Just a month to go before the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run 2019 – sign up here
Written by The Newsroom on September 13, 2019
It’s just a month to go before thousands of runners take to the streets of Birmingham for the Midlands’ biggest half marathon.
The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run takes place on Sunday, October 13 and is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for local and national charities. All finishers receive a medal, tee-shirt and goodie bag.
This year’s Great Birmingham Run 13.1-mile route showcases the best of the city centre plus popular spectator spots in Bournville and Cannon Hill Park.
Starting on New Street, the half marathon will pass the famous Rotunda, Primark on High Street, Selfridges and St Martin’s Church before taking thousands of participants along Pershore Road and into south Birmingham.
(Image: Stacey Barnfield)
Following previous years’ 13.1-mile runs, the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run will begin its return to the city centre when it reaches the 6-mile mark at the picture-postcard suburb of Bournville, a favourite spot for spectators to cheer on family and friends.
The new route sees a return to some of the event’s most popular running locations of past years, including Cannon Hill Park at 9 miles; considered one of the most beautiful open spaces in Birmingham, and world-famous Edgbaston Stadium at the 10-mile mark; the scene for some of English cricket’s most memorable matches.
Among the thousands of inspirational runners taking part in the half marathon is Rugeley mum Kate Wrighton, whose son was diagnosed with a rare condition affecting his skull growth.
Kate is taking on her first half marathon to say thank you to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where her baby son, Oliver, was treated for Craniosynostosis, a condition which left untreated can lead to serious complications.
“I’ve never forgotten about the wonderful care provided to all of us during the time we spent at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, so it only seemed right that I raise money to help other children and families who find themselves facing a similarly difficult time,” said Kate.
“I’ve always wanted to run a half marathon, so signing up to the Great Birmingham Run seemed like the perfect challenge.”
How to enter the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run
Anyone who entered the 2019 Great Birmingham 10K will receive £10 off their entry fee for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon.
The Great Run Series is the world’s favourite run with over 230,000 participants a year taking part. The events programme stretches across the UK from Aberdeen to Portsmouth offering a full range of distances from 5k through to the half marathon.
A full range of online training services are available from Great Run Training. Great Run Local is a series of weekly events staged in our key cities. All designed to provide the support and advice for participants of all abilities to achieve their personal goal.
The Great Birmingham Run features the ENGIE Business Challenge, which pits work teams against each other for fastest-time trophies and bragging rights in the corporate world. The Business Challenge is the perfect team-building exercise and can help companies raise vital funds for foundations or CSR projects.
Anyone who took part in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k in May will automatically receive a £10 discount off their entry to the half marathon.
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