Commonwealth Games: What is the marathon and cycle route for Birmingham 2022?

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The marathon's finish line will be in Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre Credit: PA

Cycling and marathon routes for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year have been revealed.

The marathon event, on the first Saturday of the Games, will take place in the city centre and south Birmingham.

The following week's cycling race will be staged in Warwickshire.

A cycling time trial route has also been revealed in Wolverhampton and triathlon events in Sutton Coldfield.

Organisers of the 2022 Games have said the routes would "showcase the West Midlands".

What is the marathon route for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games?

The marathon route will feature Birmingham landmarks such as Edgbaston stadium and the Cadbury factory

Runners will be able to cross the line at the end of the marathon in Victoria Square, in Birmingham city centre, on July 30 next year.

What landmarks will athletes be able to see along the marathon route?

Athletes will also take in city centre landmarks including:

  • Jewellery Quarter

  • St Phillip's Cathedral

  • Cadbury's chocolate factory

  • Edgbaston cricket ground

Meanwhile, a 16km cycle road race will start and finish in Warwick's St Nicholas Park on August 7, taking in rural village Hampton on the Hill as well as Leamington Spa.

The cycling road race route is a 16km loop will start in Warwick and also take in the surrounding countryside Credit: Birmingham 2022

What is the 2022 cycling route and where will it be?

Cyclists will also be able to appreciate Warwickshire, including the River Avon and views of Warwick Castle.

The men's event will see athletes complete 10 laps of the course and the women's event will cover seven laps.

The route for the 2022 Games has been announced nine months in advance to allow the local authority time to work with local residents to prepare for the one-day event.

"These routes will help to profile some fantastic landmarks from across the region and showcase the West Midlands and Warwickshire to the world," Matt Kidson, the Games' director of sport, said.