Marathon by Half 2010

With only ten days to go until the 2010 Birmingham Half Marathon just under 15,000 runners have signed up for the challenge, including myself.

14,650 runners have signed up which is almost double the number of entrants from the first Birmingham Half Marathon in 2008. 8000 runners took part in 2008 with 12,000 competing in 2009, Marathon success by half.

With the event now firmly placed in the running calendar Councillor Mullaney, responsible for Leisure, Sport and Culture believes it could regularly attract 20,000 runners. Why not aim higher though and make this a Great Midlands run and aim for 50,000 runners. With Birmingham being a sporting city hosting many sporting events it would be another boost to our sporting achievements and a way to encourage more people to be active and stay fit.

Cllr Mullaney said: “The plan was always for this event to grow year on year and to have almost 15,000 runners just two years after the half marathon was launched is a terrific achievement.

“With a high number of returning entrants this is clearly a popular event and I’m sure we’ll soon be regularly seeing over 20,000 runners taking to the city streets for the Birmingham Half Marathon.

The route has changed from 2009 with the new route changed in the city centre before continuing down Pershore Road as before, looping past Cadbury World and then back up the Pershore Road before a lap of Cannon Hill Park sees it head back into the city centre by going up the Middleway and then looping to get onto the Hagley Road and following this back to the start on Broad Street.

A map of the route is shown below.

More details on the half marathon can be found on the website:

I'm running this year for the challenge having seen a friend run it in 2009 and to raise money for Cure Leukaemia. My number is 13734 if you spot me.

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