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Distance Half Marathon
Price £31.20 per entry (early bird discount)
Location Bristol
Date 17 September 2017

Great Bristol Half Marathon

The most recent addition to the Great Run Series, the Great Bristol Half Marathon comes with its own distinguished history. First staged in 1989 and known as the Bristol Half Marathon, the city centre run has become a long-held tradition in the national running calendar. Over 10,000 runners every year make this a must do event with an atmosphere second to none.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2016 Great Bristol Half Marathon... If you'd like to have a go at the 13.1 mile distance why not take advantage of the early bird offer and sign up for next year's event, which takes place on Sunday 17 September 2017?


Please see below for the 2016 event day timetable:

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 race
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

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

The Course


The course starts and finishes in Bristol's historic Harbourside. The scenic, sea-level route takes runners past the Harbourside, out and back along the Portway, through the stunning Avon Gorge, and twice under Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, along Cumberland Road then around the old city before returning to Anchor Road.

The Course

Travel and parking

The event day Park and Ride will be operational for runners, spectators and visitors to the city from Brislington (open 07:00 - 18:00) and Long Ashton (open 07:00 - 15:45).

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

Tickets from Long Ashton

  • Adult return fare is £3 per adult. Up to two children under the age of 16 can travel free of charge with each fare-paying adult. Any additional children are charged at the child return rate of £1.
  • Group tickets are £4, valid on travel for 2 - 7 passengers (adults or children) travelling together.
  • Take a look at the full timetable here >

Tickets from Brislington

  • Adult return fare at Brislington is £3 per adult, £2 per student/young person and £1.50 per child. Two children under the age of 16 can travel free of charge with each fare-paying adult.
  • Standard First West of England tickets are also available for use on the Brislington Park and Ride, including day, week, month, year and multi-journey tickets.
  • There are no group tickets available at Brislington.
  • Brislington (904) will stop at Redcliffe Way, top Tt.
  • Take a look at the full timetable here >
Park and Ride

There will be a rolling program of road closures starting from Anchor Road at 03:00 on Sunday 25 September 2016 in order to ensure a safe running route for the 10,000 runners taking part. All roads should be reopened by 18:00.

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 closures vehicular access will not be possible, unless otherwise stated or pre-agreed.

We appreciate that road closures can cause some inconvenience but your co-operation is greatly 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 or call 0191 226 3257.


Road closures

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 aways 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 25 September, 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


Tow away information

We strongly recommend using the Park and Ride services 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: 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 25 September:

1 – Trenchard Street Entrance from Lodge Street and Trenchard Street - open 24 hrs

2- Rupert Street - open 24 hrs

3- St James Barton - open 24 hrs

4- Cabot Circus Car Park - open 24 hrs (shopping open 11:00 until 17:00)

Car parks


Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Great Bristol Half Marathon must meet the following criteria:

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 37.00
10 mile 51.00 62.00
Half M 69.00 82.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.47.00

Other standards considered:

  • Top 20 placing at National Senior XC Championships
  • Any athletes (Junior/ U23 / Senior) that have represented Great Britain at XC/ road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years will also be offered free elite entry.
Entry Criteria

Prize money will only be awarded to elite athletes not athletes who run fast times from the mass start.

  Men Women
1 £500.00 £500.00
2 £400.00 £400.00
3 £300.00 £300.00
4 Puma Footwear Puma Footwear
5 Puma Footwear Puma Footwear

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite Management reserve the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event. Elite entries for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Prize Structure

Event Location

If ever there was a city with a story to tell, it’s Bristol.  Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has a distinctive identity that outrivals anywhere else. Grounded in roots from centuries past, passionate locals and spirited fans have helped carve out its character ever since.

It’s not hard to see why writers, film directors, artists, actors, scientists, musicians and architects have sought inspiration here.

Famed for its passionate character and its maritime history, and for the acres of parkland and sustainable approach that earned it European Green Capital status, Bristol has created its own distinctive identity.

Year-round festivals, award-winning cycle tracks, gastronomy of every flavour in rejuvenated warehouses and behind secret doorways, stunning cityscapes and awe-inspiring street art, Bristol doesn’t just buzz, it thumps.

Compact enough to get around on foot, yet big enough to boast an exciting line-up of entertainment, Bristol has much to offer.

About Bristol

Club block purchase 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 Half Marathon discounted entry price is £30.40 per entry.

If your club would like to take up this offer please contact putting Bristol HM 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.

How will it be managed?

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 Half Marathon offers:

  • Bristol Aquarium

    £2 off to Bristol Aquarium for all competitors of Bristol Half Marathon 2016 on showing their race number for two weeks following the race. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, family ticket or e-ticket. Photocopies not accepted. This offer has no cash value. Displays, talks and feeding demonstrations are subject to change. Valid until Sunday 9th October 2016.
    Bristol Aquarium
    Anchor Road
    BS1 5TT

  • Mission Burrito

    20% off your food bill for a week after the event on presentation of medal
    62 Park Street
    BS1 5JN

  • 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

  • The Better Food Company

    Free 200ml organic apple juice for runners, valid on the day of the run (25th September) until stocks last.
    1 Gaol Ferry Steps
    Wapping Wharf
    BS1 6WE

  • Icandy Beauty and Boutique

    valid until 18th october Pedicure free leg massage £25.00 neck and back massage £20.00 Foot and leg massage £12.00
    45 High St
    BS1 2AZ
    45 high st

  • Montgomery's Tea Room

    Free glass of bubbly or hot drink with any meal over £5, valid for 1 week before and 1 week after the event
    Next to The Art Warehouse
    Wapping Wharf
    BS1 6UD

  • Slug and Lettuce, Bristol Harbourside

    25% off food and drinks (excluding 2-4-1 cocktails) & 2-4-1 cocktails) all day on presentation of bib number, medal or email of confirmation of entry. Opening early at 8am breakfast, teas and coffees eat in or take away, with 25% off
    Slug and Lettuce Bristol Harbourside
    Explorer Lane

  • The Harbourside Market

    50p off a pint of beer or cider for all runners on presentation of bib number or medal , on the day of the run.
    The Harbourside Market
    1 Canon's Road
    BS1 5TX