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Birmingham International Marathon: top hacks for runners

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It's the first Birmingham International Marathon this Sunday, October 15, where 9000 runners will take to the streets alongside those taking part in the half marathon.

Weeks of training will pay off - but there'll be road closures and disruption for those not taking part.

Course

The 26.2-mile event starts at the Alexander stadium before heading through the city centre, out to Bournville, past Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Cadbury World, before returning to Millennium Point.

180,000 bottles of water will be handed out to runners for the two events.

Half marathon - Green mile markers Marathon - Orange mile markers

Click here for road closure and reopening times

Credit: Great Run

Top hacks

  • Run number. Fill in the back of your number with your details. Don't remove your timing chip and make sure it's not damaged.
  • Safety pins. Bring some spares, but customer services will also have them for emergencies!
  • Water. Bring a bottle to sip at the start and there will be more along the course at miles 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22 and 25 along with gels at miles 13 and 22.
  • Travel. Plan it the night before allowing plenty of time to get to the start.
  • Clothes. Attach your baggage label and make sure you don’t leave any valuables in your bags. Baggage buses will transport them from start to finish.
  • Meeting up. Make arrangements to meet your family and friends at the end. Head to the banners with letters of the alphabet on them matching your surname.
  • Runners' pack. If it hasn't turned up - visit the customer service point at the finishers’ village at Aston University from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.
  • Jelly babies - on the Half they're at mile 4, along the Marathon they're at mile 17.
  • Free Wi-Fi. At both the start and finish areas.
  • Your cheerleaders. Make sure you know where your friends and family will be. Cannon Hill Park, Pershore Road and Bristol Road are recommended for spectators.

Waves

  • 6:00 Information point, baggage and toilets open
  • 7:30 Assembly opens for Red runners
  • 8:20 Warm up for Red runners
  • 8:30 Start for Red wave
  • 8:45 Assembly opens for Blue runners
  • 9:20 Warm up for Blue runners
  • 9:30 Start for Blue wave
  • The half marathon will start from 13.30.

Transport to the start

  • Park at Perry Park (near the Stadium)
  • Get dropped off nearby
  • Use the shuttle bus from the city centre (tickets already sold)