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Great Bristol 10k

The Great Bristol 10k, previously known as the runbristol 10k, is an exciting new addition to the Great Run Series.

Largely flat, the route shares much of its course with the half marathon, starting and finishing in Bristol's historic Harbourside, it takes in the stunning Avon Gorge and twice passes under Brunel's famous Clifton suspension bridge.

Whatever your reason for running, maybe you are looking for a fitness challenge or have been inspired to raise money for your chosen charity, this is the event for you! Why not bring the family and make a weekend of it.

Later in the year, if you're looking to up your distance, we will be heading back to the city for the Great Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday 25 September.

The Course

The course will take you under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge with spectacular views along the Avon Gorge before entering the city centre. With an electric atmosphere and famous Bristol welcome, your journey to the finish line will be truly special!  

The Course


Please see below for the 2016 event day timetable:

Time Great Bristol 10k
07:30 Event village opens to public (baggage, toilets and information point)
08:30 Start assembly area opens 
09:12 Warm-up for the Great Bristol 10k starts
09:20 START of the Great Bristol 10k Wheelchair Race
09:30 START of the Great Bristol 10k
12:50 Warm-up for the Great Bristol Family Mile starts
13:00 START of the Great Bristol Family Mile

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event


There will be a rolling program of road closures starting from Anchor Road at 03:00 on Sunday 15 May 2016 in order to ensure a safe running route for the 12,000 runners taking part. All roads should be reopened by 16:00.

Please click here for more details of the route, road closures and diversions >

Roads will be reopened in phases once each section is clear of runners, litter and event infrastructure. During the road closure vehicular access will not be possible. Unless otherwise stated or pre-agreed. We appreciate that road closures can cause some inconvenience but your cooperation would be appreciated in assisting the City of Bristol to host this prestigious sporting event.

For traffic queries, information about road closures and alternative routes please email


Tow away information

For safety reasons, vehicular movement will not be possible during the event and we are also asking residents/ businesses not to park on roads used for the event course during road closure times. Tow away will be in operation on some sections of the roads where parking bays have been suspended and clearly marked. If your vehicle is left in an area affected by the uplift and is towed away on Sunday 15 May, you should contact 0117 903 8070 to establish where it has been moved to, should this happen you will NOT be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice and there will be no charge. 

We apologise for any inconvenience that this event may cause you. Event stewards and course staff will assist traffic, businesses, and residents wherever possible on the day of the event. If you have any questions or queries please contact

Road closures

Event day park and ride will be operational for both runners, spectators and visitors to the city both Brislington and Long Ashton will be open from 07:00 until 15:10. 

Please note: Portway Park and Ride will NOT  be operational on the day of the event.

Ticket options

  • Adult return £3 - up to 2 children can travel for free with each fare paying adult, any additional children are charged at the child return rate of £1. 
  • Group ticket £4 – vaild for travel of 2 - 7 passengers (adults or children) traveling together. 

Long Ashton (903) will stop at Jacob’s Wells Road and Brislington (904) will stop at Redcliffe Way, stop Tt.

Park and Ride

Due to road closures there will be a number of alterations to bus services within the city. Signs at bus stops will indicate the nearest alternative. Please visit for more information.

Bus services


Bristol Airport will be operating as normal but you may need to allow extra time for your journey and take an alternative route. 


Train services will be operating as normal, however please allow additional time to get to and from Bristol Temple Meads railway station. We also recommend checking with national rail enquires should there be any engineering works taking place that may delay your journey.  

Airport & Trains

We strongly recommend that you use the Park and Ride service available, however should you need to travel to the event by car please see the below information regarding city centre car parks or take a look at the car park map.

Please note: that due to road closures your usual route to the car park may not be possible. The following central multi story car parks will be open and accessible to the public on Sunday 15 May 2016:

1 – Trenchard Street
Entrance from Lodge Street and Trenchard Street
Open 24 hrs 

2 – West End 
Entrance from Jacobs Wells Rd and Triangle South
Open 24 hrs 

3- St James Barton 
Open 24 hrs

4- Rupert Street
Open 24 Hrs

5- Cabot Circus
Car Park open 24 Hrs
Shopping Open 11am until 5pm

6-Nelson St
Open 24 hrs

By car


As soon as you cross over the finish line of the Great Bristol 10k you'll be rewarded with your very own lightweight technical training t-shirt to wear with pride!

The Great Run technical t-shirts are 100% texture polyester with improved breathability and “wicking effect" for moisture control.

Exclusive finisher's t-shirt

Club discount

We’re delighted to offer a 20% block-purchase discount on the standard entry fee for members of clubs affiliated to England, Scottish or Welsh Athletics or the British Triathlon Federation. This offer is available to clubs purchasing 20 or more places in an event.

For the 2016 Great Bristol 10K discounted entry price is £22.40 per entry.

If your club would like to take up this offer please contact putting Bristol 10K Club Offer in the subject field and include the following details: Club name and address, plus a name, email address and daytime phone number of one club member who will act as the club ‘administrator’ of this offer. Finally the number of entries the club wishes to purchase. Please read the terms and conditions for this offer, gerneral terms and conditions of entry into a Great Run event also apply.


Block discounts

A nominated representative of the club will be set up as an ‘administrator’ and will be granted access to the Great Run Token Management System.

Payment can be made by BACS, credit/debit card, or by cheque. Great Run Customer Services will be able to advise on the details of each payment option.

Once full payment has been received the entry ‘tokens’ will be released and the club administrator will be able to log onto the Great Run Token Management System and forward individual club colleagues an entry token via email. Each and every runner must click on the link and complete the online entry process in order to secure their entry. Receipt of the token email does not constitute a completed entry.

If athlete names are not yet confirmed, block bookings can be paid for in advance as tokens can be forwarded to individuals at a later date. Additional entries can be brought in multiples of 5 or more.

A benefit to this Token Management System is that you are able to manage your places up to four weeks before the event date. If a runner registers via an entry token but then is unable to run, you can cancel their entry token and issue it to a replacement runner.  This will not be possible once the mail out of race packs has started.

The discount offer will close six weeks prior to the event date. After this point, and if the event is still open for entry, club runners will only be able to enter the race by paying the standard entry price.  Any tokens already bought can still be used up until the event entry deadline.


Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out how to take advantage of the free Great Runners Welcome Here offers linked to your event click here.

Your Great Bristol 10k offers:

  • Nomad Travel Clinic & Store

    10% off vaccinations and 15% off items in the store till 31st Dec 2016
    38 Park Street
    BS1 5JG

  • Slug and Lettuce, Bristol Harbourside

    25% off food and drinks (excluding 2-4-1 cocktails), 2-4-1 cocktails. Valid all day opening early at 8am to serve breakfast and tea/coffee to all participants at 25% discount.
    Slug and Lettuce Bristol Harbourside
    Explorer Lane

  • Pure Gym

    Free 3 day pass using code 'GREATRUN3' at all three Bristol Pure Gym clubs (Bristol Harbourside, Bristol Union Gate & Bristol Barrow Road). Offer valid until 1st January 2017.
    Explore Lane
    BS1 5TY