Great Birmingham Run
Birmingham’s biggest and best running events return to the city’s streets in 2021, and this year it’s all about the comeback! Take your place on the Great Birmingham Run 10k or half marathon start line and be part of the celebration.
The Great Birmingham Run will be an action-packed weekend of running. For the first time the 10k and Half Marathon events will take place on the same day, with the Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Run on the Saturday
Starting in the heart of the city, runners soak up the atmosphere and music all the way to the finish, passing our famous entertainment zones every kilometre. The route starts in the historic heart of Birmingham, follows the ever-changing landscape and passes world-famous heritage sites.
Whether you do it for a challenge, to fundraise for charity, or simply for fun, it’s not to be missed! Places are limited, so get in quick to secure your place on the start line. If you’re an Elite Athlete, you can find out more about Elite entry here.
Book With Confidence
We’ve put plans in place to ensure you can be COVID confident when you book a Great Run event in 2021.
- All events will be staged with the full support from all key stakeholders, follow the latest government guidance and be compliant to the latest regulations.
- We will continue to plan right up until the date of the event, and will communicate any changes or updates via email and here on the event page.
In the scenario of a 2021 event date change or cancellation by us and for whatever reason, all entrants (including 2020 rollovers) will be automatically deferred into the subsequent staging of the event.
If you have any queries, please see our FAQs which should answer any questions you have.
Run Up To Race Day!
Great Birmingham Run Solo is the perfect training partner and designed to guide you through your training, keep you motivated and get you in start-line shape for event day.
The challenge is to complete 25 runs in the 8 weeks building up to the Great Birmingham Run, from 16 August to 10 October.
It costs £15 to join, however if you have an entry into the Great Birmingham Run the challenge price is discounted to £12.50. Your entry fee includes a unique finishers medal, access to our online tracking tool and support throughout the challenge.
If you already have a place in the Great Birmingham Run, follow the link below to find out more and enter Great Birmingham Run Solo.
If you are yet to enter the Great Birmingham Run, you can choose to take part in Great Birmingham Run Solo on entry.
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Engie Business Challenge
If you and a group of colleagues want to take on a running event together, for charity, a fitness goal or perhaps just have fun as a team, why not enter a team into the ENGIE Business Challenge at the next Great Birmingham Run.
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Join the Great Birmingham Run social community on Facebook for support, tips, event updates and more.
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.
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 as well as access to all event information
- 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.
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.
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