More then 7,500 now signed up for SimplyHealth Great Birmingham Run

The number of people who have signed up for this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run has surged past 7,500, organisers have revealed.

Taking place on the same day as the now sold-out Birmingham International Marathon, the city’s annual half marathon is proving as popular as ever and means a combined 22,000 people could be donning their running shoes for the two events on Sunday, October 15.

The 13.2-mile run takes in sights such as Selfridges, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston Stadium and Bournville, before finishing at Millennium Point in front of thousands of supporters.

And with three months to go until the UK’s second largest half marathon takes to the streets, there are plenty of training plans for all abilities available at greatrun.org, the organisers of the run.

As an added incentive to take part, anyone signing up for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run will get a guaranteed entry window to next year’s Birmingham International Marathon, which, in its first year, sold out its 9,000 general entry places four months before it takes place.

The business world can play its part in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run with the Arcadis Business Challenge inviting firms of all shapes and sizes from across the Midlands to compete for fastest-time trophies and all-important bragging rights.

Among those taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run is Black Country endurance athlete extraordinaire, ‘Blind’ Dave Heeley, who is marking his 60th year by taking on the Great Run series’ entire 2017 events calendar, in aid of the Albion Foundation. It is understood this will be a world first for a blind pairing.

His toughest leg will come on home turf on October 15 when he attempts the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon AND Great Birmingham Run, that’s 39.3 miles in one day!

In total, Dave will be running two marathons, six half-marathons, two ten-mile events, ten 10ks, one five-mile race and four 5Ks – more than 230 miles, in an incredible year of running challenges.

To create a weekend festival of running, families can also sign up for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Mini and Junior Runs, which take place at the famous Alexander Stadium on Saturday, October 14, the day before the half and full marathons.

The 1.5K Mini Run is open to children aged between 3-8, while the 2.5K Junior Run is open to children aged between 9 and 16. All finishers receive a goody bag, medal and bottle of water as soon as they finish the Alexander Stadium finish line.

David Hart, Communications Director for the Great Run Company, said:

With the Birmingham International Marathon officially reaching the entry limit, more and more people signing up to tackle the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run, and the Junior and Mini Runs taking place at the Alexander Stadium, this is shaping up to be a wonderful weekend of running, fundraising and personal achievement.

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

Sign up for the Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Runs here

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