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Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 09:20

Forgot to say that there are also toilets at the start, though they're pretty grim.

Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 12:01

If it's anything like the last two years then yes and yes Maria.

Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 16:31

Haven't signed up yet but am planning to. This will be my third time at this event.

Really hoping the detour isn't on this time - adds a good 5-10 minutes to the race time and 1/2 mile to the distance!

Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 23:18

IIRC last year the elites started off at 9am, and everyone was away by 11.30am.

I put 1:55 as an estimated time last year and got a start slot of 10.30am, so you could guesstimate based on that.

Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 11:23

In all honesty the best option to remove the diversion would be to put some temporary structure across the canal at the exit of the tunnel. I would happily pay an extra £1 in entry money in order to fund some kind of basic pontoon allowing the runners to cross to the other side of the canal.

Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 15:06

Somewhat depressing that the diversion will still be in effect this year. Think I'll take the same approach as DarrenM. The main downside is that the diversion has a negative impact in two ways: (1) The nature of it means you'll slow down for that section, and (2) The diversion adds about half a mile onto the race distance.

Sadly that means an event which should have PB potential given the flatness of the route becomes much harder to run a competitive time on.

Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 14:38

Did this last year while still injured and had a torrid time - the heatwave and that ridiculous climb up what seemed like 200 steps didn't help, and the start was a farce frankly.

Please tell me the diversion won't be in force this year? I feel like I have unfinished business with this race but the thought of the steps (which added about half a mile to the distance) puts me right off it.

Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:38

Goalpost, my last long run is scheduled for three weeks before the marathon:

17 miles on the 15th, 20 miles on the 22nd and 22 miles on the 29th. My 15 mile tapering run will be two weeks out and the 8 miler will be the week before.


All the best everyone. It'll be interesting hearing the post-race stories.

Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 16:00

I'm coming into this massively down on training thanks to a knee infection I picked up about three months ago. It's been just one run a week for the past month but I'm getting to the point when I'm going to up it to two or three (though having said that I'll be tapering in three weeks!).

Managed 14 miles on Sunday fairly comfortably, so the plan is three more long runs over the next three weeks (17, 20 and 22 miles respectively) with a few tempo runs thrown in midweek (5-9 miles).

I've pretty much given up on my sub 4 goal thanks to the absolute disaster that my training has become, but I'm still hopeful of getting in under 4:30, maybe even 4:15.

Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 16:50

Bit of a nightmare race for me. The knee held up pretty well until the steps, but climbing those it went, and I ended up having to walk probably 2/3rds of the last nine miles. Was hoping for a 2:20 allowing for the knee but ended up coming in around 2:41.

The marshalls were all friendly and the course was lovely other than the diversion. I'll definitely be back next year because I feel like I've got unfinished business with the race and want to sub 2 it.

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