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Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

A4124, Wolverhampton, WV10 0, United Kingdom

Sat 6th July 2024

Starting at 08:30

1 race


Organiser's Description

A unique point to point race along canal towpaths starting in Wolverhampton City Centre and finishing in Brindley Place in Birmingham. The race is run in a time trial format with runners starting in waves from 8:30 - 12:00 based on their predicted finish time. The conditions underfoot vary from gravel tracks and un-kept trails to smooth pavement.

The route is largely flat with locks and bridges as the only inclines and includes the famous 'Coseley Tunnel' - a 360m tunnel a memorable feature of the scenic course. The route features floating drink stations (canal barges) every 3 miles. The finish line is in the heart of Brindley Place in the centre of Birmingham, all finishers will receive a bespoke finishers medal and well stocked goody bag.


  • Half Marathon - Early Bird


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  • Half Marathon - Early Bird


    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?

What's Included

You will be given a seeded start time based on your predicted finish time.
Please note you may not start at 8:30 and should plan your day accordingly.

  • Chip Timed
  • Traffic Free
  • Excellent scenery
  • Goody Bag
  • Medals
  • Point to Point Event
  • Lots of public transport available
  • Seeded Start times

How to Get There

We recommend looking at your logistics backwards, as you will be in Birmingham when you finish, so maybe better to park/stop/start the journey from B'ham.

Lots of car parking (Chargable)
Train station 10 mins walk away
Metro Line 2 mins from finish area.

Start area:
Train station is 5 mins walk away from the start. With trains running from all parts of the country.
Multiple car parks around Wolverhampton city centre.
Metro line (subject to extension completion) will also run next to the train station.
Main Bus station (Wolverhampton) opposite


Plenty of paid and free parking around the city. There is NO parking at the start line.


The start area:
The waterways access point is at Wednesfield Road. (Look for Rodeos restaurant)

Finish area:
Brindley Place, Birmingham.

Course Details

Undulating, dependant on the weather, its along the canal path so is narrow in points and could be muddy if it rains

The route is largely flat with locks and bridges as the only inclines, the route includes the famous 'Coseley Tunnel' a 360 metre tunnel, a memorable feature of the scenic course. The route features floating drink stations (canal barges) every 3 miles offering runners water and electrolyte.


  • Is there a Bag drop

    There is a bag drop at the start of the event and you can collect from the Malt House pub at the end along with your goody bag.

  • Where do I get my race number?

    Race numbers are posted out 1 week prior to the event, so book early.

  • What time does it start?

    The race starts at 8:30 but you will be seeded according to your estimated finish time.

  • Can I run in the same wave as my friend?

    Yes, but make sure you BOTH add the same MAGIC word and its case sensitive so be accurate.

fastest Times...

Male - Set in 2016, with a time of 1:10:26

Female - Set in 2016, with a time of 1:23:02

Fancy beating these times and earning £250??

*Please note is is not essential to run this fast, but for those who like that competitive edge, here's an added incentive.

The towpath and falling in!

The route is a public right of way and therefore open to other users, please be courteous and considerate to anyone you encounter. The towpath is quite narrow in places so please run in single file away from the canal, if you need to overtake simply shout a friendly warning and overtake on canal side, if someone asks to pass you please move away from the canal to allow them to overtake. Please remember that the runner you are passing will be focused on their own race so you may need to call a few times, it is up to you to choose appropriate passing places.

The course will have marshals at approx. every mile, clear directional signs and mile markers.

Please take care of running near the canal – it is likely possible to stand up in if you do fall in, make your way to a low point that is then easier to climb out from!

The Tunnel

Just after 4 miles you will meet the Coseley Tunnel, it is 329m long and it does get quite dark...The ground is uneven but there is a handrail throughout to use. We light the tunnel as best we can but given its nature and location it does present a logistical challenge. If you are at all worried please bring along a hand or head torch, remember it will also be a lot lighter if you lift your shades up! Please do not try to overtake in the tunnel

Drinks station

Floating drinks stations will be at located at around 3 mile intervals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 miles. Each drink station will offer water and electrolyte in cups. Littering will not be tolerated – runners must dispose of waste in the bins provided or leave it with a marshal.

  • Please do not litter the course!

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Clare Badger

Matthew Short

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Will Hale


Wolverhampton, West Midlands

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