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Birmingham Marathon cancelled due to 'ongoing roadworks'

An estimated 22,000 people took part in last year's marathon. Credit: ITV News Central

The Birmingham International Marathon has been cancelled because of 'ongoing roadworks'.

Organisers have called off the event so that the route can be 'redesigned' for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

An estimated 22,000 runners took part last year - three decades after the Second City last hosted a marathon.

But ongoing redevelopment and roadworks at key areas in the city centre have restricted options for a new and improved route.

In a statement, The Great Run Company apologised and said they wanted to create an 'iconic' route, which wasn't possible at the minute.

It’s a difficult, but sensible decision. Rather than compromise the event, it’s better to go back to the drawing board.

Our ambition is to create an iconic marathon route showcasing the best of the city and we hope to be able to announce a new date and improved route later in the year.

We have listened to the feedback from participants in the 2017 Birmingham International Marathon and feel that it is best to work with our partners in the city to improve the running experience, and create a marathon that Birmingham can be truly proud of in the build-up to 2022.

– Paul Foster, The Great Run Company

Anyone who has already signed up will be given a full refund and offered discounted entry to the half marathon in October.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, added:

We could carry on with the route established last year, but it is much more important to look at this from a long-term perspective.

We’ve proven we can stage a marathon in the city and that there is a clear desire from runners for such an event - but it is better that we take stock, wait for the completion of some of the infrastructure projects making this city an even greater place to be and then re-route the marathon so it showcases our ever-transforming city in the best light possible.

– Ian Ward

The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K takes place on Sunday 6 May and the Simplyhealth Junior & Mini Great Birmingham Run for children and families will go ahead on Saturday 13 October.