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Excitement is mounting for thousands of runners and charity fundraisers as the Great Birmingham Run returns to the city next week, on Sunday, May 1.

This will be the first time the 10k and half marathon are being staged on the same day and organisers are pulling out all of the stops to make sure this year’s Great Birmingham Run will be a high-energy celebration of running in the city.

New for 2022, runners can look forward to a live, start-line music truck with Heart FM DJs at the helm, pumping out an inspirational set to help them find their groove for the challenge ahead.

There is still time to sign up for both distances on Sunday, May 1, for an inclusive celebration of Brummie running, with music blazing, crowds buzzing, legs pumping and fists bumping as the Great Birmingham Run kick-starts Birmingham’s summer of sport.

Potential entrants can also claim a special 20% discount for the 10K distance*, valid until Saturday, 30th April, when entries close.

Starting and finishing in the city centre, the Great Birmingham Run route passes iconic landmarks including Edgbaston Stadium, Cannon Hill Park and Selfridges before runners reach a post-run party village at the Aston University Campus with live music and places to sit and show off your finisher’s medal and tee-shirt to family and friends.

Loud cheering, clapping and hollering your name the 10K and half marathon charity cheering points provide instant motivation and inspiration for runners. This year there are three charity cheering buses on the course with wonderful supporters representing Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. More than £10 million has been raised by runners for charities since 2017.

The Great Birmingham Run is a run for everyone, of all ages and abilities, whether it’s your first 10k or your 50th half marathon.

Among those taking part is Moseley great-grandmother Chrissie Boyer who competed in the 2019 event, notching up an impressive time of one hour 30 minutes. And with her purple hair, she’ll certainly stand out this year!

Chrissie, 82, discovered during the pandemic that her husband Tony had prostate cancer. Then just weeks later her daughter Rachel received the news that she had breast cancer.

“It was a dreadful time as you can imagine,” she says. “There was no support during lockdown and we couldn’t see people so we just had to get on and deal with it ourselves. We kept busy and did a lot of research, but as Tony went into remission we then discovered he needed a triple heart bypass. Thankfully they are both ok now but it was a lot for us to get through as a family.”

Chrissie explains how she enjoys the challenge of the 10K: “Running keeps me fit,” she says. “I’ve made lots of friends through it and it’s free too. Too many people my age are old before their time. Running gets me out and keeps me active.”

More than 200 runners from companies across the Midlands have signed up to take part in this year’s Team Challenge on Sunday, May 1, with the entry window still open for others to join them and inspire office morale and workplace activity.

The Team Challenge invites the corporate world to compete for bragging rights and fastest-time trophies at the Great Birmingham Run 10K and half marathon with the finishing times of the fastest four members of a team used to calculate the overall team time.

The Great Birmingham Run takes place on Sunday, May 1, for more information or to enter visit

*20% offer only valid for the 10k event