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Distance 10K
Price £27 per entry
Location Birmingham City Centre
Date 06 May 2018
Age 15 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K

Entries for the 2018 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k are now open! 

The 'Challenger' and '90's' and 'now' music waves are now SOLD OUT and there are limited places available in the '00's' music wave.

The event will return to the streets of Birmingham on Sunday 6 May. 

If music is your motivator, the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k is the perfect event for you.  Strut your stuff across the start line to the most popular tunes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Noughties or present day, then hit the streets to your favourite music for an electric party atmosphere that will keep you going as you walk, jog, run – or even dance - all the way from the start to your well-deserved finisher’s pack!



Please see below for the 2018 event day timetable:

09:00 Information point and baggage facility opens 
10:15 Start of elite women
10:27 CHALLENGER and ORANGE wave (today's music) warm-up
10:38 Start of elite men and CHALLENGER wave
10:42 Start of ORANGE wave (today's music)
10:47 WHITE wave (00's music) and BLUE wave (universities) warm-up
10:57 Start of WHITE wave (00's music)
11:02 Start of BLUE wave (universities)
11:07 GREEN wave (90's music) and PINK wave (70's & 80's music) warm-up
11:15 Start of GREEN wave (90's music)
11:20 Start of PINK wave (70's & 80's music) and PINK & WHITE wave (walking)

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event

The Course

Starting on Jennens Road, next to Aston University, the route heads downhill past Selfridges and the Bullring Shopping Centre and into Digbeth. It then heads out along Pershore Road to the furthest turn point at Cannon Hill Park. The route winds through the park and then crosses the road outside of Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The route then passes Calthorpe Park before returning back through Digbeth and up a short hill, back to Jennens Road where runners will finish by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. 

Having crossed the finish line, participants will be able to relax and meet up with friends and family in the event village.

There will be support along the way, including a drink station and bands on the run, not to mention the encouragement of thousands of supporters and spectators lining the route.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

View the list of road closure and re-opening times here
View a map of the road closure times here 
View a map of the road re-opening times here

Exclusive offers

As part of our partnership with Science in Sport everyone who enters the event will have the opportunity to claim a free introduction pack from Science in Sport containing 10 Isotonic Energy Gels.

Look out for the SiS link in your entry confirmation email to redeem this great offer, or if you have already entered an event you can contact for further details.

Energy gel offer

Event location

As the UK’s second biggest city, Birmingham has all the ingredients for a fantastic weekend. Take a trip to the Balti Triangle for a tasty curry, or check out the National Exhibition Centre for the latest line up of shows, which could include anything from Crufts to Beyonce!

If you're a keen shopper Birmingham is the place to be. With a selection of some of the UK’s best shops covering the city you won’t be short on choice.

Birmingham boasts a number of other iconic tourist hot spots, suitable for all the family, including Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the Bullring and the world-famous Cadbury World.

For more ideas on things to do in Birmingham you can go to:

About Birmingham

Birmingham has a huge selection of places to stay to suit all budgets and tastes. We recommend you familiarise yourself with the location of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k, research your travel options and make sure you choose somewhere suitable that will allow you to get to the start line in plenty of time.

If you are making a weekend of it in the nation’s second largest city then go to


Elite and Club Runners

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K must meet one of the following criteria:

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 38.00
10 mile 51.00 63.00
Half M 69.00 83.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.48.00

Qualifying times must be achieved after the 1st January 2016.

Other standards considered:

  • Top 20 placing at National Senior XC Championships
  • Any athletes (Junior/ U23 / Senior) that have represented Great Britain at XC/ road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years will also be offered free elite entry.

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite Management reserve the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event. Elite entries for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Entry Criteria


  Men Women
1 £1500.00 + entry in 2019 event £1500.00 + entry in 2019 event
2 £1250.00 + entry in 2019 event £1250.00 + entry in 2019 event
3 £750.00 + entry in 2019 event £750.00 + entry in 2019 event
4 £500.00 £500.00
5 £300.00 £300.00


Prize Structure

The Great Run Club Challenge is open to UK athletics and running clubs affiliated to their home country athletics association.  Athletes must be registered club members (checks will be made).

Scoring: Four women + Four men.   Winner will be the team with the lowest combined finish time.  Clubs are encouraged to enter as many athletes as possible (athletes must indicate that they are a club member on the online entry form, drop down box).  The first 4 men and first 4 women will be counted

Position Club Team
1st  £400 + 8 entries into 2019 event
2nd  8 free entries into 2019 event