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Family of Kevin Paterson run Great Birmingham Run in his memory

The sister of a man who died after completing last year's Great Birmingham Run says today will be a tough day for her.

Kathryn Cowen's brother, Kevin Paterson, who lived in Birmingham, died when he collapsed after crossing the finish line last year. 25 of his friends and family are running and raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Great Birmingham Run: Road closures in place

18,000 people will run the Great Birmingham Run today
18,000 people will run the Great Birmingham Run today Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

With more than 18,000 people running in the Great Birmingham Run there are a number of road closures in place around the city.

Find out which roads are closed in your area here.

All roads are expected to be re-opened by 18.00. Find out exactly when each road will re-open here.

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18,000 people to run in Birmingham half marathon today

The biggest half marathon in the Midlands will take place today in Birmingham, with 18,000 competitors expected to take part.

The Bupa Great Birmingham Run, which is now in its third year, attracts runners from both the UK and around the world.

The half marathon finishes on Birmingham's Broad Street Credit: /Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

The route starts at Paradise Circus before going out towards the village of Bournville and finishing back on Birmingham’s Broad Street.

Last year Kenyan runner Micah Kogo won a thrilling sprint for the line ahead of Ethiopian rival Abera Kuma, setting a new course record of one hour and 17 seconds.

Great Birmingham Run launches in the city

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This year's Bupa Great Birmingham Run officially launches today.

The 13.1 mile run will take place on October 21. Six-time Paralympic god medallist, David Weir, will be taking part along with around 18,000 other runners.

The half-marathon is the biggest in the Midlands, with runners taking in some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Bullring, the Cadbury’s factor in Bourneville and Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

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