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why change it - just start a new one
am really disappointed with the confirmation coming out so late - for first timers they may feel it is a bit late to start training and for regular racers they may have sorted other things
not me though - i have sad life and have been sitting waiting
having been told in april by the organisers that it was 2 weeks away
but it is the day after beachy head - which i entered 6 months ago
can you put a link up on here Chio?
New Bham Half Forum
Just to let you know that the official website www.birminghamhalfmarathon.com will go live at 11am tomorrow. This is to fit in with the timing of the official media launch for the event.
Ooh, it's gone all dot com... does that reflect an international marketing approach perhaps?
A hundred messages before anyone even knows what's going on!
It's been a long time coming, but im relally glad this has happened. Well done to although those so far that have been planning this.
I've just eneterd, although I cant download the map yet. Seems a fairly good course as far as i can tell, probably going to run it next week to see what the routes like. Although i will prob run fast through new town, which should simulate racing conditions
Ok. This might sound like a daft question but I cant find the answer.
How do you get to the start from the finish? Is there transport provided as it appears a fair distance from both.
It says on the website that transport is provided to get people from the finish back to the start.
Have just signed up to marshall as I cant do it so will be cheering you all on
davidt - FAQs document on the website gives this....
Special arrangements will be made to transport runners back to the stadium when they finish so they can get back to their vehicles. Arrangements will also be made so that you can collect your clothing.
More information about these arrangements will be available shortly and will be included in your information pack.
Hope that helps?
£24.20?! They're 'aving a bleeding larff, aren't they?
I can't open the pdf map, either.
Try not to be among the stragglers in Newtown...!
Still not convinced it'll be the world-beater some of you seem to think - I work for BCC and I know very well just how badly they can screw things up.
Being the first one doesn't mean it has to be expensive, and the fact of the 2009 World Half doesn't necessarily mean that what amounts to a practice event is going to be any good. Of course I hope and pray that my doubts and fears prove to be unjustified...
That said, I've already signed up - can't go missing it, can I?
I was miffed by the 'processing charge' added in near the end of the registration process - why can't they just state the true cost up front?
OK, grumbles over, for now - it is Friday after all, only 8 hours or so to the weekend!
Well personally I think the routes quite a good one, nice and undulating, my only reservation is the birchfield to newtown section, but it's an inner city race and there are always scruffier parts of any city. As i live near Sutton park it would of been nice it some part of the race could of gone through the park.
I'm hoping that this first race is well organised and proves that the City is capable of hosting the championships the following year. Im glad there's a five year deal for the race and the 2012 race should be something special beings as it's an olympic year.
Can anyone tell me if this could be considered a fast course?
Mike B - here's my effort, also slightly long, but I generally find these Google-Map powered sites over-do it. http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-kingdom/birmingham/880831174071
I actually think that you can in fact compare the price of staging a combined half and full marathon in a place like Stratford, to a half marathon in a city like Birmingham - just you try and stop me! How much does it cost the City to close a few roads for a few hours on a Sunday?
Oh, I don't know, I don't mean to be negative - I just can't seem to help it! As I've said, I've already signed up, and I am feeling quite excited about running through Brum. Maybe I need a race to get the blood coursing... Arden 9 next weekend.
As for whether it's a fast course, JC21, it's fairly flat, and Walsall Road should be wide enough to avoid too much crowding off the start, so I reckon it could be.
Mike B, Road Kill here's my attempt about spot on, maybe a bit further through the square thatn I have. http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-kingdom/birmingham/873944119674
I personally think that the cost ia about right, you are comapring running club organised events against this one, if you compare it against other half marathons which are corporate sponsorsed events such as Robin Hood then I think you will find it compares more favourably.
As regards speed, there is about 200ft / 61m of ascent, but this is pretty much over the entire route. I would think slightly slower than the Great North run looking at the profiles, maybe slightly faster that the Coventry Godiva but never run that one.