Following today’s Great Birmingham Run we apologise to everyone who had their event day experience affected by the reduced distance of the course.

This morning we were advised of a suspicious vehicle in the Cannon Hill Park area of the route.

Your safety is our number one priority and after consultation with the police we altered the route to avoid Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston.

A decision, again in consultation with the police, was made to progress with the event over the reduced distance and we can assure participants and spectators that their safety was not compromised at any point.

At a later point in the day the vehicle was subsequently declared as safe. We’ll be in direct contact with all participants in the coming days, thanks for your understanding.


Great Birmingham Run

Well done to every single person who took part in this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run – you’re all amazing! Entries for next year’s event on Sunday 11 October 2020 are now open, and if you enter before 10am Monday 21 October 2019 you’ll get the early bird offer of 20% off the entry price.

Click on the link below to download your helpful Event Guide

Please see below for the 2019 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run - Sunday 13 October
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 Simplyhealth Junior Great Birmingham Run (Jennens Road)
10:20 Warm up for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run WHITE and ORANGE waves 
10:30 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (ORANGE wave and ELITES)
10:43 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (WHITE wave)
10:45 Start of the Simplyhealth Mini Great Birmingham Run (Jennens Road)
10:49 Warm up for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run GREEN and PINK waves
10:57 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (GREEN wave)
11:05 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (PINK wave)

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


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 Simplyhealth 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 Simplyhealth 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 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

Prize money is available for Britsth athletes at this event 

Position Women  Men
1st  £200 + entry in 2019 event £200 + entry in 2019 event
2nd  £100 + entry in 2019 event £100 + entry in 2019 event
3rd  £50 + entry in 2019 event £50 + entry in 2019 event
4th  6 month Athletics Weekly Sub 6 month Athletics Weekly Sub
5th  6 month Athletics Weekly Sub 6 month Athletics Weekly Sub
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


Great Club Challenge
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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.

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!


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The Vale: Every Sunday, 10:30am

Edgbaston: Every Sunday, 9:30am


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