Birmingham is a focal point of British athletics and hosts many World and European events throughout the year.
Sainsbury’s Summer Series
Witness world class athletics at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium this summer.
There are also four principal athletics clubs in Birmingham. The largest and most successful is Birchfield Harriers – which has produced 100 Olympians over the last 100 years.
Founded in 1877, its recent stars include Olympic, World and Commonwealth medallists Denise Lewis, Ashia Hansen, Mark Lewis Francis and Katharine Merry. The club trains at Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr and has use of Birmingham’s world-class indoor high performance centre.
Athletic events 2014
British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix, 15 February 2014, NIA
The grand finale of the British Athletics Indoor Series, at the NIA, sees the A list of world class athletes battle it out. The British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix is widely recognised as the best indoor grand prix in the world so don’t delay and miss out on the hottest tickets in town! Last year, a sell-out crowd watched double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah cruise to victory in the 3000m, while Perri Shakes-Drayton, Holly Bleasdale and sprint queens Carmelita Jeter and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce all starred under the spot lights in Birmingham.
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British Athletics Championships 27-29 June, Alexander Stadium
Some of Britain's best athletes will go head-to-head in a weekend of action-packed athletics for the British Athletics Championships on 27-29 June.
London 2012 Olympic gold medallists Jess Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford have all starred at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium at this event in the last few years and more fireworks are expected as athletics returns to the West Midlands for the opening event of the summer.
For more information, please visit britishathletics.org.uk
British Athletics Grand Prix, 24 August, Alexander Stadium
The event, which forms a part of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League will see a number of stars from the London 2012 Olympic Games take to the track and field. In 2013, double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah was in action along with fellow World Champion Christine Ohuruogu, who took victory in the 400m. Olympic gold medallists Christian Taylor, Aries Merritt, Carmelita Jeter, Nesta Carter, Sandra Perkovic and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were just a few of the international stars to descend on the West Midlands for a day of action-packed athletics.
Another world-class line-up is expected once again for 2014. For more information, visit www.britishathletics.org.uk
The Bupa Great Run, 19 October, Various Locations
The Bupa Great Birmingham Run is the biggest half marathon in the Midlands. The course takes in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, the Cadbury's Factory in Bournville and Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
Live music from 'bands on the run' keep you motivated every step of the way and thousands of supporters turn out to cheer finishers across the line on Broad Street in the heart of the city centre.
Find out how to book your place here.
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