With almost six months to go there is still time to sign up and prepare for the new Birmingham International Marathon. However, there are fewer than 800 of 9,000 entries still available so you will have to move quickly if you want a place on the start line.
The new race is already set to be one of the UK’s top six marathons in its first year and race day, Sunday 15 October, will also see the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon. This means more than 25,000 people could be running in Birmingham on the day.
Aston mum Shah Begum is planning to tackle her first marathon in Birmingham. Since taking up running just two years ago, she has shed six stone and now inspires other running first-timers through inspirational social media messages and community running groups.
Shah said: “If anybody’s thinking about entering but hasn’t committed, my advice to them would be ‘just do it’. Once you’ve signed up, you have a target to aim for and it becomes more and more exciting, especially when you follow people on social media who are on the same journey as you.
“I want to run my first marathon in my home city. I want to get across that finish line and say, ‘I ran my first 26.2-mile distance in Birmingham, where I grew up.’ Also, the recent 10k reminded me just how much support you get in Birmingham. Along the entire route, you’ve got people clapping and cheering you on.”
Starting at Alexander Stadium, the marathon will take in iconic city sights like Villa Park, Selfridges, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and the picturesque Cannon Hill Park, before finishing at Millennium Point in front of thousands of cheering spectators.
And to make the Birmingham International Marathon weekend a true family festival of running, entries are now open for the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Runs, taking place at Alexander Stadium, the home of UK Athletics, on Saturday 14 October. The Mini Run is open to children of all abilities aged 3-8 and the Junior Run is open to 9–15-year-olds.
Sign up for the Birmingham International Marathon at the Great Run website.
Entries are now open for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run 2017 here.
Find details of the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Runs here.