AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run
What Makes It Great?
Exciting New Route!
The AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run is back, bigger and better than ever in May – and with a BRAND NEW ROUTE! Assemble on Broad Street, with Centenary Square as an impressive backdrop to your pre-race warm up. Run through world-famous Jewellery Quarter, then weave through the streets, passing Grand Central, St Martin’s Church and Digbeth, before crossing the finish line at Smithfield where other medal winners once stood at the Commonwealth Games!
We’ve picked ten scenic spots on the route for you to enjoy as a spectator or runner.
Thousands of Brummie runners taking to the streets every year to challenge themselves and raise cash for charity. There’s everything you’d expect from a Great Run – notorious start line hype, top on-route entertainment and an event village that feels more like an after party – but the carnival atmosphere and the passion and spirit of the runners is all Birmingham. Expect inspiring sights, iconic landmarks and incredible support all along the 10k and half marathon route.
Great Birmingham Run entries are open to runners aged 15+ (10k) and 17+ (Half marathon) on the day of the event.
If you have any queries about Great Run events, see our FAQ section here.
Entry price Includes booking fee (£2 per entry).
Please note: this is a provisional timetable and is subject to change. We will confirm your specific wave, assembly and start time on your run number.
AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run
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Exciting New Route!
Starting on Broad Street at Centenary Square, runners for both the 10k and half marathon distances will head for the city’s world-famous Jewellery Quarter, passing the Chamberlain Clock at Warstone Lane and Vyse Street, beautiful St Paul’s Square and a city-centre route that features the Mailbox, Grand Central at New Street station, St Martin’s Church, Southside and Digbeth.
Half-marathon participants will follow the same iconic landmarks before heading out of the city centre along Pershore Road, reaching Selly Park at eight miles and a return route that takes in glorious Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston Stadium.Both distances enjoy a grandstand finish at the Smithfield site near Bullring; home to Commonwealth Games beach volleyball and basketball.
What You Get
Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the forseeable, but you’ll also get…
- A huge round of applause as you cross the finish line
- A shiny new, Great Birmingham Run medal, an exclusive (optional) finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
- Official event day photos available to view and purchase straight 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!
We have made the decision to introduce optional finisher tees to our Great Run events for 2023. You can choose to forgo you finisher tee shirt at the point of entry, and in lieu of this we will make a donation to the National Trust Woodlands Appeal. Find out more here.
We will donate a portion of the fulfilment costs for each runner who chooses this option to the fund and commit that this donation to be a minimum of £20,000 in 2023.
Official Online Fundraising Partner, Enthuse, supports each Great Run event with an official branded fundraising platform to provide the best experience for you and the charities you support.
Set up your page today to support your favourite cause!
Great Birmingham Run
You may be able to secure a Great Birmingham Run charity entry by agreeing to raise sponsorship money.
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