cancellation with charities, and if you have a charity place they will be in touch with you directly in the coming days or weeks to confirm the process for securing your place in the 2022 Great Birmingham Run, scheduled to take place on Sunday 1 May 2022.

Thank you for your understanding.
The Great Run Team

Great Birmingham Run
Charities

You may be able to secure a Great Birmingham Run charity entry by agreeing to raise sponsorship money.

Join forces with the team that will get you to the finish line. We're the only ones fighting over 200 cancer . Our life-saving work is funded entirely by the generosity of our supporters, so every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, and every runner. One in two people now survive cancer. Together we've achieved so much, but we won't stop until we've beaten it altogether. Join the team today and we will beat cancer.

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The Bobby Moore Fund was set up in memory legendary footballer Bobby Moore, who sadly died from bowel cancer aged just 51.To date the Bobby Moore Fund has raised over £20 million. The funds are spent on world class bowel cancer research carried out by leading scientists working across the UK. With your support, bowel cancer stands no chance. Let's make Bobby proud and help beat it sooner. Join the Bobby Moore Fund team today.

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Acorns Children’s Hospice provides care, support, fun and laughter for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and support for their families. In the past year Acorns has cared for over 821 children across the West Midlands from its three hospices, within the family home and the community.When a child’s life is limited, family time is precious. Which is why, as well as providing complex medical care, Acorns help families to create lasting memories and make every day count. Acorns relies on people like you in the community to fund its vital care services for local children and families.

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Around 2.5 million people are living with cancer in the UK. By 2040, this figure will rise to 5.3 million. With your help we can do more for people living with cancer, giving each person the support they need to look after all that matters and take care of their health, protect personal relationships and deal with work and money worries. We want to help everyone with cancer find their best way through, from the moment of diagnosis, so they’re able to live life as fully as they can. You can be someone who makes that happen. For more details email running@macmillan.org.uk, call 0300 1000 200 or visit our website.

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Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. We can beat it, but we can’t do it alone.

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We need you to run for us. We need your miles, your energy, your determination to help us find a cure. We know that training for a run isn’t easy. But we need you to beat that snooze button, beat the weather, beat the wall – beat everything that stands between you and the finish line.

Run for us and join the race to beat dementia.

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Birmingham St Mary's Hospice provides specialist end of life care for patients and families from Birmingham and Sandwell who are living with a terminal illness. This year it will cost £8 million to deliver care to over 1000 patients. We couldn't raise these vital funds without the generosity of people like you. We look forward to welcoming you to the Hospice team. For more information call 0121 472 1191.

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At Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, we believe there’s always more we can do for our sick kids and that’s why we will always strive to do more for our patients and families. Thanks to kind and generous supporters like you, we are able to raise the vital funds needed to make a real difference to all who use our hospital’s services, offering them the best experience possible.

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At Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity, we are passionate about improving patient experience for all the women and families at our hospital.  Thanks to kind and generous supporters like you, we are striving to provide our patients with a service over and above what the hospital alone can deliver.

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When you run for the BHF, you run to beat the world’s biggest killers. Conditions like heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia. You run for the people you love. You run for mums, for dads, for brothers, for sisters, for friends, for loved ones. You run to fund research that helps to keep families together. One life saving breakthrough at a time.

Champions like you have helped get them this far - heart transplants, clot busting drugs, genetic testing and so much more. So join the BHF, and fix your eyes on the finish line. Because together, you can beat heartbreak forever.

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We're Mind, the mental health charity. We're here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Join the movement for better mental health today and be part of something great!

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The Stroke Association are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. We deliver stroke services across the UK, campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and fundraise to expand our reach to as many stroke survivors as possible. There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. That’s one stroke every five minutes. We believe in life after stroke and rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke. With your support, together we can conquer stroke. and prevent stroke.

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Cancer kills more young people in the UK than any other disease. Right now, for every young person we support, there's another we can't. Run with us so that together, we can reach more young people with cancer. We'll support you with expert training and fundraising advice and lots of support on the day. You'll love being part of #TeamTeenageCancer so much, you'll never want to leave.

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Charity places are also available with:

Aston Villa Foundation

Ataxia UK
4Louis
Birmingham Dogs Home
Crisis UK
Cure Leukaemia
Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation
Leon’s Legacy
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Neuroendocrine Cancer UK
LoveBrum
Myton Hospice
Marie Curie
PKD Charity
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity
Ronald McDonald House Charities
St Giles Hospice
The Childrens Society
UK Sepsis Trust Limited

Official
Merchandise

We’ve created a series of exclusive, official Great Run merchandise collections for 2021 – available to buy now.
Browse the full range at the Great Run Shop.

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