17 Oct

Excitement Builds At Birmingham

Bupa Great Birmingham Run 2014With its reputation as the biggest half marathon in the Midlands, excitement is building for this weekend’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run. Organisers are expecting up to 20,000 compete in Sunday’s race, making it the biggest field in the event’s seven-year history

Oldbury triathlete and double gold medallist Jodie Stimpson will act as the official starter. Among those confirmed to compete are Steve Way, the former 17-stone binge drinker, who finished tenth in the Commonwealth Games marathon in August, and defending Birmingham champion, Uganda’s Thomas Akeyo.

The course takes in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, the Cadbury's factory in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground. Runners cross the line on Broad Street in the heart of the city centre.

David Hart, communications director for the race, said: “We’re thrilled that this will be our biggest year ever. Not only are there more runners than ever before in the senior event, we also have record entries for the Junior and Mini events and over 500 people from more than 50 local companies taking part in the Business Challenge.”

Look out for midlandsrunningguide.com’s race report on Monday morning.