Map of the 2015 Great Birmingham 10k Run course
Map of the 2015 Great Birmingham 10k Run course

Fasten your laces, the route can be revealed for the latest addition to Birmingham's running calendar.

Charity runners and elite athletes alike will be taking part in The Great Birmingham 10k Run on May 3 which takes in several city landmarks along its course.

Starting in Eastside in Jennens Road close to Millennium Point and Thinktank, the route passes Selfridges and Bullring before heading out along the Pershore Road in the shadows of Edgbaston Stadium to the furthest turn point adjacent to the Midland Arts Centre in Cannon Hill Park.

The first six kilometres are generally flat, allowing plenty of time to warm up the legs in preparation for the slightly more challenging uphill section between 7km and 8km as the route heads back towards the city centre.

The final flat and fast section is topped off with a downhill finish into Broad Street.

Having crossed the finish line, participants will be able to meet friends and family in the event village in Centenary Square surrounded by its many famous buildings, including the Library of Birmingham.

There will be support along the whole course including drinks stations, cheering buses and bands and the thousands of supporters and spectators lining the route.

The new run is a sister event to the established Great Birmingham Run half marathon which takes place in October and attracts more than 20,000 participants every year.

David Hart, communications director for Nova International, organisers of the Great Run events, said: "The course has something for everyone and is suitable for all levels of ability, whether beginner or experienced.

"It features many of Birmingham's landmarks before the big buzz of a city centre finish - and the buzz doesn't get much bigger than Birmingham's."