Event Overview


The Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon is a unique point to point race along the canal towpaths between Wolverhampton City Centre and Brindley Place in Birmingham.

The event format, is based on people's predicted finishing times. It seeds runners into in a time trial format running in waves of similar abilities. Waves start from 08:30 - 12:00. The conditions underfoot vary from gravel tracks and un-kept trails to smooth pavement.

The race accommodates all types of runners. There are entries for "Elites" such as club runners or those serious about running and the "Socials" those that are also club runners but don't take it too seriously to those who like a personal challenge or those running for another reason such as charity or personal reasons.

The route is largely flat with some 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. 

*Please note that occasionally there are additions to the event which are beyond our control and there could be a diversion in place. This is at the behest of the land owners (Canals and Rivers Trust). We aim to provide as much notice about this as possible but occasionally this may be at short notice. 

The finish line is in the heart of Brindley Place, Birmingham, all finishers will receive a bespoke finishers medal and a well stocked goody bag. Brindley Place boasts plenty of pubs and bars where you can refuel after the event and spend some time cheering in finishers.

benefits of the event

Fastest times to date

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 upto £250??

*Please note

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

Prize money also depends on the number of entrants and may not reflect the exact amount offered.