Race Information and Format
The Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon is a unique point to point race along the canal towpaths between Wolverhampton City Centre and Brindley Place in Birmingham.
The race format is based on peoples predicted running time (seeded) in a time trial format with runners starting in waves between 08:00 - 12:00. The conditions underfoot vary from gravel tracks and un-kept trails to smooth pavement.
The route is largely flat with locks and bridges as the only inclines, the route includes the famous 'Coseley Tunnel' a 360 metre tunnel,a memorable feature of the scenic course. The route features floating drink stations (canal barges) every 3 miles offering runners water and electrolyte.
The finish line is in the heart of Brindley Place, Birmingham, all finishers will receive a bespoke finishers medal, well stocked goody bag and the option of showers and massages. Brindley Place boasts plenty of pubs and bars where you can refuel after the event.
Parking and Transport
As this is a point to point race, the start and finish lines are 13.1 miles apart which adds a logistical challenge to the event.
There are a host of hotels in Wolverhampton and Birmingham, just depends where you want to stay.
Public transport is the best way to travel to and from the race. Wolverhampton train station is less than a 5 minute walk from the start and the finish line is a 10 minute walk to / from both Birmingham New Street Station and Birmingham Snow Hill.
If you are coming by car you need to decide if it is best for you to park at the start in Wolverhampton or at the finish in Birmingham. There is plenty of pay and display car parks near to both the start and finish lines. Travelling back to the start/finish lines is easy, trains run every 15 minutes between New Street and Wolverhampton there is also the metro tram that travels from Birmingham Snow Hill to Wolverhampton every 8 minutes.