Please note:

If you entered after 10:00 on Thursday 4 October you'll need to collect your pack from our information point. You can do this on:

  • Saturday 13 October from the Up & Running shop (The Grand, 29 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2BS) between 10:00 -16:00
  • Sunday 14 October, in a marquee just off the start line on Broad Street and open from 09:00

Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run

Closer to the time we'll start to update all of the information you need ready for event day. In the meantime if you have any questions just get in touch with our customer services team who will be happy to help.


Timetable

Please see below for the 2018 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run - Sunday 14 October
09:00 Information points open (located on Broad Street near the start and Aston University near the finish)
09:30 Start assembly area opens - Simplyhealth Junior Great Birmingham Run
09:30 Start assembly area opens - Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run
10:00 Start of the Simplyhealth Junior Great Birmingham Run
10:15 Start assembly area opens - Simplyhealth Mini Great Birmingham Run
10:20 Warm up for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run Orange and White waves
10:30 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (Orange wave)
10:43 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (White wave)
10:45 Start of the Simplyhealth Mini Great Birmingham Run
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

Download your event guide and checklist for everything you need to know ahead of your run.

The course



 

Please note: This is subject to change.

For a downloadable version of the new, improved route for 2018 click here

Travel Information

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. The maps indicate opening and closing times of roads in and around Birmingham on Sunday 14 October, as well as diversions and parking options.

Road Closure Map

Road Re-opening Map

Residents information

 

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

For coach travel, please go to nationalexpress.com or uk.megabus.com

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; click here for the maps of the road closures in place for the event and plan your route accordingly.
  • 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 ncp.co.uk

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 National Express Trains. 10 minutes from the start area on broad St. and  25 minutes walking time to finish line.
  • Birmingham New Street - Serviced by National Express & Virgin Trains. 15 minutes walking time to start and finish lines.
  • Snow Hill - Serviced by National Express & Virgin Trains. 15 minutes walking time to start line and 10 minutes to the finish.
  • Moor Street - Serviced by National Express Trains. 15 minutes walking time to start line and 10 minutes to the finish.
  • Jewellery Quarter - Serviced by National Express Trains. 25 minutes walking time to start line and 35 to finish.

Please check Sunday train times at the following train services websites: virgintrains.co.uk,  thetrainline.com or nationalrail.co.uk.

By train

Elite and Club Runners

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 elite@greatrun.org 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

 

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