Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Tunnel Vision

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03/07/2013 at 08:52

James, thanks for that

9.30 am start for me, well happy with that, wont be too hot !

Last 12.5 miles done before the big day this morning

Rest and more more rest now.

03/07/2013 at 10:23

10am for me.

I do hope the diversion is sign posted well as looks tricky if you don't know the area.

03/07/2013 at 11:24

Yes..finally some information...but has anyone else got the wrong starting time?

03/07/2013 at 12:16

10.15. So sod's law that I had plenty of time to travel up on the morning without boking a hotel and I'll be finished a fair few hours before I can get on my train home. So I'm wasting time and money - and generally speaking I have little of either to spare. Now all I need to do is hope that the racepack turns up today or tomorrow as I will have left for work way before the postman arrives Friday and am travelling up straight after work... I still think that such late notification is inexcusably poor.

Still the forecast is sunny, it's a lovely route so fingers crossed that the previous reviews are accurate and that this event is worth it.

03/07/2013 at 12:57

9am for me Nice and cool in the morning, in Brum for 10:45 ish, shower, then pubs open at 11..............sorted.....

03/07/2013 at 13:31

Geeking, my number implies 9:15 but website says 9:00. nothing to worry about really.


03/07/2013 at 14:42

I have received my pack today but the pack had come open, i cannot see the chip is it attached to the do not remove seals on the back or as it been lost? I would be grateful for any help on this.

03/07/2013 at 15:54

Yes, but I entered the elite race and have got 10.45am!

03/07/2013 at 17:11

Can anyone point me to a google maps view to the diversion bit, it sounds very complicated and I'd like to see a map of it first.

03/07/2013 at 17:54

There was literally a number in the envelope that arrived. My understanding is that the timing chip is under the 'do not remove' stickers.


Got a start time of 9.45am. Seems early for my ability, but then I cant remeber the estimated time I put on the entry.

03/07/2013 at 21:24


I am sure there will be marshals or clear direction markers to get people through this diversion.

But I thought the same as you so I just searched Google maps for Bayer St, Tipton.

That gives you a good view and you will see where the blue canal becomes a thin grey line - which is where it goes through the tunnel. Bear in mind you are running from top to bottom.

Then you should be able to make sense of the directions in the Race Information Pack. i.e. School Street, Bayer Street, (Bridge Street), Central Drive and back to the canal.


03/07/2013 at 23:02

Hi Mark,

Thanks for that, I'm sure there'll be signs & marshalls; I just like have a bit of an idea where I'm going before I start

04/07/2013 at 08:44

This diversion will take our minds off that nasty dark and long tunnel.  Im sure it will be an adventure for us all.

I cant wait to get to Brindley place and have a well deserved chill and a few vinos in the sun

I remember a few year back, the Bean factory was in the process of being knocked down and all the runners were coming in covered in soot.

04/07/2013 at 10:56

I doubt it KAKS as the diversion is right after the tunnel - 'Once through the tunnel head up the (steep!) steps'.


04/07/2013 at 12:25

Had a look at the diversion today and would say about 1/3 mile on road, but be aware stpes are very steep and a lot of them, about 85 at a guess.

04/07/2013 at 12:35

85 steep steps! wow! this will be a different feeling after running on the canal and through the tunnel! hope its well signposted etc

good luck everyone

04/07/2013 at 12:53

From what I can see you just keep to the right, look for Central Drive on the right, go over a railway bridge then turn right back down to canal.

85 steps eh? That's going to make it interesting


04/07/2013 at 13:43


OMG ! 85 steps (that must mean circa 85 down as well), sounds like a bottle neck situation to me, especially as it by the dreaded tunnel

Noel you could be right "interesting indeed"

BBCHM assault course here we come LOL


04/07/2013 at 13:46

This thread is making me seem a right grumpy bastard. The race pack supposedly contains my number and a luggage tag. 2 items, well at least I have a race number...

Edited: 04/07/2013 at 13:47
04/07/2013 at 14:26

2wheels, I am not sure of the source of your grump. The luggage label is a small tear off strip on the bottom of you number. 

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