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Saturday October 19th 2019

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Race Information

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RACE INFORMATION

BIRMINGHAM RUNNING FESTIVAL 5k, 10k & HALF MARATHON – Saturday 19th October 2019

Address: Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6BT

The map below shows the event village location.
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START TIMES

Half Marathon – 9.30am

5k & 10k  – 10:00am

Race Numbers

SEE ENTRY LIST HERE

All pre-entries will be assigned a number. To collect them you need to make your way down to the numbers desk between 8:00am – 9:00am for the Half Marathon and 8:30am – 9:30am for the 5k & 10k. It will take around 15 minutes to collect your number and drop your bag off. The earlier you get there, the more efficient we will be on the day. You will only need one number attached to the front of your shirt. If you have your own pins then that would be great but we will have supplies if needed.

Your race number corresponds to the event you are doing, you CANNOT change distance.

Your timing chip will also be in the envelope, this needs to be attached to your shoe as per the instructions on the back of the chip. Please make sure you keep your number on at all times during the race. At the finish you can dispose of your chip (we do not need to collect them back).

When you collect your race packs, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the brief runner Information form which can be found printed on the back of your bib. This will help us greatly in case of an emergency!

You will find instructions on the back of your chip for how to attach it to your shoe correctly (as below):

Chip Instructions

Baggage

We will have a secure area where you can leave your baggage. We recommend you bring as little baggage as possible. Your baggage tag is attached to your race number, you simply tear it off and attach to your bag. To collect,  show your number to the baggage tent staff and they will help you find your baggage.

Toilets

There will be portaloos for all runners a little walk from the Start/Finish so we recommend you take this into account and plan before the race starts.

Refreshments

​There will be water provided on every lap of the race.

Good Luck with the run on Saturday from Team ACTIPHACTIPH Water is the UK’s first alkaline ionised bottled water with the highest pH in Europe. Through a unique ionisation process, our purified spring water is infused with a blend of electrolytes and supercharged to create a smooth and clean tasting alkaline water with a pH9+. ACTIPH is the healthy choice as you restore and maintain your natural balance, enabling you to live life to the fullest and get the most out of every day. All ACTIPH bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA free including the cap and label which makes us unique to other bottled waters and we believe gives us a clear sustainability advantage. Please remember to recycle in a recycling bin after the race. Take your hydration to a higher level and grab a bottle of ACTIPH at the finish line.

Thank you to Popchips for donating some of their delicious products for you all to try after your race. Their Popchips are a healthier and lighter alternative to your usual crisp. To find out more, head over to their website HERE.

During the race

We will have marshals all around the course as well as yellow signs for mile markers and green signs for KMS. The entire course is inside Sutton Park on the roads/paths not on grass. View course maps HERE.

  • Half Marathon – 4 laps
  • 10k – 2 laps
  • 5k – 1 lap

Please be aware that we have a lead bike on the front of each race. In the event that the course is a multi lap course, be aware that the lead bike might catch up behind you, and will be communicating which side the bike will be passing. In the interest of safety to yourself, other runners, pedestrians and our marshals, it is very important that instructions are listened to, and that if you are wearing headphones, your music is at a level that will allow you to hear instructions clearly. Also, please be aware that there will be spectators and members of the public using the park.

Spectators

In terms of spectating, this park could literally not be any better, the fields are open and every area of the park is accessible to see people running round. You can see the course map HERE.

Results

Results will be available on https://www.birminghamrunningfestival.com/ after the race.

Pictures

We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race and they will be on our Facebook page after the race so be sure to check it out and see if you can spot yourself.

Travel

Address: Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6BT

If using public transport, it’s a short walk to the main entrance at Town Gate from either the bus station in central Sutton Coldfield or the Sutton Coldfield rail station. Sutton Coldfield is less than half a mile away from the event village.

There are several entrances to the park. Car parks are marked on the Sutton Park HERE. There is very limited parking available on site so we recommend car pooling and taking public transport.

The park is easily accessible by both foot and cycle. Cycle parking is available in the park.

Things to note!

There WILL be pedestrians, please be aware of pedestrians, cyclists and dogs. We have marshals around the course and signs but this is not a road race, you have to pay very close attention to where you are going. We recommend you do not use earphones and you need to pay close attention to everything around you.

Social Media 

For updates leading up to the race, please check out our Twitter @runthroughuk and use the hashtag #BirminghamRunningFestival in the build up to the race :-)

Join our group on Facebook, RunThroughUK Chat and talk all things running with us!

If you use #BirminghamRunningFestival on Instagram with your race day collages, the best ones will feature on our page!