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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.

If you took part in this year's Great Bristol 10k, then why not take the next step and challenge yourself at the half marathon this autumn?


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


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


Click on the links below for your very own free training plan to suit your level:

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?