Great Midlands Fun Run

You begin the 8.5-mile route with an uphill climb of Mill Street out of Royal Sutton Coldfield town centre, passed the police and fire stations turning left onto Anchorage Road, passing the Town Hall at King Edward Square before descending down Upper Clifton Road and Clifton Road passed Wyndley Leisure Centre & Pool before turning right onto Monmouth Drive.

People taking part in the Great Midlands Fun Run
Cost:TBC
Event Time:01:00 pm
Event Date:02 June 2019
Event Distance:8.5 Miles

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events


Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event


Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.


How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.


Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;

 

Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons

 


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon

 


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The Great Midlands Fun Run Course

From here you enter Sutton Park [Europe’s largest urban park] at Boldmere Gate, winding you way for one mile up to the Jamboree Stone – site of the 1957 World Scout Jamboree – turning right towards Keepers Pool and then onto Town Gate drinks stage.

From here you pass Blackroot Pool then turn left at ‘Railway Turn’ before tackling ‘Cardiac Hill’ on your way out of Sutton Park at Four Oaks Gate.

The final 1.5 miles, along Four Oak Road & Lichfield Road to the finish in Royal Sutton Coldfield town centre, is reasonably level or downhill.

The route can be summarised as ‘challenging but great fun’.

Event Location : , Sutton Coldfield, B75 5BT

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