Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

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29/06/2013 at 15:26

Site has been updated saying packs are being sent out from 1st July.

I haven't run this before. Does anyone know how many water points there are and it it's bottles or cups of water?


29/06/2013 at 19:18

The bit on the website Home Page about a diversion has got me confused.

When I ran along the whole course a couple of weeks ago (post 64 above) there was a short section "fenced off". But I saw someone coming the other way and they said - "it's O.K. just go round the edge of the barriers and the path is perfectly clear." That was quite correct. There was some evidence that there may have been a slippage of soil from the bank onto the path but it had all been cleared away and I just thought that the barriers would be removed shortly afterwards.

Anyway I took a look down there today and the barriers are still there but they have been bent right back so might as well not be there at all.

So I don't see why that section needs to be closed for the 6th July.

If it's another section of the towpath altogether then there is no evidence of it at all as of today.


Edited: 29/06/2013 at 19:24
29/06/2013 at 21:40

Hi Noel, last time it was cups.

Mark, I would expect that the race organisers have to follow the offical line and if British Waterways say the path is closed then cannt disagree.


29/06/2013 at 22:21


Yes I do agree the organisers would have no choice.

Since I don't even know for certain that this is the point where the diversion is required probably best if I button it now. I'm sure all will come clear when the information packs come out next week.


30/06/2013 at 01:22

Cups? Shame as I prefer bottles so I can sip as I run, Can't run with a cup.

01/07/2013 at 18:11

I am very much in agreement with the posts from James Williams and 2wheels. Not giving a start time with less than a week is ridiculous. I have a lot of things to plan, and still not having a first idea of when I'll be setting out is just not on.

I'm doing a half every month this year, and I'm giving serious consideration to scraping this one and booking on to Cheshire half instead. Very unimpressed.

01/07/2013 at 20:58

If the tow path is closed, and the route passes along roads and especially if the route crosses busy roads, then can the organisers run the event safely without closing the roads or having a system to block the road to allow runners to cross safely? Aldridge 10k for example is largely on open roads with a system to allow you to cross by the green.

01/07/2013 at 21:47

Still accepting entries... Still no acknowledgement yet alone an answer to an email sent almost 2 weeks ago asking for an approximate start time.

Surely they can't allocate the time spots until entries are closed and it seems an awful lot to do in virtually no time. The start packs and numbers must surely need to be out in the post Wednesday at the latest which gives the organisers one day? 

So in the absence of any idea when I'm starting I've taken the plunge and booked transport for Friday evening and will find a cheap hotel in case my start is early. And I've booked a late train home Saturday in case I'm starting late. So I'm either wasting money on a hotel or hanging around for hours afterwards...

Not impressed, it is only the previous years positive reviews and my keennees to revisit and run the course that has stopped me from making the decision to DNS.

01/07/2013 at 23:25

I'm lucky 2wheels as I live in Wolverhampton, but I see your point.

It must be very frustrating to have to travel a distance & not know when you'll be starting.

If they weren't answering emails, you'd think someone would be keeping an eye on this thread. I thought one of the organisers was answering questions at the beginning of the thread.

I hope things work out for you - good luck!

02/07/2013 at 08:37

It is a worry that we have not had our packs yet, but I am sure it will be fine .

This will be my forth time running this one and I have had nothing but good experiences each time. 

I too live in Brum so the travelling is not really a massive issue, but can appreciate that its a pain when you cant plan your arrival or exit without knowing your start time.

Im am sure its just a case of last minute planning and it will all slot into place.

It looks like its gonna be a hot day anyway

Noel I always carry my own bottle as I too am not a fan of cups.


02/07/2013 at 09:36

S'pose I could always run with my bottle to sip from. Will last longer if I also take on a cup or two.

What's the crack on dropping gel wrappers as it's along the canal & could blow anywhere?

02/07/2013 at 09:54

When I have used them, I have timed it so I can chuck them when we get to the cup stations.

But I tend to just bring a few fruit pastels these days (less hassle)

02/07/2013 at 13:23

MMMMmmmmmmmm.......fruit pastels. Good idea

02/07/2013 at 13:51

I am travelling up from Kent on Friday morning before the post arrives. Todays post has been and no pack. If its not here by Thursday what am I supposed to do. This really is cutting it very fine and is not impressive. Start time is not a major issue as I am staying in Birmingham on Friday & Saturday but entered this as I really fancied it as something a bit different. Sure it will work out ok but it is a concern. As an aside I have also been nursing a calf injury which hopefully will hold up but anyone know what arrangements are made if you have to drop out? A nice ride on a narrowboat would be good!    

02/07/2013 at 14:43

That's an interesting question.

I never considered how you're expected to get back if you're injured.

02/07/2013 at 15:53

Hopefully details will be included in the race pack when it arrives

02/07/2013 at 21:58

Hi - could someone tell me what the changing facilities are in Birmingham please? Are there showers available, or nearby somewhere? Thanks...

02/07/2013 at 22:20

Kilomiler, last time it was showers in the NIA.


03/07/2013 at 07:17

That's great, thanks

03/07/2013 at 07:24

Start times are now on the race website. Better late than never. 

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