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Not a snifter more about this event, save in Runner's World's fleeting reference to it in this month. Anyone else heard anything? Any thoughts on the route?
But nothing on it atm
Any more news from BCC?
I am planning the remainder of my runs around this so it feeds into the half training, but if this is for any reason postponed/cancelled, it is going to mess up my travel and training plans - can BCC confirm it is going ahead?
The website says more soon, but when folks, if it is going to be the flagship for next year, you'd hope it would be up and running for entries by now - please update us - I am getting twitchy here - my money may go elsewhere (would rather not) if we're not hearing anything!
Birmingham has been selected to stage the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships on 11 October 2009.
Yeah I heard this. Now would be a really good time to let us know that the dry-run for this year IS going ahead - I am getting real twitchy about this - London Half thru the parks is looking good for me to pull out a PB, but I want to do this run - if I don't hear anything confirming that this is going ahead, I am going to have to go elsewhere, and that's a shame as it would be nice to get behind Birmingham and support this event. It (for me) makes me wonder what image Bham is going to give.
I would have thought that the ballot would be appearing round about now (as London is), so as to attract as many people as possible to this "prestigious" event. I fear that like me a lot of people will be signing up to other races as I book mine as much as 12 months in advance, and put my training together at this time also.
I think I'll give it another week to hear confirmation, and if nothing's coming forth, it's the capital for me. Shame.
Need to hear something soon as like many others, I'm sure, I'm holding off on various alternatives on or around the same time - can only hold out so long...
B'ham Snail - I think you may be right about the photo, not that I was there, but on closer inspection it does appear to be all ladies.
Don't worry the Birmingham Half Marathon is definitely happening on 26 October 2008.
All the preparations are currently being made to announce the title sponsor, unveil the full route and launch the entry system. We are also planning a media launch which will be happening very soon.
Thanks for your patience and I'll post another message here with more details once the official website is fully operational.
Am also looking to do this one and have been waiting for more info since I first heard about it in about February!!
Me too - entered about a fortnight ago. Sounds great, along the towpath, setting off ten at a time to reduce jostling/drowning, running through a tunnel which, last I heard, they're arranging to be lit (apparently last year runners had to carry torches!)
I enjoy running the towpath, but have only ever been 'downstream' of the NIA before.
Shirley, I am seriously beginning to doubt that this is going to go ahead this year. It is really disappointing. Bham will lose out financially on this one. Half Marathon's aren't like 10K's where people can turn up and run, it needs planning from the participants, it is more of a runner's distance (not that other distances aren't folks, don't mis-interpret!) what I mean is most non-runners are not going to turn to this as their first race. So, to get round this, you need to advertise the event long before the deadline of most 12-14 week schedules.
I fear that it will be a low turnout - I for one am seriously contemplating Stroud Half marathon - well organised, chip-timed, not too badly priced and PB potential. If I do, I take circa 12 people with me, and they will tell 10-12 people etc etc. That's a lot of bad publicity for Bham COuncil and this run. May the Lord help them in 2009 for the IAAF "Worlds" !!!! Have mercy! Shame, this could have really brought Bham out in a good light.
Would anyone be interested in emailing a couple of influencial people at BCC?
The following are from the BCC website:
Steve Hollingworth has been appointed the new Assistant Director for Sport and Events at Birmingham City Council and will take up his position from 14th April, based in the House of Sport on Broad Street. more
Birmingham City Council has announced that they are bidding to stage the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2009 and the bid has been backed by national governing body UK Athletics. more
The people involved are:
/forum/smilies/confused_smiley.gif[/img]teve.Hollingworth@birmingham.gov.uk]Steve.Hollingworth@birmingham.gov.uk (newly appointed (14th April) Assistant Director for Sport and Events at Birmingham City Council)Ray.Hassall@birmingham.gov.uk (Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture)
Sorry, don't think the MailTo links work - ignore the /forum/smilies/confused_smiley.gifteve.Hollingworth@birmingham.gov.uk] bit and paste the rest into your email app in the 'To' box.
Someone's got to do SOMETHING! Hey, fancy putting a road race together? I was thinking, erm, about a half-marathon, October time? WHat about through the streets of Bham? Anyone interested? We could clean up!
I have just called Coun Hassall but he's not around, and am beginning to itchy about this one too!
Would normally run Dublim Mara, but really wanted to run on home turf for once!! Although I don't doubt it will happen, I think it is cutting it a bit fine if the final details aren't announced in the next few weeks, as Divine rightly states, it's not a race people decide to run on a whim, it requires planning and training!
And if this isn't sorted soon the initial enthusiasm for event will be lost, and by time the World Championship comes round in 2009, it risks alienating B'ham's bouyant running community!
They switched from Sept due to Wolv half - I guess (to be fair) it's always gonna clash somewhere, but there's NO excuse for not sodding well opening the ballot!
Cov Godiva looks good and i'll do that one next year MM (thanks for the info) I just want to run in Bham. If this don't come out in the next week or so, I think I'll go south to Stroud (MM - how flat is the Godiva one? Is it a chip-timed event? I'm looking for a specific time, so whilst I don't mind hills, I heard the Godiva was 'undulating' and if so I'll look to do this another time - what's your opinion MM?)
Emma I wouldn't wait in for a call... they're wetting it hoping you'll go away - seems to be the standard way to turn around calls there I am afraid. Nobody wants to talk about this event except Sarah Guest2. And if you get this notification Sarah, this is not personally aimed at YOU, but rather the way the council are missing the boat (a) to make a bit of cash and (b) to get some well-deserved publicity to Bham - a city I am proud to belong to.
BCC have missed the media momentum with this one. I don't care too much who the official sponsor is. I would like to know the ofiicial route sure, but I want to frigging-well ENTER THE RACE!!!!!!
Here - a group of runners, wanting to part with cash - happily. I know it takes a lot of organising, and I don't envy them for this task, but THEY are the ones that decided to bid for IAAF World Champs, and, subsequently, this year's event - so come on GET A MOVE ON or we'll all go elsewhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!