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Great run events are so difficult to get any info from. There's not even a telephone number. With London you can just ring up.
I've followed several discussions on strava that suggested other than at miles 13 and 22 (Bourneville) it is flat. I had in my head it was following much of the old half route which I always found challenging.
The other area that isn't clear is that whilst there are 2 start times and various pacers, there doesn't appear to be any form of controlled start pens.
In terms of getting back to the start after the race, there are trains right through sunday afternoon from Birmingham new st to Perry Barr and it tales about 12 minutes. It would probably only be 10-12 by taxi.
Im bypassing the issue by simply getting a taxi to the start.
I would still suggest the train would be a better option as it wont get caught up in road closures and city traffic.
I have been trying to find out who the 3 hour pacer is. I have been told by another pacer that they currently don't have one. They really ought to make this public as a lot of people will be planning to follow.