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 Barclaycard Arena 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 2016


Great Birmingham Run, 16 October

One of the rising stars in the Great Run Series, the Great Birmingham Run has quickly grown its road running reputation and is now the second biggest half marathon in the UK.

On Sunday 16 October, the city will come alive with up to 20,000 runners, aged 17 and over, pounding the streets as they tick off 13.1 miles, encouraged by on course bands, entertainment and cheering crowds.

Both events host a Business Challenge too, so it’s a good time to get out of the workplace and get some friendly rivalry going between local businesses. And with Junior and Mini events for the younger athletes out there, held on the same day as the half marathon in October, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The Great Birmingham 10k and Great Birmingham Run courses each take in several iconic landmarks such as the Bullring, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Cadbury World, with all finishers receiving a technical t-shirt, medal, finisher’s pack and chip timing. And with a discount of £10 on offer to everyone who enters both events, there’s never been a better time to plan your running calendar.

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The Great Birmingham 10k, 30 April 2017, Birmingham City Centre

Take on a 10K around the streets of Birmingham and choose to run it, jog it or walk it!

If music is your motivator, the Great Birmingham 10k is the perfect event for you. Strut your stuff across the start line to the most popular tunes from the 70s, 80s, 90s or present day.

Back by popular demand, the event returns to the city on Sunday 1 May and is open to everyone of all abilities aged 15 and over, whether you want to run, jog, walk - or even dance – your way around the city centre course.

So hit the streets to your favourite music for an electric party atmosphere that will keep you going all the way from the start to your well-deserved finisher’s pack!

Find out how to book your place here.


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