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Distance Half Marathon
Price £39 per entry
Location Bristol
Date 17 September 2017
Age 17 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon

The most recent addition to the Great Run Series, the Simplyhealth 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.

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 Simplyhealth 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

Bristol is one of seven European cities to be awarded the annual title of European City of Sport.

European City of Sport will bring together the best of what the city is already doing to support and celebrate sport with additional events or campaigns for 2017.

Across Bristol there are a wide array of groups and organisations involved in delivering sports to local people and communities, and the aim is for everyone to work together throughout the year to highlight opportunities for everyone to get involved.

Cities are judged on their sporting facilities, residents' level of participation, the success of local teams and sporting events.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “We want to use our year as a European City of Sport as a platform to talk about how we can improve Bristol as an international sporting destination and help make sport more accessible for people who live here.

“Whilst we are proud to be one of the cities with the highest participation rates in sport and active recreation there is still plenty that we can do to improve our international sporting profile, make sure that we local people have access to facilities and making sure that everyone is able to take part.

“Not only is sport and being active a great way of improving our physical health but it has also been proven to improve our general mental wellbeing.”

Councillor Estella Tincknell, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am delighted to welcome the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon back to the city during our year as a European City of Sport.

"The race is a highlight in our sporting calendar and is growing in popularity year on year. It's great to see so many inspirational athletes already showing their support for this year's event, I hope their participation will inspire others to sign up and take on the challenge.

“Sport has so many important roles to play in our city. It's the activity that helps maintain and improve our health, the unifying bond that brings communities together and it provides opportunities for people, particularly children and young people, to learn and develop skills that will help them towards future success.

"I hope that by hosting events such as the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k we can all share in the benefits that sport has to offer.”

A list of sport and activity clubs from every ward in the city can be found here.

Bristol European City Of Sport 2017

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 the event.

For the 2017 Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon the discounted entry price is £31.20 per entry.

If your club would like to take up this offer please contact and include the following details: Club name and address, plus a name, email address and daytime phone number of the club ‘administrator’ of this offer. Finally, please state the number of entries the club wishes to purchase.

Please read the terms and conditions for this offer, general terms and conditions of entry into a Great Run event also apply. 

Club 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 and tokens can be forwarded to individuals at a later date. Additional entries can be brought in multiples of 5 or more.

A benefit of this Token Management System is that you are able to actively manage your places up to four weeks before the event date. If a runner registers via an entry token but is subsequently unable to run, you can cancel their entry token and re-issue it to a replacement runner.  Please note this will only be possible up until 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 still 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?