Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

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21/06/2013 at 09:10

You should get your pack next week.  Its usually a week before, dont worry.

21/06/2013 at 18:31

Thanks KAKS, much appreciated. 

23/06/2013 at 10:26

Hi everyone, just looked at the forecast: 41% chance of showers in the morning. High of 21*c. Last year got warm but just meant the atmosphere at Brindley Place was amazing. Can't wait!  

23/06/2013 at 22:07

Looking forward to this , coming up from Milton Keynes , fancied doing this for a few years ,

24/06/2013 at 10:29

just seen this race and so tempted to apply i've only got up to 10 miles as i was building up from 6 miles end of may and wasn't expecting to race yet. Would you recome this for a first 1st half marathon?  

24/06/2013 at 10:40

Nervous and excited for this in equal measures.

Completed a 22k fell race a couple of weeks ago but have been on holiday since so have only got 15k under my belt since. Hopefully can have a good week or so from now and feel ready for the Saturday.

24/06/2013 at 12:00

Hi Guys - I'm doing the race for the first time this year having been injured the last 2!!


For someone who can do half marathons in the 1.30 mark (flat road), how much slower would you expect them to be on this course??


Obviously proper pacing is important, dont want to go out too quick or too slow!

24/06/2013 at 12:49

CDBP2012, my pb for a half is 1:31:00 (perfect conditions) which I ran last Autumn, I ran this last summer in about 1:38:00. Bit of a difference but it was a hot one last year.


25/06/2013 at 08:48

Yes I agree with you Chris add at least 7 - 10 mins onto your normal HM time (tunnel & Bridges I suppose), I'm exactly the same .

Although after having a bad chest all week it could be more like 20 Min's for me this time around. Still looking forward to it though.  As many people have said above its always a great finish in Brindley Place (and a well deserved few vino's) .

25/06/2013 at 09:16

Thanks guys, will bear this in mind and reframe from speeding off into the first few miles at normal half marathon pace.

I reckon to go out at a pace about 20 -30 seconds slower than normal half marathon pace and try to maintain that.

I need to have a goal pace in mnid because im pretty poor at just running races by feel and end up doing the first bit too quick. Even pacing is the way forward!!

25/06/2013 at 13:12

The website mentions tow path closures, is this 2012 or 2013 news?

25/06/2013 at 13:40

That's for this year.

The site has also been updated to say that racepacks will be sent out w/c 1st July.

Feeling decidedly underwhelmed by this at the moment. Lost a week with tonsilitis and managed just 3 5km runs last week and felt dreadful in all of them...

25/06/2013 at 15:06

2wheels, know how you feel .......... ditto

26/06/2013 at 10:03

This late notice on start times is really causing major problems. Is it possible for the organisers to post start times on the website or send out by email, rather than everyone having to wait for something to arrive in the post? This is a great race, but the last minute start info is giving everyone problems, I'm sure.

26/06/2013 at 12:23

James, I must admit I'm massively pissed off, not helped by the fact an email a week ago asking for an approximate start time has been unanswered.

I'm resigned to not being able to book cheap train tickets to travel from Hertfordshire so it will cost me far more than need be. Alternatively I just book the earliest train and a late train home now to get a bit of a saving and resign myself to waiting around, potentially for a few hours before the start. I'd toyed with coming up the night before and staying over and with hindsight wish I had.

I know this is sounding like a rant, but as start times are staggered over 3 hours, informing with just a few days notice is pretty poor in my opinion. I know I'm probably travelling further than most but even so...

Edited: 26/06/2013 at 12:24
26/06/2013 at 14:07

2 Wheels, I probably shouldn't say this and am not authorised to do so but last year my circumstances changed and i needed to run 1 1/2 hours earlier than my assigned time.I just turned up and organisers let me run earlier absolutely no problem.

I'm sure given your circumstances they would give you a concession and anyone else for that matter who has a genuine need to plan before the times come out.

28/06/2013 at 13:34

Hi, does anyone know if this is walker friendly? 

28/06/2013 at 13:44

Just one week to go eeek !

Got up at 4.25 this morning and run 10.3 miles before work, must be mad

Got soaked, hope its dry so its not a mud fest next sat

Rachel if you set off near the end of the staggared starts you will be OK, as the tow paths are narrow in places it can be hard to pass, but you should be fine.

29/06/2013 at 14:48

Hi all, still haven't received my runner's pack  thought it would come in today's post with my number and starting time - anyone else got there's??

29/06/2013 at 14:58

No pack here, still waiting.

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