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Countdown to Birmingham's 2017 Marathon: 'running's coming home'

Credit: Great Run

Birmingham's first International Marathon will take place on Sunday 15 October - and Great Run say 6,500 people have already signed up - seven months in advance.

The 26.2 mile route will begin at the Alexander Stadium before heading through the city centre, out to Bournville, past Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Cadbury World along the way, before returning to Millennium Point.

Anyone familiar with racing in Birmingham might be pleased to hear "The Hill" has gone for good.

David Hart from Great Run says the route isn't too hilly...

But of course, David says "running is coming home", because it's not the first marathon to be held in the city. There was a marathon in Birmingham before there was one in London!

Last year, the 10k and half marathon raised £4m for charity, and hotels are expected to be sold out. David says the event will do so much for Birmingham- and it's Commonwealth Games bid.

Birmingham is the home of mass participation marathon running in the UK - there was a Birmingham marathon that preceded London so we're saying 'running's coming home'.

It's fantastic that this event will come to the city and of course with Birmingham interested in the Commonwealth Games, there has to be a marathon in the Games, so this will tick another box.

– David Hart, Great Run

The city has hosted 10ks and a half-marathons for years - here's a clip of one of the many previous intrepid participants crossing the finishing line.

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