Distance: 10K
Date: May.2020
Minimum age: 15 years old and over
Entry Price: TBC

Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k, we hope you had a brilliant day! You can find your results by clicking here. Remember, if you sign up to the 2019 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon you'll receive £10 off the entry price.

The 2019 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k has two start lines - both on Colmore Row, either side of its junction with Bennetts Hill. Depending on which side of Colmore Row participants start they will assemble along Waterloo Street and Victoria Square or towards Birmingham Cathedral.

The route then follows Bennetts Hill and turns left on to New Street, crossing Corporation Street alongside the Apple store, the stunning grade II-listed building built in 1869 as the head office of the Midland Bank.

After passing the Rotunda and Bullring, runners will see the brand new Primark Pavillions development on High Street, due to open in April with the world's biggest Primark store, among other new retail and leisure attractions. 

Runners will also go past Birmingham Children's Hospital - which will have hundreds of people taking part in the 10k raising funds on its behalf - before leaving the city centre to continue along the A34, where bands and live music will motivate those taking part, and a grandstand finish back in the city centre at Aston University.

Just before you hit the 9k mark you will get an extra boost as you run through a tunnel of sound and flashing lights, which will help to keep you motivated for the final stretch.

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 drinks station at the 6k point 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.

Click on the link below to download our event guide.

If your pack hasn't arrived in the post or you entered after 10am on Friday 17 May you can come and visit our customer services team who will be able to help.
They will be based in the blue Great Run information point marquee at the following dates and times:
  • Saturday 25 May (11:00 - 17:00): In the grounds of Aston University Campus near the Library, just off Aston Street
  • Sunday 26 May (open from 08:30): On New Street, next to the Bennett’s Hill Junction 

Please see below for the 2019 event day timetable:

09:00 Information point and baggage facility opens 
10:00 Warm-up starts
10.14 Start of the ORANGE WAVE (TOWN HALL START)
10:26 Start of the RED WAVE (CATHEDRAL START)
10:32 Start of the GREEN WAVE (TOWN HALL START)
10:38 Start of the PINK WAVE (TOWN HALL START)

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

This year's Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k has a brand new city centre start on Colmore Row. There are two start lines referred to as Town Hall Start and Cathedral Start. Your run number colour will dictate which of these start lines you should go to. All runners will filter onto the same 10k course after a short distance and cross the same finish line at Aston University.

Please take a look at the start map to ensure you know which start line you need to be at, and check the timetable for your start time.

As you pass through the start line there is an immediate left or right hand turn depending on which start line you start from. The start timing mat is located around the corner on Bennett’s Hill. This is where the course is measured from.
At the start
Baggage is located on Waterloo Street. Please use the coloured bus that corresponds to your wave. There will be 5 baggage buses in total:
  • Blue/Yellow/Striped/White/Red – Cathedral Start
  • Orange/Green/Pink – Town Hall Start
The baggage buses and start line are best accessed from Bennett’s Hill which links New Street with Colmore Row. Runners arriving from New Street should walk up Bennett’s Hill and then follow the signage and directions from stewards to access their baggage buses and start line.
Baggage will be moved to the finish area located on Aston Street (at around 10:55) for you to collect your belongings. Find the bus that relates to the colour of your run number. Marshals will manage the access doors. Fill in your baggage label (tear off from your run number) before leaving the house.Make sure your baggage label is secured to your bag.
Sorry, baggage buses aren’t for changing.
Please move off the bus as soon as you’ve dropped your bag off to make room for other runners. Remember your bus number, all buses will be numbered, ask the Great Run marshals to write the number on your hand.
Please don’t leave valuables in your bags - this is a self-service system and although there are security staff on the baggage buses, organisers can’t accept any responsibility for lost or stolen items.
To gain access to the buses you will need your run number, when collecting your bag we will ask you to show your run number and baggage label to ensure they correspond.

Please ensure you plan your journey to the start line in advance of the big day as there will be a number of road closures in place and your usual routes into the city may not be available. Take a look at the selection of maps below to help you plan your travel and ensure you're there in time for you warm-up. 

Road Closure Information 2019

Road Closure Map


Road Closures
Birmingham city centre is well-serviced by buses/coaches. Please note that due to the road closures for the event there are some local bus services that will be diverted, please visit nxbus.co.uk to view the most up-to-date information.
For coach travel, please go to nationalexpress.com or uk.megabus.com.
Birmingham City Centre has a number of train stations that are within walking distance of the start/finish areas. Birmingham New Street is the nearest station to the start line, only a 5min walk away. Moor St Station is the nearest station to the finish line, around a 15 minute walk back to New Street Station.
Please check Sunday train times at the following train services websites: virgintrains.co.ukthetrainline.com or nationalrail.co.uk.
Public transport

Coming to the event by car is still an option despite the road closures that will be in place. We would recommend where possible using alternative methods of public  transport but if you do need to use your car here are a few points to help you:

1. Plan your journey in advance of event day; check the road closures in place for the event and plan your route accordingly.

2. Do not assume that you can use your normal routes into the city centre, please don’t rely on SAT NAV’s as these could take you along routes that are closed for the event.

3. Give yourself plenty of travel time on event morning, there will be other runners coming into the city as well, the roads will get busy.

Parking is only available within the city centre on a first come, first served basis, at runners’ own cost.  Please note that there is no public parking by the start line. We recommend that you use City Centre public parking.
Millennium Point Car Park is the closest car park to the finish line and is around a 15 minute walk to the start line.
By car
Train & Prepare make the most
of life

Simplyhealth is supporting you every step of the way. From expert training, nutrition and injury prevention advice on Simplyhealth train and prepare; through to our new stretch zone at the finish line and beyond, to post-event recovery.

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: www.visitbirmingham.com.

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  www.visitbirmingham.com/where-to-stay


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