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Great Birmingham Run

June 29, 2011 @ 2:39 pm
posted by skyline

Today was launch day for the new Bupa Great Birmingham run.  Organisers are hoping that the run can become one of the countries great running events to rival the “Great North Run” and the London Marathon.

Organised by nova and sponsored by Bupa the event replaces the Birmingham Half marathon and takes place on October 23rd 2011. The race will have 15,000 competitors and will be the first  half marathon in Birmingham to be televised.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Birmingham City Council Member for Leisure said, “We are delighted that Nova are looking to take the event to the next level and we know that it will be become an event that the people of Birmingham will be very proud of. It provides a marvelous opportunity to celebrate all that is good about Britain’s second city”

Helen Clitheroe, European indoor 3000 meter champion and also the winner of the  Great Manchester Run last month said, “It’s too early for me to be certain about my autumn race schedule, but this event is certainly on my radar. The atmosphere at the Bupa Great Runs is phenomenal and I am still buzzing from winning in Manchester a few weeks ago.”

The course will be similar to previous years however the start and finish areas are being modified to improve the runner experience and extra on-course entertainment is also being provided around the 13 mile route.

Entries are open now at the following web site on a first come, first served basis.



Take That Travel Advice Villa Park

June 22, 2011 @ 4:53 pm
posted by skyline

Event Details

The’ Take That’ concert is being held at:
Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park, Trinity Road, Birmingham, B6 6HE
The main doors will open at 5pm and will close at 10.45pm.
The entrances will be located at the Trinity, Holte and Doug Ellis stands.
Your ticket will indicate which stand and door you will require.
We recommend that you plan your journey to Villa Park to ensure that
your experience is as enjoyable as possible. Below we have provided
some travel information to help you organise your journey. Villa Park isonly a short 10 minute bus or train ride form Birmingham City Centre
which hosts a wealth of public transport options.
Signage will be provided at car parks and within the surrounding area to
direct you to your designated gate.
Please plan your journey using train services very carefully. If your return journey involves using a connecting train from Aston or Witton Station to Birmingham New Street, please check with your train operator that you will have time AFTER the concert to access your return service. There are two train stations within walking distance of Aston Villa Football club, Witton and Aston Station. Aston Station can be reached form Birmingham New Street and is on both the Birmingham New Street to Walsall and the Longbridge /Redditch to Lichfield Trent Valley lines. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes until 20:13 when a half hourly service runs until 23:26.

Witton Station can also be reached from Birmingham New Street station
and is located on the Birmingham New Street to Walsall Line (station after Aston). Trains run every half an hour until 19:57 and then hourly with the last train arriving at 23.28pm.
For further information please visit: or contact 0871 200 2233
There are two main bus services which service Villa Park, these are:
Number 7 from Birmingham City Centre on Colmore Row by
Birmingham Cathedral and travels through Witton to Perry Common
every 5-10 minutes until 8pm and then every half hour until the last bus at 00.15am. Numbers 11A and 11C (Birmingham Outer Circle) which runs from Acocks Green, through Erdington, Bearwood, Harborne, Kings Heath and completes its loop in Acocks Green. This runs every 5-10 minutes until 19.26pm and then runs every 20 minutes until the last bus at 23.06pm. The bus stop closest to Villa Park is located at Witton Square. For further information please visit: or call 0871 200 2233.



Aston Villa has 100 cycles spaces available located near the Trinity Stand.
By Road
If you choose to travel by car please plan your journey carefully to locate the most suitable car park. Satellite Navigation systems: Please do NOT use Villa Park’s address or postcode as your destination point. Plan your car journey to the nearest relevant car park as your starting point. The postcodes for each of the official car parks are provided to help with navigation.
Directions from the North West or South West
We recommend you exit junction 7 of the M6 and follow signs for
Birmingham A34 and follow the map to the nearest car park.
Directions from the North East or South East
We recommend you exit junction 6 of the M6 and follow signs for the
A38 (not the A38M) and follow the map to your nearest car park.
Motorway signage will be provided to these junctions.


People should be aware that there is NO parking available in side streets
near Villa Park. A strict residents parking scheme will be enforced within 2km of Villa Park. Dedicated parking facilities will be available which are shown in the car park map on the reverse of this leaflet.
For information and to book disabled parking, please call
0121 326 1518 or email
National Express will be providing dedicated coach services for the Take That concert from a variety of locations please see for further details.
If you are organising your own coach transport to the concert then please contact Lee Preece in advance of your travel arrangements -
Taxi and Pick up and Drop off points
There will be taxi and public drop off and pick up points near to Aston and Witton train stations. For more information please contact: Lee Preece.
Call 0121 327 2299 or email

Parking Details


Take That Villa Park Car Parking

June 21, 2011 @ 2:42 pm
posted by skyline

Villa Park have released parking details for the upcoming Take That concert on Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th of June 2011.  Take That fans attending are urged to arrive with plenty of time to spare. The main doors to the event open at 5pm and close at 10.15pm.

The address of the event is Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park, Trinity Road, Birmingham, B6 6HE. Car drivers are advised to plan ahead rather than to turn up at the event in a car hoping to park.

