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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

Credit: ITV News Central

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.

Family of half marathon victim to run race next year in his memory

Kevin Paterson was 36, he collapsed and died after finishing the race Credit: Family photo

The family of a runner who died after the Great Birmingham Run hopes to run the same race next year in his memory.

Kevin Paterson was 36-years-old and an experienced runner, but he collapsed after crossing the finish line of the half marathon on October 21st.

Kevin was a married man who lived locally to Birmingham Credit: Family photo


Ikano Nottingham Half Marathon tomorrow

The new Half Marathon route in Nottingham Credit: Nottingham Half Marathon

There's a new course for runners to tackle in tomorrow's Nottingham Half Marathon.

Starting at 9.30am, runners will get a view of the castle, the Trent Bridge cricket ground and the Nottingham Forest Football Club as they continue the route, before finishing the final 400m along the new flood defence cycle track.