In short: Dull course, very narrow in places, people queuing to get over the finish In full: Having run this race in 2008 and 2009 since the inception I have to say that the course has got worse and worse each year. In 2008 it was a run from Alexander Stadium to Broad Street with a loop round Edgbaston. Some hills, mild challenge but worth the trip. 2009 was ok with a long run along the Pershore Rd but a nice loop round Bournville and Canon Hill Park. Good race. This year the course was pretty much a dull out and back along Pershore Rd Cadbury's and back, via canon Hill again. The Pershore Rd (with out and back running) was just too narrow and crowded especially in Stirchley.
I'd do it again but only because it's my home town and I live about a mile from Bournville so I get lots of support. Cardiff is a much better half marathon and Brum needs to buck it's ideas up or it'll lose runners to The Great South Run on the same day. Apparently, people trying to get over the line in under 2 hrs had to queue and missed their golden marker! Not good organisation. Date of review: November 3, 2010