Half Marathon hugely successful

The annual Half Marathon boasting a number of Birmingham's most majestic sights was once again a massive success, as around 20,000 runners joyfully jogged their way across packed and jubilant city streets. From loops around Edgbaston Cricket ground to live bands spread along the course, the slightly altered route showed off Birmingham in all it's might.

Such a wonderful mix of abilities – from real homegrown British elite in the winner: Chris Thompson of Aldershot, Farnham and District AC, all the way to the eccentric fancy dress runners raising thousands for charity – highlighted how this event is one of the leading long distance fun runs in the country.

A group of students from the University of Birmingham were delighted with their run, having raised a combined total of over £1000 for multiple sclerosis. Hannah Cooke was quick to give credit to the support around the course, stating that ‘there was an amazing atmosphere and the crowd really helped pull me through all the tough parts’, whilst the event has inspired Eve Byrne to ‘want to keep on running’.

If the Great Birmingham Half Marathon has inspired you to start running, or having completed the event you want to continue (after a rest… obviously!!) then come on down to one of our Great Run Local events around the city. In upcoming weeks events in both Selly Oak Park and Ley Hill Park will be launching – but don’t worry – they’re not all as far as the weekend!

Sign up for your FREE Great Run Local wristband at www.greatrunlocal.org/register for your chance to take part.