We are closely monitoring the developments with COVID-19 and will continue to take the advice of the UK government around the staging of large public events.

At present the Great Birmingham Run is scheduled to go ahead as planned, but we will assess over the coming weeks and update participants as a priority if anything changes.

We understand the commitment and dedication you make when you enter one of our events and we would not take any decision to cancel or postpone lightly. We love delivering our events and we work hard to make sure our participants can enjoy them in a safe and happy environment.

In the meantime we want to reassure you all that we are keeping in close contact with Public Health England. If circumstances dictate that we must cancel any of our events everyone who had entered would be entitled to a refund.

Great Birmingham Run

Entries for the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 11 October 2020 are now open. If you've already signed up, everything you need to know about the day will be published here. We'll see you on the start line!

The run numbers will start to arrive with participants approx. 2 weeks prior to the event weekend. They are posted to the address that you entered when you registered for the event. 

We are unable to send run numbers outside of the UK as we cannot guarantee their safe delivery. We will make them available for collection from our information marquee. 

This is your unique number, so only you must wear it on the day. 

Your timing chip is attached to the back of your run number, do not remove or cover the chip (with a jacket, bum bag etc.) as this will affect the accuracy of your time. 

The chip will automatically record the time, so you don’t need to do anything. Your chip doesn’t need to be returned at the end of the run. 

You don’t need to register on the day, once you’ve filled in the back of the run number and attached it to your front (with safety pins) you are good to go, you can go straight to the start assembly area for your start time.


Please see below for the 2019 event day timetable for reference. The 2020 timetable is TBC:

Time Great Birmingham Run
09:00 Information points open (Victoria Square for Half Marathon and Aston Uni Campus for Mini and Junior)
09:30 Start assembly area opens for WHITE and ORANGE waves
10:00 Start of the Junior Great Birmingham Run (Jennens Road)
10:20 Warm up for the Great Birmingham Run WHITE and ORANGE waves 
10:30 Start of the Great Birmingham Run (ORANGE wave and ELITES)
10:43 Start of the Great Birmingham Run (WHITE wave)
10:45 Start of the Mini Great Birmingham Run (Jennens Road)
10:49 Warm up for the Great Birmingham Run GREEN and PINK waves
10:57 Start of the Great Birmingham Run (GREEN wave)
11:05 Start of the Great Birmingham Run (PINK wave)

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

We recommend arriving ready to run and leaving any valuables with family or friends. However, if this is not possible participants will be able to leave bags in the baggage-drop area. 

Remove the baggage label (which is attached to your run number), fill in the details and secure the label your bag before leaving them in the baggage area.


Take a look at the PDF 2019 course map for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon >

Take a look at the following maps and road closure information to help you when travelling to and from the Great Birmingham Run:

Road closure details (PDF)

Road closure Map

Road Re-opening Map

Road Diversion Map

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 then click on ‘temporary diversions’ to view the most up-to-date information.

For coach travel, please go to or

By bus

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

  • Plan your journey in advance of event day; 
  • Do not assume that you can use your normal routes into the city centre, please DO NOT rely on SAT NAVs as these could take you along routes that are closed for the event.
  • 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.  For information on available car parks, visit

By car
Birmingham City Centre has a number of train stations that are within walking distance of the start/finish areas, see details below:
  • Five Ways - Serviced by West Midlands Railway.  Approx 20 minutes from the start area on New Street and a 30 minute walk from the finish area at Aston University.
  • Birmingham New Street - Serviced by West Midlands Railway, London North Western Railway, Virgin Trains and Transport for Wales. Only a 3 minute walk to start and finish lines. 
  • Snow Hill - Serviced by West Midlands Railway and Chiltern Railways. 8 minutes walking time to start line and 10 minutes to the finish. 
  • Moor Street - Serviced by West Midlands Railway and Chiltern Railways. 7 minutes walking time to start line and 10 minutes to the finish. 
  • Jewellery Quarter - Serviced by West Midlands Railway and the Metro. 17 minutes walking time to start line and 22 minutes to the finish.

Please check Sunday train times at the following train services websites:,, or

By train

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Great Birmingham Run 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 since January 1st of the previous year.

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

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.

Great Club Challenge

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!


Ley Hill: Every Saturday, 9:30am

Edgbaston: Every Sunday, 9:30am


Great Run Local

Results from your run can be found by clicking here. Make sure the correct event is highlighted and then you can search by your run number or surname.

Visit the photo section of the website in the days following the run to view your event snaps. You can also download your Free Certificate from this page.

Our official photographers are Marathon Photos.