The event takes in some of the city’s most famous sites, from Edgbaston Cricket Ground to Cadbury World in Bournville and, in 2014, attracted 20,000 runners from across the UK. Many were running to raise money for local worthy causes, while others took on the 13.1 miles as a personal challenge.


Seventeen women from the Saheli Women’s Group in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the majority of whom had never run before, decided to take on the challenge and began their training last November. When they started training, running a mile seemed impossible – however on a sunny but windy Sunday 19 October 2014 they all completed their first half-marathon!

 

Meanwhile in the elite race the East African athletes dominated in the West Midlands with Kenyans Joel Kimutai and Polline Wanjiku notching up breakthrough victories in 61.39 and 1:10:48 respectively.

Earlier in the day a record number of children also took part in the Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Run with the 9-16 year olds following a 2.5k course and the younger 3-8 year olds covering 1.5k.

 

After crossing the finish line and collecting their well-deserved, goodie-filled finisher’s pack, medal and limited edition t-shirt, runners headed to the Event Village in Centenary Square for some much needed refreshment and a post event massage.

The 2015 Great Birmingham Run will take place on Sunday 18 October. 

 

The Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Run will move to Sunday 3May, alongside the newly formed Great Birmingham 10k. 

 

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12 October 2014
Birmingham, UK


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