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Round out the summer running season with this half marathon through the heart of Bristol. The course sees runners wind along the scenic Avon Gorge and past Clifton Suspension Bridge, all the while being supported by cheering crowds and music. Come for the finisher's medal and goody bag.

Review summary

15 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Darren W
"Tin of fish in good bag not popular with me. First 6miles up the portway and..."


Pete C
"Well organised, big city marathon. Quick course. Some small hills but unless..."


"Brilliant event in a brilliant city - I run it every year! Super well..."
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How to enter the Great Bristol Run

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    Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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Great Bristol Run route



The course will take runners under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge with spectacular views along the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harbourside before entering the city centre.

With an electric atmosphere and music at 10 points along the course as well a cheer point from Children’s Hospice South West,  your journey to the finish line will be truly special!


Terrain - Road

Distance - 13.1 miles

Ascent - 1043 ft, Longest Uphill 0.72km (at 5.76km), Steepest Uphill +23.3% (at 3.06km)

Descent - 1040 ft, Longest Downhill 1.35km (at 0.90km), Steepest Downhill - 25.% (at 3.24km)

Calories Burned - 1505 Kcal

Difficulty - Easy


There will be a number of road closures in order to facilitate the safe delivery of the event.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Chip timing
  • closed roads
  • Finisher's t-shirt
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Goodie bag
  • Marshalled
  • Signed Route
  • Race photography
  • Water stations
  • Aid stations
  • Bag drop facilities
Raceday Logistics


Your run number will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before and we’ll be in touch by email to keep you up to date with everything you need to know.


07:30 Event village opens to public (baggage, toilets and information point)

08:30 Start assembly area opens

09:15 START of the Great Bristol Half Marathon wheelchair and visually impaired event

09:16 Warm-up for the Great Bristol Half Marathon

09:30 START of the Great Bristol Half Marathon (ORANGE WAVE)

09:38 START of the Great Bristol Half Marathon (WHITE WAVE)

09:46 START of the Great Bristol Half Marathon (GREEN WAVE)

09:54 START of the Great Bristol Half Marathon (PINK WAVE)

11:00 Presentations for the Great Bristol Half Marathon


There will be a race photographer at the finish line.

Kit List

Bring your normal running kit!


All spectators welcome


No volunteers required


Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Bristol 10k start?
Exact timings for the 2020 race have not yet been announced. In 2019 the wheelchair race set off first at 9.15am, with the first wave of runners starting at 9.30am. The last family race started at 12.45pm.
Where does the Bristol 10k start?
The race starts from Anchor Road, near the event village which is located in Millenium Square. Runners can leave baggage at the event village, and there will also be toilets here.
Can you sign up for the Bristol 10k on the day?
No, there will not be entries available on the day. This is a popular event so make sure you sign up early to avoid disappointment.
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Great Bristol Run weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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The Great Run Company are ranked #7 in the UK out of 241 organizers

The Great Run Company is a United Kingdom events company specialising in the development, design, organisation and rights management of mass participation and televised sporting events. They most notably organise the Great North Run, Great South Run and Great Manchester Run annually.

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Great Bristol Run reviews (15)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Tin of fish in good bag not popular with me. First 6miles up the portway and back not really that interesting.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Well organised, big city marathon. Quick course. Some small hills but unless you’re looking for something pancake flat it’s great for a PB.
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    Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Brilliant event in a brilliant city - I run it every year! Super well organised, amazing crowd support and an awesome route. It's such an amazing atmosphere running back into the City and hearing the booming music down the home stretch. Can't wait for 2019!
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    Mo Farooq

    Did the Half Marathon in 2016

    This was one of 4 10k races I ran within May 2016. The Bristol 10k offered stunning scenery as you run along the river Avon. It was a hot Sunday morning so the volunteers were well on top with keeping things cool with water (mind the pun). A challenging course too with uphill early on to keep runners on their toes. The atmosphere was awesome too with plenty turning out in Bristol to cheer the thousands marching on. Would love to do this race again next year to push for another PB and another super medal & goody bag.
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    Emma C

    Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    This race has become a tradition for me and my mum. It was our first 10k and we loved it so much we keep coming back.
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    Louise M

    Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Good communication through email with training schedules for range of abilities sent at appropriate time. Race pack informative with useful details and timings and facilities mapped out. Spacious event village in central location with parking and public transport options near by. Well supported at turn around at extreme end of course as well as in city centre. Live music and samba band lift you when you need it. Families cheering and handing out sweets. Well managed after finish to guide you through to collect goody bag with medal, t-shirt and vouchers for local beer and food voucher for Waggamamas. I have completed the course every year since 2011 and intend to keep coming back!
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    Deb G

    Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Despite awful weather at the start this was a great event. The start was well managed so that you were spread out sufficiently to be able to avoid weaving round others or being held up, which was great compared to somewhere like Cardiff Half. Superb organisation all round, great on course support, and lots of iconic Bristol scenery. Loved it!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    I have done three Bristol 10k races. Love it ❤️❤️❤️ and definitely going to do a few more. Also, planning to sign for Bristol Half Marathon 2020 🤞Great atmosphere and scenery, well organised, supportive and friendly crowd, love each of my medals 🥇
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    Martin P

    Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Great organisation and a lovely course. Cant fault the support out on the course, particularly around the city.
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    Did the Half Marathon in 2017

    Done this run 2 years a go, enjoyed the run but was very disappointed with the park and ride to the event !! All ok going, as they dropped us off , but when we went to be picked up after the event,we waited ages for a bus then was told it picks as up somewhere else in the town !! Was not told about this at the time, couldn’t find it in town asking everybody, couldn’t even get a taxi back to the car park , ended up walking back which took as ages as we didn’t know where we were going ; just what you need after running a Half marathon , have not done this run again just because of Lack of communication
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