More than 5,000 people from as far afield as Italy have already entered Birmingham’s half marathon.
The 13.1 mile race, which starts from Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr and finishes on Broad Street, near Centenary Square, will take place on October 26. But runners still hoping to enter have until September 26 to do so.
The event, organised by Birmingham City Council and sponsored by EDF Energy, will be a precursor to the Half Marathon World Championships which will the city will be hosting next year.
Councillor Ray Hassall, cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said: “We are delighted that the first ever EDF Energy
Birmingham Half Marathon has attracted so many entries. This is going to be a fantastic event for the city and I hope even more people will enter over the next few weeks before entries close at the end of September.”
More than half of all entrants are male but others who have also signed up for the race include 80 pensioners aged over 60 and more than 300 students.
Runners from the Channel Islands, France and Italy will also lend an international flavour to this road race.
Ray Wiltshire, EDF’s head of sponsorship, PR and events, said: “We are really please that this event has proven to be so popular, especially in its first year.”
For more information and to enter visit www.birminghamhalfmarathon.com or call 0844 888 3883.