Inaugural Birmingham International Marathon is just nine months away!

Almost 6,000 people have now signed up for the inaugural event, which takes place on Sunday, October 15, 2017 – the same day as the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon.

Starting at Alexander Stadium, the marathon will take in iconic city sights like Villa Park, Matthew Boulton College, Selfridges, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and picturesque Cannon Hill Park before finishing at Millennium Point.

Among those taking part is Walsall runner Barry Cheema, aka Usingh Bolt, who styles himself on Olympic legend Usain Bolt.

Barry, aged 40, is aiming to run ten marathons, ten half marathons and ten 10ks in 2017 as part of a fundraising mission for the Stroke Association.

The first Birmingham International Marathon will be a milestone for Steve Edwards, one of the world’s leading multi-marathon runners. He plans to run his 800th marathon in Brum and maintain his record of completing each challenge in under 3hrs20mins.

Conversely, Aston mum Shah Begum is planning to tackle her first marathon. Since taking up running, she shed six stone in just 18 months.

The Birmingham International Marathon will also feature on the schedule of extraordinary fundraiser ‘Blind’ Dave Heeley.

The endurance athlete is marking his 60th year by taking on the Great Run series’ entire 2017 events calendar, in aid of the Albion Foundation, which it is understood will be a world first for a blind pairing.

David Hart, communications director for the Great Run Company, organisers of the Birmingham International Marathon, said:

With nine months to go, there’s plenty of time to consider a marathon training schedule to suit all abilities and the Great Birmingham 10K on Sunday, April 30, can form part of this.
We want to get as many people from Birmingham and beyond up and running throughout 2017!”
Birmingham is widely regarded as the birthplace of mass participation long-distance running events and the Birmingham International Marathon will cement the city’s position as the European Capital of Running.

Birmingham staged one of the country’s first open-to-all marathons, the People’s Marathon, which ran from 1980-85 and was organised by late Solihull-based elite runner John Walker.



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Entries are now open for the Great Birmingham Run 2017. Sign up at



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