Great Bristol Run

The Run

Bristol’s much-loved running event returned to the city’s streets in 2021, and this year it was all about the comeback!
The Great Bristol Run will be back in 2022, sign up to be notified when entries open.

Event Info

The 2021 Great Bristol Run was an action-packed day of running, and the first time the 10k and Half Marathon events took place on the same day, along with the Great Bristol Family Run.
Well done to everyone who took part, we hope you soaked up the atmosphere and celebrate crossing the finish line!

The Great Bristol Run will be back in 2022!

If you want to be a part of the Great Bristol Run next year, sign up to our reminder service to be notified when entries open.

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We’ve created an exclusive range of Great Run merchandise for 2021, available to buy now from the Great Run shop.

What Our
Runners Say

I truly believe it's all about believing in yourself. My only regret is I didn't do this event years ago.
They come out and give their support 100%
It was amazing to be a part of an event with so many others raising money for charity. The setting and atmosphere is always great!
Macmillan Bristol

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The Route

The 10k and Half Marathon routes showcase some of Bristols best bits! Famous for the buzzing atmosphere & crowd support and iconic music and entertainment zones providing the soundtrack to your run.  New for 2021, the 10k course is now entirely in the city centre, taking in the stunning Queens Square and running past the historic Castle Park.


The Course

For the first time, the half marathon and 10k will take place on the same day. 10k runners will be taken on a slightly different route to half marathon runners at 2 points on the course so please familiarise yourself with the route maps and decision point information below.

10k Route
HM Route
Start & Finish

Decision Points

10k runners will be taken on a slightly different route to half marathon runners at 2 points on the course. Before you set off on your run, please ensure you know the location of  the Decision Points (see course map).

Point one: At approx. 1 mile (on both the 10k and half marathon routes). 10k runners will continue straight on and will not turn right onto The Portway. Half marathon runners will need to keep to the right and turn onto The Portway.

Point two: At approx. 1km before the finish (on both the half marathon and 10k routes). 10k runners will need to continue straight, and half marathon runners will need to go right.

There will be signage along the course to direct you but please ensure you are familiar with the route and don’t necessarily follow the person in front, as they may be doing a different distance to you.

The Reward

The greatest reward in taking part is the sense of achievement as you cross the finish line, but by taking your place on the Great Bristol Run start line, you’re already part of something really special. Great Run events are renowned for being well-organised, safe, and inclusive and the atmosphere and support is always unbelievable.

What You Get

Before the event

We’re here to help you be your greatest, so before the big day you’ll get…

  • Your personal run pack sent to you in the post, with your run number and timing chip
  • Access to training plans to keep you on track
  • Exclusive offers and competitions from our partners and sponsors
  • Support and advice all the way up to event day
  • Regular emails keeping you motivated and moving
  • A huge supportive and inclusive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help you on your running journey

On Event Day

Other than all the good vibes, fitness and mental health benefits you’ll also get…

  • Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route
  • Access to the Great Run information point for any last minute queries (or safety pins)
  • Closed roads offering a safe running environment
  • Food and drink options to refuel
  • A shiny new medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
  • Plenty of medical support all around our routes should you ever need any assistance
  • A huge round of applause as you cross the finish

After the Event

Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…

  • Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event, so smile for the cameras!
  • Your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line
  • Runners Rewards – access to special offers for participants, from our partners and sponsors as a well done.

Make it

If you’d like a special memento from the day, why not purchase your very own iTAB to attach to your Great Bristol 10k or Great Bristol half marathon medal ribbon? You can personalise your iTAB with your name and finishing time.
Just £7.99 including postage and packing.

Exclusive Offers

Take advantage of exclusive offers for Great Bristol Run entrants.

CLIF Training Pack

Building on a successful partnership over the last two years we are delighted to announce the return of CLIF as our official sports nutrition partner…

Electric Vehicle Charging Offer

GeniePoint are excited to offer an exclusive discount on the GeniePoint public network to all runners. As a Great Run Series runner, you can register…

15% off Caring Range

GET 15% OFF our caring range with the code RUNNER15 at checkout on NURSEM.CO.UK Offer valid 13th August to 30th October 2021. Offer cannot be…

Run For Charity

If you are looking to run to raise money for a charity close to your heart or help to support a good cause there are hundreds of charity running places available to choose from.

Great Bristol Run

You may be able to secure a Great Bristol Run charity entry by agreeing to raise sponsorship money for one of our charities below.

Join forces with the team that will get you to the finish line. We're the only ones fighting over 200 cancer . Our life-saving work is funded entirely by the generosity of our supporters, so every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, and every runner. One in two people now survive cancer. Together we've achieved so much, but we won't stop until we've beaten it altogether. Join the team today and we will beat cancer.

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The Bobby Moore Fund was set up in memory legendary footballer Bobby Moore, who sadly died from bowel cancer aged just 51.To date the Bobby Moore Fund has raised over £20 million. The funds are spent on world class bowel cancer research carried out by leading scientists working across the UK. With your support, bowel cancer stands no chance. Let's make Bobby proud and help beat it sooner. Join the Bobby Moore Fund team today.

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Around 2.5 million people are living with cancer in the UK. By 2040, this figure will rise to 5.3 million. With your help we can do more for people living with cancer, giving each person the support they need to look after all that matters and take care of their health, protect personal relationships and deal with work and money worries. We want to help everyone with cancer find their best way through, from the moment of diagnosis, so they’re able to live life as fully as they can. You can be someone who makes that happen. For more details email, call 0300 1000 200 or visit our website.

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Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. We can beat it, but we can’t do it alone.

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We need you to run for us. We need your miles, your energy, your determination to help us find a cure. We know that training for a run isn’t easy. But we need you to beat that snooze button, beat the weather, beat the wall – beat everything that stands between you and the finish line.

Run for us and join the race to beat dementia.

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St Peter's Hospice is the Bristol area's only adult Hospice. We care for local patients with life-limiting illnesses and their family members. Our care is provided free of charge at the point of service, however, it costs over £20,000 a day to provide all the incredible services that we do, in people's homes, at our Hospice in Brentry, and across the greater Bristol community. We rely on our retails shops, gifts in wills and local people to fundraise for us. Running for your Hospice is a great way to support! For more information, visit

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We recognise that it takes more than medicine to meet the needs of cancer patients and their loved ones. For over 40 years we have provided people in Bristol with free practical, emotional and social support they need to improve their quality of life and to manage the fear and uncertainty that a cancer diagnosis may bring. People with cancer are feeling more isolated and afraid than ever before but with your help we can be there for them. By running and fundraising for us, you can ensure our services keep going. Together we can change life with cancer. For good.

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There are also charity places available with:


Empire Fighting Chance

Dexter’s Odyssey

1625 Independent People
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity
RAF Benevolent Fund
The Vegan Society
The Mariposa Trust
Winstons Wish
Women’s Aid
Young Lives vs Cancer

Great Bristol
Family Run

The day of running is not just for grown ups,
why not get your little people involved too in the Great Bristol Family Run.

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