Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Tunnel Vision

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24/02/2013 at 18:51

Hi folks - mark you diaries for July 6th. The 7th edition of our secret little race is back and entry is open now.

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/18674/gallery/tunnel_0.jpg?width=259&height=194&mode=max

26/02/2013 at 15:12

I should be back again for the 5th time

 

15/03/2013 at 10:06

Chris - you know you are always welcome, fingers crossed for good weather!

16/03/2013 at 17:52

I used to live in Oldbury and this canal was a staple of my cyclo-cross training. Pretty tempted by this as I've done a point to piint on canal towpaths (minus a tunnel!) in Watford and it was great fun

18/03/2013 at 12:22

2Wheels, yeah I used to live in Tipton so it was my reg routes.

Its a great race, be my 5th running, great goodie bag, massage, showers last year in NIA.

Oh, and lots of pubs around the finish area

18/03/2013 at 15:49

Im thinking of doing this for my 1st ever half marathon! is it really mostly flat? Im not good with hills!

18/03/2013 at 16:00
zoey, I done this as my first in 2010 and have now done about 10 halfs and I would recommend it for a first half it's 99% flat apart from some canal bridges , I hope this helps
18/03/2013 at 16:01

It is flat, however the canal bridges can be a bit brutal!!

I've done it 4 times (I think) each year I think never again and then.....

19/03/2013 at 09:29

Ok, I'm pretty much sold. Am i right in thinking that it is a time trial? If so how does that work, is it like a cycling one where you are aloocated a time or do you just rack up when you please?

19/03/2013 at 12:06

hi 2wheels, yeap time trial. You have given an approx start time based upon your predicted time for half marathon. We start in groups of around 10 ish and timed via electronic chip. So the clock doesnt start for you until you cross the start mat. Its very well done and I am not on commission from the organisers

 

19/03/2013 at 12:53

Cool that makes sense - thank you! and presumably the faster you are, the later you start? So with a 1.49 PB and a target of sub 1hr 45 I assume I'll start around the middle? If I do enter I'm coming up from Hertfordshire so keen to avoid a stupidly early start!

19/03/2013 at 13:42

@2wheels - it's the opposite, the faster you are the earlier you start.  It's along a canal bank which typically is 2 person wide so you want to reduce the amount of overtaking as much as possible by starting amongst your pace peers.

I ran this last year as my first ever race and it was really good.  The staggered start is spot on;  you are released in groups which fairly quickly spread out and found their level so I was neither holding up others nor being held up myself.  

If you are slightly out of position at the start it's not going to be a major issue for you as in my experience you won't be coming up behind groups of 6 people together.  As I recall I never had to navigate past more than 2 at a time.

Travel up by train, the start is just around the corner and the finish is at a great spot for a few celebratory beers 

19/03/2013 at 17:40

Yes I know the area well, this is all very much my old stomping ground which is a big part of the attraction. I mentioned easrlier on the thread that I did the Uxbridge to Watford 1/2 on the towpaths and as great as it was the start was only split in to 2 waves so at times bunching was a problem.

I'm trying to convince a friend to do it as his first half and then plan on hitting the pubs afterwards. I think I'm definately up for this and nit just because it finishes by a pub!

16/04/2013 at 08:44

Hi Folks,

Cant decide to go for it or not, have done it three times and I get a minute slower each year.

And the tunnel seems to get worse each time.

I do love the fact that it's diff & on a Sat though

Decisions, decisions

 

16/04/2013 at 20:27

you Kaks, how have you been.

You know you want to

 

17/04/2013 at 08:31

Hi Chris M

All good, was a bit lazy last year, so yes your right I am in (tunnel here I come).

Only did the Brum Half last year, so need to get back in the habit.

Challenge on ~ PB required

 

17/04/2013 at 22:00

Entered.

 

29/04/2013 at 17:04

what do you do with all your kit, and how do you get from Birmingham back to Wolverhampton?!

 

30/04/2013 at 10:04

Be good to return to this run, only this time will have my two sons to compete with. Sign of old-age I guess...

Kathryn - There are plenty of trains from Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton. Not ideal, but an option for you I think. How about the organisers arranging some low-cost mini-bus or coach travel???

30/04/2013 at 12:22

Kathryn you put it in their transport and they bring it back to birmingham. They do regular tripkoi back to birmingham with kit And it's well signposted at Brindley place to get your stuff back. I have ran it four times and there are regular trains. this one of my favorite runs its really well organised.

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