21km (Half Marathon) Run Loop Birmingham

A 21km (half marathon) loop along canal towpaths, out past Bournville and then back along the Rea Valley Cycle Route through Cannon Hill Park – a perfect “green run” for during the day, as not all paths are lit at night.
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Pictorial directions:

Start at Council House. Cross Victoria Sq. Run down Pinfold St. Right into Navigation St.

Go under flyover. Turn right up path to Holliday St. Left along Holliday St.

Go under bridge. First left onto canal. Right at canal. Run for 7.5km to bridge with steps taking you across canal to other side.

Cross canal to other side. Continue along canal towpath. Exit canal on left after 150m. Follow Rea Valley Cycle Route No 5.

Keep following Rea Valley Bike Route No. 5 blue signs all the way to Cannon Hill Park, approx 4km.

Run anti-clockwise around park. Exit at MAC Arts Centre gate. Run ahead past Aldi. Left onto Edgbaston Rd. Right onto Pershore Rd.

Cross at pedestrian lights. Run up Sir Harry’s Rd. Cross Bristol Rd to continue up Sir Harry’s Rd. Cross Wellington Rd. Right onto Arthur Rd.

Keep running straight ahead. Cross Carpenter Rd. Continue along Wheeley’s Rd. Left at A4540 Lee Bank. Left down steps onto canal. Left along canal.

Run along canal to corner by The Cube/Mailbox. Run around corner following canal to the left.

Through Broad St tunnel, past Sealife Centre. Cross canal twice (by The Malt House pub) to run back.

Through Broad St tunnel again (on other side). Exit canal at James Brindley Canalhouse pub. Left up Bridge St.

Cross over Broad St. Right in front of Rep Theatre. Follow path back to city centre.

Follow path around Town Hall back to start by Council House.

Run NE past Council House entrance. Turn 1 st left into Eden Place . Turn 1st right into Edmund St.

Continue along Edmund St. Cross over Newhall St.

Turn right into Church St. Run to Cathedral Square. Turn left onto Colmore Row.

Run one complete loop around outer edge of Cathedral Sq.

Run part way round a second loop of Cathedral Sq. Turn left into Waterloo St.

Run to Victoria Square and back to start.

Resources:

  • Download and print out the 21km A4 sheet to fold into a hand-sized mini-booklet with easy to follow maps and directions for this run.
  • Download and print out the 3km run A4 foldable sheet you will also need for this run.

[View instructions on how to fold these sheets here]

Overview:

 

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