15 January 2020
Organisers of the annual Great Birmingham 10K have unveiled a new route that showcases Birmingham city centre landmarks such as Grand Central, Mailbox and the historic Jewellery Quarter for the first time.
From the Hippodrome theatre to St Paul’s Square, the 10K, which takes place on 31 May, will take place in the historic heart of Birmingham.
Runners will take in the city’s latest developments and world-famous heritage sites on the route, including through Digbeth, St Martin’s Church and the Bull Ring Markets, Grand Central at New Street station, the Mailbox, Broad Street, King Edward’s Wharf and Vincent Street near Brindleyplace, and Arena Birmingham.
New for 2020, the 10K will take runners along Frederick Street, around the iconic Chamberlain clock, down Vittoria Street and alongside St Paul’s Square.
After heading along Newhall Street and Great Charles Street at 9km, and past new HSBC UK and PwC offices at the Arena Central and Paradise developments, the 10K grandstand finish line will be near Victoria Square and Colmore Row, where goodie bags and finisher medals await.
The Great Run Company, organisers of the annual 10K, have worked with Birmingham City Council, public transport providers and the city centre’s five Business Improvement Districts to create the new route.
Steve Hewlett, manager, Retail BID Birmingham, said: “It’s a great time for Birmingham to introduce a new 10K route through the city centre as it offers runners and visitors an opportunity to experience the city as it rapidly develops. This could easily become the biggest and best 10K in Europe!”
Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I am excited that a route for the Great Birmingham 10K has been developed to showcase the best of the city and feature one of most iconic areas, the Jewellery Quarter.
“It’s a route that we know participants will enjoy with a finish in the heart of the city centre”
Pictured: The Great Birmingham 10K passing through the city centre in 2019