Saturday 30 July

Free to View Marathon

What to expect

Central Birmingham will be the focus for the women’s and men’s marathon and the women’s and men’s T53/T54 wheelchair marathons. All events will start at Smithfield and finish in Victoria Square and take place on Saturday 30 July 2022 from just before 7AM until around 1.45PM.

The event starts in Smithfield and ends in Victoria Square, both in Central Birmingham, and the course extends many miles to Bournville, south of the city.

The course is made up of distinct sections. An 18km looped southern section which all athletes will complete twice and a 6.2km section through the city centre. Full details of the course are available here.

Course length: 42.4KM. This is made up of 2 x 18KM laps of the southern section plus the 6.2KM city centre section.

Detailed timings: This table shows the times that the lead athletes are expected to start and finish each event.

  Para Men Para Women Men Women
Start 7AM 7.02AM 9AM 10.30AM
Finish 8.34AM 8.51AM 11.14AM 1.01PM



Marathon Route Map
  • Stay Local

    Stay local - There are great opportunities to view the action along most parts of the course, but we encourage you to stay local if you live in or are staying in the area.

    Leave no stretch unsupported - if you are travelling in from outside the area, please spread out along the entire length of the course to support your favourite country or individual athlete. Competitors need your encouragement for the whole route, so make your voice heard.

  • A Tale Of Two Sections

    Remember that the course is split into two distinct sections: a long southern loop down to Edgbaston, Stirchley and Bournville, and the shorter city centre section.

    The central area is likely to be very popular so, unless you are already based in this area, why not beat the crowds and head to the southern section where you can also see more of the action as athletes loop this area twice.

  • Three's a crowd

    The section of the course through Edgbaston, particularly around Pershore Road, is expected to be very busy as women’s Cricket T20 takes place on the same day as the Marathon.

    If you live in or are staying in this area, walking or cycling locally to less busy areas is advised. For example, Cannon Hill Park will be a great place to take in the action.

    If you are travelling from further afield, please consider heading to other parts of the course.

Before you leave home

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  • Arrive early

    Don't miss a second of the action.

    To avoid disappointment, aim to arrive at your preferred viewing spot well before the start of the race.

  • Be prepared

    You are likely to spend most of your time outdoors so check the weather forecast and be prepared for all British summer time weather conditions.

    Appropriate footwear will be a must. All the cheering and celebrating works up an appetite, so bring a picnic with you or check-out the best place to grab a bite to eat near the course.

  • Ensure your phone is fully charged

    Everything you need for your day at the Games is accessible on your mobile phone, so be sure to charge it up before you leave.

    Don't worry about losing signal, as the Games App is available to use offline.

About the area - What to do and where to stay

Birmingham is an essential visit, with top class sport at the Commonwealth Games and world class cultural events during the Birmingham 2022 Festival. The city is bursting with fantastic foodie options with canal side dining, award-winning restaurants, the vibrant street food scene, the Balti Triangle and Chinese Quarter.

Birmingham is home to Europe’s largest city centre-based shopping centre, luxury boutiques, independent markets and where better to buy your bling than the Jewellery Quarter.

Birmingham isn’t short of things to do with museums, galleries, and historic houses to explore, family friendly attractions, theatres and concert halls, and fascinating tours of Birmingham’s heritage and waterways. 

With the course heading south of the city there is also much to do around Edgbaston, Stirchley and Bournville. For the first time ever, women’s Cricket T20 will be part of the Commonwealth Games and this will be held at the Edgbaston Stadium. As this is one of our larger venues, there are still some cricket tickets available so you could even watch two sports in one day.

If you’re visiting from further afield why not stay overnight and enjoy all that the region has to offer.

Whether visiting for the day or staying a little longer, you’ll find lots to do in the area. Discover more about what to do and where to stay locally or elsewhere in the West Midlands here. 

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  • Get Active

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to the event.

    West Midlands Cycle Hire is offering 2 x 30 mins FREE rides, each day from 27 July to 8 August. Bikes are available 24/7, with docking stations at major bus, metro and train stations, visitor attractions and city or town centres.

    There is a dedicated cycle lane on the A38 from Birmingham City Centre to Edgbaston, please be aware some cycle paths may become busy with other spectators using them at peak periods.

  • Catch The Train

    There are several train stations near the course, so check out the map at the top of the page and decide on the best location for you.

    The stations close to the start of the Marathon course include Birmingham New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill, while the southern section of the course can be reached from Selly Oak and Bournville stations.

    If you have accessibility requirements, please note that all these stations have step-free access to platforms and passenger assistance is available. Please contact the relevant train operator for further information. You can also use the Games Journey Planner to confirm your best options.

  • Ride The Metro

    West Midlands Metro is the region’s popular and growing tram network linking central Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

    The nearest stops to the start of the course are those in Central Birmingham which, as shown on the map above, are St Chads and the Jewellery Quarter.

    Please note on Marathon day the Metro will terminate at Grand Central.

    Please use the Games Journey Planner to plan your travel.

    If you have accessibility requirements, please note that the Metro is fully accessible.

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