If you’re taking part in this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k, it is the perfect time to begin training- that’s if you haven’t already! With the warmer weather and longer days approaching, there is no better time to get started.
To provide you with a little inspiration and ensure you’re fighting fit come 26th May, we have compiled a list of the most beautiful and convenient locations you can run in and around Birmingham, whilst enjoying the scenery every step of the way.
As always, please be sure to be cautious and sensible. Tell someone where you’re going, and keep your eye out for traffic, cyclists and other runners.
Cannon Hill Park – best for easy running
Not only is Cannon Hill one of the most popular open spaces in the city, but it is also an excellent route for runners of all levels too. A variety of interconnecting paths means you can take to a new trail each day; long or short, you’re bound to discover many new and awe-inspiring sights.
Lightly lapping the park’s boating lake is an ideal post-work activity. Its location next to the MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) also means you can wander in for a quick coffee or a sweet treat to reward your efforts!
Edgbaston Reservoir – best for mile reps
Not too far from the city centre is Edgbaston Reservoir, which has a circular trail; two laps of the reservoir will get you three miles
This quaint spot offers impressive views across the water and the incredible Birmingham skyline. Ideal for a morning run and you’ll feel safe because many runners use this popular path given its short circumference, beautiful views. It also has a convenient large carpark located to the south-east of the reservoir.
Sutton Park – best for steady running
Sutton Park is Europe’s largest urban park; you can’t get much better than that! The park boasts a huge 2,400-acre space that will make training for any 5k+ challenge miles easier and much more enjoyable.
A glance at any mapping software will reveal the hundreds of laps and loops across the area. Like all of the routes suggested here, the views are immense. And with no traffic and a hard surface, this is a great place to spend a few hours practising and perfecting your race plan. There are plenty of cafés to stop off for refreshments too.
City centre (canal-side) – best for lunchtimes
A must for a fuss-free run that is easy to customise. This canal-side route is the lunchtime choice for city workers who want to fit in a short burst. Pass iconic city landmarks, such as: The Cube, Mailbox and Birmingham University’s famous Old Joe Clock Tower.
Millennium Point – best for short running
For a more urban flavour, try this nippy road route. You’ll zip past ThinkTank and Millennium Point, and head through Eastside Gardens. Some nice downhills here too. The loop is around 0.6 miles so you can do as many laps as you have time for or maybe try a little speed session here.
Click here for more information about prime locations for racers here in the city.
In need of a little help?
If you struggle to get the motivation to go on a run, or simply prefer running in groups, then be sure to check out ‘Great Run Local’. The group has three locations in the Midlands that you can go along to for FREE. The sessions are all volunteer-led and include a 3k or 5k route. They encourage all running abilities and ages to come along, you can even bring your four-legged friend too!
Take a look at the sessions and the Facebook pages for more information on how to sign up:
Ley Hill – Starts at 9:30am every Saturday from Holloway Hall Community Centre
The Vale – Starts at 10:30am every Sunday from The Vale Campus at the University of Birmingham
Edgbaston – Starts at 9:30am every Sunday from Edgbaston Reservoir
Find out more here.
If you haven’t already entered the Great Birmingham 10k, then here are 9 reasons why you should!
Click here for more information about the Simplyhealth Great Run, and details on how to sign-up.