The new look Bupa Great Birmingham run will be televised live on Channel 5, organisers Nova International announced today. The event, previously known as the Birmingham Half Marathon, will take place on Sunday October 23rd with a city centre start and finish.
Expected to attract a record entry of 15,000 runners, the Bupa Great Birmingham Run will showcase the best of England’s second city following a scenic course which takes in many well-known city landmarks including Edgbaston cricket ground, Cannon Hill Park and Cadburys World.
Cllr Martin Mullaney, Birmingham City Council Member for Leisure said, “We are delighted that channel 5 will be broadcasting the action live across the UK and it’s a real indication of the status of the event.
“We know that the people of Birmingham are very proud of this event which provides a marvellous opportunity to celebrate all that is good about our city”
As with all Great Runs, the Bupa Great Birmingham Run is expected to raise considerable sums of money for a raft of good causes.
Former England footballer Geoff Thomas will be taking part – he was diagnosed with leukaemia within a year of retiring from professional sport. Geoff will be running for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Foundation, as without the bone marrow transplant he had in Birmingham in 2004, he would have died.
Also taking to the streets of Birmingham will be Angela Lonsdale, representing Bupa’s nominated charity, the Alzheimer’s Society. Angela starred in the TV drama Doctors, which was based in Birmingham and has become one of Britain’s best known actors.
Although the 13.1 mile course will be similar to previous years, after consultation with runners, the start and finish areas are being significantly modified to improve the overall experience. Extra on-course entertainment celebrating the unique cultural diversity of the city is also being planned.
More than 9,000 entries have been received already for the event and are available on a first come, first served basis at www.greatrun.org