The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run will take place on Sunday, October 14, with more than 10,000 people expected to take part this year.
The 13.1-mile half marathon - officially the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run - this year has a different route.
And it's still set to be a whole load of fun, both for those who are running and also for all the family members, friends and general supporters watching from the sidelines.
Whether you are a regular runner looking to smash your personal best time, or a newbie who fancies a bit of extra exercise and an opportunity to rise to a fresh challenge - this event caters for all.
Hundreds of young runners will be able to enjoy a great day of sporting activity in the city centre, as junior and mini runs will also be taking place on the same day as the half marathon.
The 1.5K Mini Run is open to children of all abilities aged three to eight and the 2.5K Junior Run is open to 9-15-year-olds.
All participants will get a T-shirt in advance and then a medal as soon as they cross the finish line.
The event also includes a Business Challenge, which invites office teams to compete for fastest-time trophies, raise funds for company charities and boost team spirit and office morale.
Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run route map and where to watch
In a reverse of previous routes, the Birmingham half marathon on October 14 will now start in Broad Street before taking runners to Highfield Road in Edgbaston and down the hill of Lee Bank Middleway, once a challenging incline near the end of the half marathon.
Participants will then do a lap of Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston Stadium before turning back to the city centre after they reach Bournville.
The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run finishes - watched by thousands of spectators - at Jennens Road and the Aston University Campus Charity Village.
Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run start times
In addition to the route changes the half marathon reverts to its earlier morning start time for 2018.
These are the official start times.
09:00 Information points open (located on Broad Street near the start and Aston University near the finish)
09:30 Start assembly area opens - Simplyhealth Junior Great Birmingham Run
09:30 Start assembly area opens - Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run
10:00 Start of the Simplyhealth Junior Great Birmingham Run
10:15 Start assembly area opens - Simplyhealth Mini Great Birmingham Run
10:20 Warm up for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run Orange and White waves
10:30 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (Orange wave)
10:43 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (White wave)
10:45 Start of the Simplyhealth Mini Great Birmingham Run
10:49 Warm up for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run Green and Pink waves
10:57 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (Green wave)
11:05 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run (Pink wave)
Anyone walking or part walking/running the event should start at the rear of their wave and in the first few kilometres, stay to the left-hand side of the road to allow runners through who want to pass.
If you want to run with a friend but have different coloured run numbers, you can drop back to run in the same wave but not move forward.
Trainers from Pure Gym will be on site to get you warmed up and stretched out. Orange and White wave runners will warm up at 10.20am with Green and Pink warm-up at 10.49am.
Look for signage or ask one of the information staff on site for directions.
Waves set off separately to help regulate the flow of runners through the course.
Where are the toilets?
Temporary toilets will be positioned in the streets leading to the start and in the assembly areas on Broad Street. There will also be toilets available on course.
Toilets will be busy before and after the run, so please allow plenty of time.
What about water for runners?
There are water stations at three miles, six miles, nine miles and just after 11 miles - they will be signed in advance.
Make sure you are ready to reach out and take a bottle while running – try not to come to a sudden stop when there are runners behind you.
Take only one bottle and, when you have finished, discard it in the bins provided or at the kerb edge. Try to keep it away from the carriageway.
Medical facilities will be available near to the start and finish line and will be positioned around the course if you need assistance. Contact a medic or steward if you need help at any time.
What happens at the finish line?
When you cross the finish line, don’t stop immediately. You will have to walk a short distance.
Everyone will get to cross the finish line, no matter what their pace. If you’re running at less than a 17 minute per mile pace, you may be asked to move on to the footpath for the later sections of the race.
Finishers’ packs will be sorted by T-shirt size and will include a bottle of water, your medal and other treats. Please take the pack that matches the T-shirt size you chose when you entered the event.
Family and friends will be able to wait for runners on Jennens Road as they cross the finish line and exit the finish system.
Arrange to meet family and friends at the Meeting Point at Aston University. Look for the large A-Z banners and stand by the one that corresponds to the first letter of your surname.
Free beer offer after you finish the run
You'll no doubt be in need in refreshment after taking part in the Birmingham half marathon
And maybe a celebratory drink too if you smashed your personal best time or completed the run for the very first time.
Even if you're watching the Great Birmingham Run from the sidelines, you might want to celebrate with friends or family who did do the run.
Birmingham fried chicken restaurant Bonehead is offering free beer to anyone who shows staff their Birmingham half marathon medal while eating a meal there between specific times after the event on October 14.
Find out more here:
Birmingham half marathon road closures
There will be a large number of road closures in place for the half marthon, in phases from 4am to 9.30am.
Roads will reopen in stages, starting at 12.30pm.
For full details of which roads will close at what time and when they reopen, see the full list here
Birmingham half marathon parking
Coming to the event by car is still an option despite the road closures that will be in place.
It's recommended to use alternative methods of transport but if you do need to use your car here are a few points to help you:
- Plan your journey in advance of event day.
- Do not assume that you can use your normal routes into the city centre
- Do not rely on your sat-nav as it could try to take you along routes that are closed for the event.
- Give yourself plenty of travel time on the event morning. There will be other runners coming into the city as well so the roads will get busy.
Parking is available in the city centre at runners’ own cost and spaces are likely to fill up quickly near the start and finish points.
Among the parking options to try are:
Q-Park multi-storey, Brunswick Street - 890 spaces, open all day, 2 hours £4.40, 3 hours £6.60, 4 hours £8.80, 5 hours £11, 8 hours £11.50
Car Park 22 multi-storey, Berkley Street - open all day, 24 hours £6, weekend £15
Tennant Street Car Park - open all day, 2 hours £2.50, 3 hours £3.50, 4 hours £4.50, 6 hours £5.50, 8 hours £7, 12 hours £8
Arena Birmingham Car Parks, King Edward's Road - underground car park and a multi-storey, all day, 2 hours £3.50, 3 hours £4.50, 6 hours £9, 9 hours £15
What's the weather forecast for Sunday?
Forecasts say Sunday will be cloudy at first, possibly with some light rain. Sunshine is expected as the day develops. Temperatures will reach a maximum of 13C and a minimum of 7C, but will feel slightly cooler and chillier.
The hour by hour forecast is as follows:
6am - 8C, sprinkles of rain, high cloud
7am - 8C, sprinkles of rain
8am - 8C, more sun than cloud, feels like only 5C
9am - 8C, more sun than cloud, high humidity, feels like 6C
10am - 10C, sunny, feels like 8C
11am - 11C, sunny, feels like 9C
Midday - 12C, sunny
1pm - 12C, sunny
2pm - 13C, sunny
3pm - 13C, sunny
4pm - 13C, sunny
5pm - 12C, mostly sunny
6pm - 12C, mostly sunny
7pm - 11C, cloudy
- This story has been updated to include more information about the event including start times, parking, weather forecast and the offer of free beer at a city restaurant