When you think of Birmingham, you probably think of the sprawling cosmopolitan city centre, but the city is also blessed with a multitude of beautiful parks, green spaces and waterways.
We've pulled together our favourite running routes for you to enjoy in the city centre and beyond.
One of the first things you think of when you envisage Birmingham are the famous canals. In fact, Birmingham has more canals than Venice, with over 100 miles of them you can take your pick on your favourite route. The longer-run takes you all the way out to the Black Country, and if you are looking for something a bit shorter try one of the city centre routes past the mailbox, taking in all the Birmingham’s famous drinking spots on the way. Halfway Prosecco optional, but recommended.
Sutton Park, located just 6 miles north of the city, is one of the UK's largest urban parks, with lakes, wild meadows and plenty of pristine running routes to enjoy. The park has all kinds of running routes, making it great for all levels. Another bonus is the cafes dotted around so you can stop for a refreshment on your way.
Lickey Hills is located just to the south-west of the city and has some more of the challenging routes on offer. If you can handle the steep inclines and tricky terrane you will be rewarded with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside at the top. The perfect place to stop, reflect, and catch your breath before heading back down again.
Edgbaston Reservoir may be a short run in length (just over 2.8km round), but its packed full of beauty on-route. Take in the water and run while you watch the local rowing clubs practise early every morning. An ideal spot for the morning jog, head there on the weekend and enjoy one of Edgbaston's independent eatery's for brunch afterwards.