Sold-out AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run gets Brum buzzing for Bank Holiday Weekend

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  • Thousands take on annual challenge across city centre
  • Junior and Mini runners dash through Smithfield
  • Super Earlybird offer for 2025 10k and half marathon

More than 14,000 Brummies pounded the sun-kissed city streets for fun, fitness or to fundraise at the sold-out 2024 AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run on Sunday, 5 May.

The Midlands’ premier running event saw thousands set off from Broad Street and Centenary Square to see the sights of the city centre and south Birmingham in front of 50,000 cheering spectators and under glorious blue skies.

Runners were welcomed to the start-line with warm-ups and live music at the Heart FM DJ truck, and an inspirational set-list from DJs Gemma Hill and Ed James to help motivate them for the challenge ahead.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Chaman Lal, set off each wave by ringing a runners’ bell, blasting air horns and sharing high-fives with participants, alongside representatives from the charity foundations of Aston Villa FC, Birmingham City FC and West Bromwich Albion FC.

Hundreds of this year’s 10k and half marathon runners were sporting their clubs’ colours with pride as the charity foundations offered places for fans to fundraise on their behalf, while the club mascots took part in the Junior and Mini Run Mascot Race over at the Smithfield finish line. They were among hundreds of energetic youngsters tackling the Junior and Mini Run, which was a sell-out for 2024.

Fancy dress runners were once again generating cheers and smiles from the thousands of spectators across the route with runners dressed as hot dogs, Super Mario Brothers, Supermen and Superwomen, unicorns and a carrot!

Millions of pounds have been raised for good causes at the Great Birmingham Run since 2017 and charities will once again benefit from the remarkable achievements of the thousands running for good causes this year.

Charity cheering buses were on the course – with wonderful supporters representing, Alzheimer’s Society, Birmingham Hospice, Cancer Research UK, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support – to thank the runners for their fundraising exploits and keep their spirits up and legs pumping.

A host of companies of all sizes took on competitors for bragging rights and fastest-time trophies in the Business Challenge with Solihull School returning to defend their crown. The winners of the 2024 Business Challenge will be announced as soon as individual times have been collated and ranked.

Paul Foster, Chief Executive, The Great Run Company, said: “The Great Birmingham Run is the first event in the Great Run Series schedule and we look forward to it every year.

“Once again, it was wonderful to experience the Centenary Square start-line atmosphere and great to see the running stars of the future complete the Junior and Mini event.

“This weekend has been a running party atmosphere like no other, and I congratulate each and every one of our participants for their incredible achievements.

“We can’t wait to see you all again on Sunday, 4th May, 2025!”

AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run 2024 winners’ times

10K Top 3 Male

Stephen Blake (Aldershot Farnham & District AC) – 00:31:16

Tomos Roberts (Meirionnydd Running Club) – 00:31:46

Paul Howard (St Helens Striders) – 00:31:51

10K Top 3 Female

Gemma Steel (Charnwood AC) – 00:34:06

Carla Davies (Preston Harriers) – 00:35:22

Helen Gaunt (Tonbridge AC) – 00:35:36

Half Marathon Top 3 Male

Omer Ahmed (Birchfield Harriers) – 01:05:35

Tom Scrutton (University of Warwick) – 01:12:31

Eddie Lynch (University of Birmingham AC and Cross Country Club) – 01:14:18

Half Marathon Top 3 Female

Abbey Van Dijk (Run 4 U and Perform Running Club) – 01:21:17

Agnieszka Wilk – 01:22:57

Lauren Cooper (Shrewsbury Athletic Club) – 01:23:20

Entries have now opened for next year’s AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run, with a Super Earlybird offer up for grabs.

Taking place on Sunday, 4th May, 2025, the iconic city centre event is the Midlands’ biggest and best running event. This year’s event was a complete sell out, so get in early to secure your place on the start line and bag yourself a saving in the process.

Enter the 10k or half marathon now with the Great Birmingham Run Super Earlybird offer saving up to £8 on your entry, but hurry, the offer ends on Monday, 13 May, 2024! 

Visit greatrun.org

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