Officials are predicting widespread disruption on the roads around villa park and the surrounding arterial routes in and out of the city.

All 48,000 tickets have been sold for each event and organisers are hoping to avoid congestion by giving out the advanced parking information prior to the event.

A map of the parking for the event can be found below.




Take That Villa Park Birmingham

June 20, 2011 @ 5:07 pm
posted by MBailey

Traffic Chaos has been predicted for brummies during the sell out Take That concert at Villa Park on Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th of June. 

Commuters and residents have been urged to avoid the area around Villa Park if possible and also major routes  such as the Aston Expressway.

48,000 tickets have been sold for each night of the concert and organizers are predicting major disruption to some of Birmingham’s main arterial routes in and out of the city.

A travel guide has been produced by Villa Park especially for the event. This can be downloaded here.

take that birmingham villa park travel guide


Business Leaders Back HS2

June 15, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
posted by MBailey

More than 400 business leaders have given overwhelming support in backing plans for the Birmingham to London HS2 High Speed rail line.  Opponents to HS2 could only muster a handful of business backers.

The glowing endorsement for High Speed rail leaves the no campaign in tatters and with the leaders of the campaign labelled as “nimbys”.

The proposed High Speed rail line will run into a new Curzon St Station in Birmingham and will be vital for attracting growth to the West Midlands. It will slash journey times to the London and its claimed will cement Birmingham as the UK’s second city.

The transport secretary, Philip Hammond described the petition backing the scheme as a “huge vote of confidence in our plans” as he launched a campaign in favor of the project on Tuesday at Nomura’s headquarters in the City of London.
Mr Hammond said the 400 signatures on the petition showed business believed that better transport links were “vital” to the country’s economic health.

“A new railway was always going to create opposition from the people who live closest to it, but this shows the level of national support . . . for more and quicker trains between our major cities,” he said.

“A vocal minority are determined to block our ambitious proposals to create a railway fit for the 21st century. It is important that all those who are in favor make themselves heard.”


International Food Fair

June 14, 2011 @ 4:19 pm
posted by skyline

Brummies can sample the delights of the International Food Fair that runs from the 3rd of June to the 19th of June.  The fair takes place in and around Victoria Square in the city center.  The food fair has doubled in size this due to the huge success of last years event.

The fair is open daily from 10am to 9pm. Over 120 stalls will showcase food and drink from all around the world. Seating is available in Victoria Square as are toilets and disabled facilities. A huge German themed beer tent has been erected should the weather take a turn for the worse.

Councillor Mike Whitby hopes the international food fair can develop into a regular event in the cities calendar in a similar way to the Christmas market.

“The International Food Fair was a big success last year as visitors enjoyed cuisine from around the world, including the best of British.

“The feedback was extremely positive for an event that perfectly showcased our multicultural city to visitors from across the globe, enhancing Birmingham’s reputation as a destination city.

“Last year’s visitor figures showed a definite appetite for a summer sister to our now world famous Frankfurt Christmas Market and that event has grown from 200,000 visitors in 2001 to a massive three million last year.

“So, building on a successful start, we promised to further develop the event and this year we’ve doubled the number of stalls. The plan is to continue growing the international food fair over a number of years.”


Birmingham New Street Station

June 7, 2011 @ 3:16 pm
posted by MBailey

Dramatic drawings of the how Birmingham’s New Street station will look after redevelopment has been revealed by the developers.

The image shows the view of the amazing transformation of the redesigned “New St Street Station”

The artists impression shows how the modern sweeping glass structure transforms the currently dowdy lower temple street area into a high tech futuristic scene.  The transformation is very impressive and helps cement Birmingham’s place as the UK’s second city.


Birmingham Half Marathon 2011

June 2, 2011 @ 12:30 pm
posted by skyline

Birmingham Half Marathon 2011

The Birmingham Half Marathon 2011 has been re-launched and re-branded.

The official entry details can be found below.  The race will take place on the 23rd of October 2011 and 18,000 places will be available.

Race Entry

The Provisional Course map can be found here.


Great Birmingham Run

@ 11:48 am
posted by skyline

Birmingham’s yearly half marathon event is set to be relaunched this year under the name “the Bupa Great Birmingham Run”. 

Previously the event had been known as the EDF Birmingham Half Marathon however the relaunch aims to complement other iconic runs such as the “Bupa Great North Run” and the “Bupa Great Manchester Run”. The race will take place on the 23rd of October 2011

Cllr Martin Mullaney Birmingham City Council Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said:
“We are proud of how the half marathon has become an important event on the sporting calendar, but our priority is to ensure more people can participate.  There are obviously challenges associated in organizing an event of this scale and we are pleased that Nova were keen to take the event to the next level.

“The Bupa Great Birmingham Run will become part of a hugely successful series which has not previously included an event in Britain’s second city. It will be promoted across the UK and internationally and we are excited about its future, both as an event for elite athletes and a mass participation event for the people of Birmingham.”

Participants who wish to apply to enter the race can do so from the following website that is launched today.

Entries will be limited to 18,000 runners and race places will be allocated on first come first served basis.  The race will start and finish in Broad Street and a provisional race map can be viewed here.