Great Bristol Run

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Featuring breathtaking views of Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge, this flat and fast 10k and Half Marathon is the perfect event for runners of all abilities. You can show off your hard summers work and go for a PB, or to take your time enjoying the buzzing atmosphere.
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Where and when
Location
Grosvenor Casino, 266 Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT, UK
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Races summary
Here's what races are available for Great Bristol Run
Family Mile
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1mi
£12.00
10k
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10km
£34.00
Half Marathon
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13.1mi
£44.00
Route information
The Great Bristol Run is an iconic race in the British running calendar, with the exciting route taking in the very best the city has to offer. Runners will race along the vibrant waterfront, follow the stunning Avon Gorge and pass the spectacular Clifton Suspension Bridge.
The flat and fast course is appropriate for runners of all abilities, so anyone can come and soak up the buzzing atmosphere created by the thousands of runners, music on course, and the entertainment zones every mile.
With two distances available, the on-course entertainment and the exciting scenery makes this event is a must for runners of all abilities. So come along to embrace the challenge and soak in the wonderful race day atmosphere.
Family Mile
The Family Mile takes place on the same day as the Half Marathon and 10k, making this an exciting day for the whole family.
Children will get a medal they can show off to their friends and edible treats when they cross the finish line! Not only that, there will also be spot prizes for the best fancy dress!
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • Goodie bag
  • Chip-timed results
  • Closed roads
  • Marked and marshalled routes
  • Live tracking
  • Food and drink stations
  • Medical support on course
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10k Finisher's Medal
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10k Finisher's Medal
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How to get there
Grosvenor Casino, 266 Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT, UK
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By Car
The race starts on Anchor Road in the centre of Bristol. The city can be accessed from the M5 or the M4. Parking will be available at the following locations:
  • Trenchard Street – Entrance from Lodge Street and Trenchard Street (Open 24 hrs)
  • St James Barton (Open 24 hrs)
  • Rupert Street (Open 24 hrs)
  • Cabot Circus (Car park open 24 Hrs, shopping open 11am until 5pm)
  • Nelson St (Open 24 hrs)
By Train
Bristol Temple Meads Station and Clifton Down Station are both approximately 1.5 miles walk from the race start.
Event day logistics
07:30 Information points open
Start waves from 08:45
08:45 Family Run starts
09:00 Orange Wave starts
09:30 White Wave starts
10:00 Green Wave starts
10:30 Red Wave starts
11:00 Blue Wave starts
Start Times
Your start time and wave allocation will be based on your estimated finish time when you enter. You can determine what wave you are in by looking at your race number, which you will receive in your race pack.
The background colour of the race number and letter will determine which zone runners are in. Full details of wave assembly points and start times can be found in your race pack and in the information guide which can be downloaded from the event page on the website.
You should arrive 30 minutes before your designated wave start time.
Age Requirements
All runners must be 15 and older to enter the 10k event and 17 and older to enter the Half Marathon.
Race Pack
Your race pack will be sent out in the post approximately 2 weeks before the event, it will include your race number and your timing chip.
Once you have received your race pack, you must read all the information as this is important preparation and will make sure you enjoy your day.
You do not need to register on the day.
There will be Great Run Information points on the day for if you have any last minute queries.
If your race pack doesn't arrive please contact the organiser at [email protected]ExternalLink who can verify your entry and give you details on how to collect a replacement pack on race weekend.
Sweep Vehicle
There are no cut-off times but there is a sweep vehicle as the organiser is under pressure to open the closed roads.
This travels at a 17-minute mile pace. If you fall behind this vehicle you will be asked to complete the remainder of the course on the pavement.
Family Mile
The Family Mile is open to anyone over the age of 3.
Bag Drop
You will find bag drop in the Bristol Amphitheatre, south of Millenium Square. The what3word address: marble.beside.locals. The baggage area will not be covered so depending on weather, items may get wet so you are encouraged to bring a waterproof bag.
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The Great Run Company
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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Spectator Info
Supporters will have access to the free Great Run app so your loved ones can track your progress along the route.
FAQ's
What time does the Great Bristol Run start?
Your start time and wave allocation will be based on your estimated finish time when you enter. You can determine what wave you are in by looking at your race number, which you will receive in your race pack.
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Can I wear headphones while I run at the Great Bristol Run?
Yes, the roads will be closed off for the event. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings though, for your safety.
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Where can I find my results from the Great Bristol Run?
Results will be uploaded to the event website here: https://www.greatrun.org/results after the race.
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When will I receive my race pack for the Great Bristol Run?
Your race pack will be sent out in the post approximately 2 weeks before the event, it will include your race number and your timing chip.
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Do I need to register on the day of the race at the Great Bristol Run?
No, you do not need to register on the day. Please make sure you read all the information you receive in your Race Pack.
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Is there somewhere I can go on the day if I have a query at the Great Bristol Run?
Yes! There will be Great Run Information points on the day for if you have any last minute queries.
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Reviews
4.9
23 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
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5.0
Did the 10k Wheelchair Race in 2019
A great experience that must be tried by anyone who likes to run! Fast & flat, it's ideal for achieving that p.b.! Great views of the city as we pass under Brunel's world famous Suspension Bridge and then back along the Portway and back in towards the centre from the other side of the river. One of my favourite 10k courses and I look forward to returning next year. But not before experiencing the Bristol half next month!
N Long
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
This was my first 10k. The support from the crowds really helped. I ran another 10k a week later with hardly any support and really struggled. They keep you going at all times.It was well organised, and the massage tent afterwards was most welcome as my legs nearly gave up. Stewards were brilliant and the overall atmosphere was amazing.
Lee c
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Great run done it twice and looking forward to next year highly recomended for new runners really flat with i coulple of small inclines
Hannah H
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Great race, my first in almost 6 years. Incredible atmosphere and the crowds really keep you going. Thought the Portway section would be a bit boring, but it was actually my favourite part. Can't wait to run it again next year
Richard W
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2018
I've been doing the Bristol 10k most years since 2011 (unless it clashes with a triathlon). One my favourite events to participate in!!! Very well organised and with so many people it has to be!!! Always recommending others to give it a go!
Cat H
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
I’ve done the Great Bristol 10k twice now and will do it again. I love it. Great atmosphere, wonderful organisation and people. Can’t wait for next year!
Melanie V
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4.7
Did the 10k in 2019
Overall I enjoyed the Bristol 10K. Only thing I thought could've been better was ensuring everyone got to fo a warm up, not just the first wave of runners. Loved the atmosphere and the various types of music around the course.
Deborah B
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Great atmosphere, nice flat run, fab places to eat afterwards, will enter next year . Have run the 10k at Bristol twice now.
Carol w
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4.3
Did the 10k in 2019
Great atmosphere, thoroughly enjoyed, holding pens were a bit disorganised. .. but did not affect it
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
the event was extremely well organised with helpers spaced around to answer any questions or problems i had. i really enjoyed my first experience of the 10k and had a really great time. the route was very well planned and a great route and i dont really have any advice for others apart from to just enjoy yourself!!
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Claire Wilmot
04/05/2019
My son is running this tomorrow..his first race..how does he fix his numbet on?
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