Bupa Great Birmingham Run 2013

Sunday 20th October 2013

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28/03/2013 at 17:53

Apologies if a thread has been started already, but I can't find it!

Thought it was worth sharing info from the local news launch:

Birmingham Mail - GBR 2013 Launch

Good news that they're changing the route to reduce the hill climb at the end. Hopefully back to the 2010 course which spent a bit more time in Bournville.

Race entry increased by 2,000 to 20,000, which now it's properly organised doesn't worry me.  Should just add to the atmosphere. In fact, good news that they've recognised that last year's route wasn't suitable for so many runners. Hopefully a bit more room this year and a few less bruises.


28/03/2013 at 18:44

I did it last October and it had a brill atmosphere at Birmingham. I dont think I can make the 2013 but it was lovely. I would recommend

28/03/2013 at 23:58
Wasn't the 2009 route the one with more time in Bournville? I ran it in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and the routes were all identical.

Either way, I'm glad to hear the hill is being swapped out for smaller ones (it's Brum, you'll never really get away from hills).
30/03/2013 at 16:39
Yes apols, you're right mrandyyu.

It was 2009 for the World Half Marathon championships. Really liked that course.
19/08/2013 at 19:40

Any news about whether the 2013 course has been changed to reduce the hill at the end?


This will be my first HM and I have heard lots about that hill lol.

20/08/2013 at 10:15

that hill is a killer but tbh i really enjoyed the challenge of it. if you paced yourself correctly it wasnt so bad.

for me the hill is a signature part of the course, something that makes people talk about the race.

20/08/2013 at 13:47

I've just received the road closure map from the council and the course is largely unchanged from the 2010 - 2012 course. The hill is still there (groan) but they've made a slight detour on the Pershore Road around the Selly Park area.

I don't think the website has been updated to show/confirm the 2013 course, which is quite frankly piss poor considering we're this close to the race now.

20/08/2013 at 14:40

Mrandyyu, on the Facebook Birmingham half marathon page, they said that the revised course would be confirmed and shown any day now, hopefully it won't be too long.


Has anybody any idea what the ratio of that hill is, you know 1 in 10 or whatever?  (So that I can get a rough idea of it lol).  Sorry about this, but I really like to know the ins and outs of a duck's butt! 

20/08/2013 at 17:21

On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd say it's a 6. In isolation, it's not that bad but because of where it pops up in the race between miles 10 and 11, it's exactly when you don't want it!

Thanks Lotus for the info that the organisers will be releasing the course info soon.

20/08/2013 at 18:20

ahh thanks Mrandyyu!


I am putting some extra hills in my training routes now, first new route started today and I really did enjoy it 

20/08/2013 at 19:43

Only entered this today. What time does the race start?? 

Anyone got any advice on where to park? 

20/08/2013 at 19:55

As far as I am aware Jedwards, your start time will depend on what colour number you get, ie orange, white, green, pink etc and that will depend on how fast a time you put down on your entry.  I think I read that the elite athletes will start around 10am and the rest will start off in stages thereafter up to around 11am(ish).


Regarding parking, I haven't got a clue on that one, we are going by train (from Southend) to Birmingham and staying in a hotel overnight and also on the Sunday too.


21/08/2013 at 14:14

Having taken a more in-depth look at the course map (now updated on the site), the slight detour in Selly Park off Pershore Road is to cut down on the excessive corners later around mile 12. The previous course suffered from extreme slow down in that area due to all the twisting and turning. Overall, a small but beneficial update to the race.

Parking will be a nightmare on race day due to road closures if you're not familiar with Birmingham. If you're coming from the North, try and park in the Jewellery Quarter which is free street parking all day on Sunday.

21/08/2013 at 14:20

Hi all, if any of you or anyone you know is looking for a place in this event, we have free places available with Allergy UK. It is free to enter and there is no minimum sponsorship.

To register for a place, please get in touch: rebecca@allergyuk.org


21/08/2013 at 15:56

Mrandyyu, as soon as I read that there was an updated course map, I went straight there LOL!  


Does this mean that hill is now reduced?  

21/08/2013 at 16:31

Hehe, the update is so minimal that you could blink and miss it. Sadly, the hill between mile 10 and 11 is still there in all its glory.

21/08/2013 at 16:51

First half for me but doing some hills in training and No time goal just want to run the distance. 

21/08/2013 at 18:01

Okies regarding the hill business, I have decided to take the bull by the horns  and attack hills in training, even if I end up looking like this --  


hahaha hopefully, I won't end up looking like that, but I am going to get prepared.


I am so excited 

22/08/2013 at 09:49

Did this as my 1st running event last year and it has been a hard one to top.. i havnt done half mara event since so would be a good systems check and would definatly wanna shave 15- 30 mins off my time ( is that possible over 1 yr ??) . Great City, Great route , people are great , and that hill at the end ...well ......i gotta come back just for that!!! 

22/08/2013 at 23:03

we always park on the NIA car park. if you get there in good time their should be plenty of spaces available. .

rollerbladerunner - it is possible to knock that time of in a year but depends on how your training has progressed and what time you acheived first time. from 2010 to 2012 i knocked 30 mins off my half marathon time.


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