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Distance Half Marathon
Price £35 per entry
Location Birmingham City Centre
Date 15 October 2017
Age 17 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run

The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run is now established as the second biggest half marathon in the UK, as the city comes alive with thousands of runners pounding the streets as they tick off 13.1 miles, encouraged by on course bands, entertainment and cheering crowds.

If you're looking for a bigger challenge then why not take part in our brand new Birmingham International Marathon, which also takes place on Sunday 15 October 2017?

(Provisional start times - Marathon 09.30, Half 13.30)

Exclusive offer

Anyone who entered the 2017 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k and either the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon or the Birmingham International Marathon (both taking place on Sunday 15 October) will receive a £10 discount.

Please note: The discount will be applied upon entering the second event so please ensure that you use the same log in details.

Running in Birmingham has never been so GREAT!

Exclusive offer

The Course


Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run - Sunday 15 October
07:00 Information point opens (Aston University grounds adjacent to Finish area)
12:30 Start area open for assembly for Half Marathon ORANGE, WHITE, GREEN & PINK waves
13:20 Warm up for ORANGE & WHITE waves
13:30 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run ORANGE wave start
13:33 Warm up for GREEN & PINK waves
13:38 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run WHITE wave start
13:40 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run GREEN wave start
13:48 Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run PINK wave start 

*NB. All times are provisional and may be subject to change in the lead up to the event

Great Run Local

Need that little extra help with your training, or somewhere to continue your running experience? Join friendly runners and volunteers at our free, weekly 2k and 5k events and become part of a happier, healthier, growing community!

With your own personal Great Run Local wristband, you can track your progression through our unique mobile phone app, whilst meeting new people and interacting with others as you run! From children in pushchairs to our oldest runner at 88 years young, we encourage all abilities and ages to continue running with us all year round!

GRL Ley Hill: Every Saturday, 9:30am
Holloway Hall Community Centre, Hohlloway, Ley Hill, Birmingham, B31 1TT

GRL The Vale: Every Sunday, 10:30am
University of Birmingham, The Vale Campus, Mason Way, Birmingham, B15 3SX

We are always looking to increase local running opportunities. If you know of any potential venues that could make great running locations and are interested in getting a weekly event off the ground, please contact us at


Great Run Local

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