Athletics

Birmingham is a focal point of British athletics and hosts many World and European events throughout the year.

 

The sporting calendar is jam-packed. You can see current and future Olympians battling it out at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) and Alexander Stadium on a regular basis.

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 Championships 27-29 June, Alexander Stadium

The outdoor season kicks off in style with the Sainsbury’s British Championships on 27-29 June. The spotlight will fall on Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium where Britain’s best go head-to-head to be crowned British champion. With places on the GB & NI team for the European Championships at stake, this promises to be an explosive start to a summer of world-class athletics.

For more information, please visit britishathletics.org.uk

 

 

British Athletics Grand Prix, 24 August, Alexander Stadium

The Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix returns to the West Midlands on August 24, and looks set to be another spectacle with double world and Olympic Champion Mo Farah and world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu already confirmed for the prestigious IAAF Diamond League event. Greg Rutherford, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and home favourite Robbie Grabarz have all  starred in the West Midlands in previous years, and this year is expected to attract the biggest names in track and field once again in the summer.

For more information, please visit britishathletics.org.uk

 

Sainsbury's IPC Grand Prix Final, 25 August, Alexander Stadium

The grand finale of the 2014 athletics calendar will welcome some of the world’s best Paralympians back to Birmingham on August 25 for the Sainsbury’s IPC Grand Prix Final. After a successful initiation last year, with London 2012 gold medallists Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Hannah Cockroft headlining the proceedings, the stage is set for an explosive finale at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

For more information, please visit 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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