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11 Oct

Birmingham Ready For Its Marathon Debut

Birmingham International Marathon Logo
There are just four days until the first Birmingham International Marathon on Sunday 15 October. A big city race with iconic landmarks, musical entertainment and a generous prize money fund are just a few of the attractions of this marathon newcomer.

The Birmingham International Marathon joins the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon and the Junior & Mini Great Birmingham Run to form a top-class trio of events in Britain’s second city. All three are organised by the Great Run Company with this newest addition to join their British Marathon Series. 
 
The organisers extend a warm welcome to first timers as well as elite athletes looking to compete for places and prizes. Club runners are equally well catered for with team prizes and time bonuses up for grabs. Every finisher will receive a bespoke medal, technical T-shirt and goody bag. 
 
The world’s oldest marathon runner joins Scottish athletics star Liz McColgan as honorary starters of next Sunday’s race. Nicknamed the ‘Turbaned Torpedo’, 106-year old Fauja Singh has broken world records and been recognised for his contribution to sport. He may have retired from running but will be there to offer support to those taking part. 
 
Joining the thousands of runners is multi-marathoner Steve Edwards who ran number 799 last weekend at Bournemouth and aims to complete his 800th at Birmingham. This brings him a step closer to his overall target of 1,000 marathons and a new world record.
 
This event will establish Birmingham on the marathon circuit and well as the European Capital of Running.