The Great Bristol Run will return to the city on Sunday 25 September, with thousands of runners taking part across its half-marathon, 10k and Family Run challenges.
This year’s event will also host the second annual Visually Impaired (VI) Runners 10k Challenge – currently the UK’s only dedicated race for blind and partially sighted runners.
Starting and finishing in the heart of the city, the Great Bristol Run takes in some its most iconic landmarks, with the 10k route passing through the vibrant waterfront, Wapping Wharf, Castle Park and the Old City. The half-marathon route also includes the peaceful Avon Gorge and impressive views as it winds under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Runners can look forward to a live start line DJ pumping out a high energy set to help them find their groove for the challenge ahead and timed pacers will be on hand along the route.
A brand new Après Run zone in Millennium Square will be the perfect place for post-race celebrations with family and friends, including food and drink stalls, plus more music to ensure the afterparty continues long past the finish line.
Paul Foster, Chief Executive of the Great Run Company said, “The Great Bristol Run is an inclusive celebration of running. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere on the day, whether runners are there to beat a PB, raise money for charity or just enjoy the experience.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the start line on Sunday.”
There are a number of inspirational runners taking part on Sunday for a variety of reasons. Jeff Daniels is severely sight impaired and is taking part in the VI Runners 10k Challenge. He joined VI Runners Bristol – a running group that allows blind or partially sighted people to run outdoors with the help of a trained guide – soon after the second lockdown ended and credits his new found love of running for turning his life around.
A team of runners will take on the half marathon to raise funds for Bristol charity the 401 Foundation, which has plans for an ambitious new app that will help people find sources of mental health support in their local communities.
Adam Hamilton is hoping to set a new world record by running with a 45kg bergen that represents the heavy burden that many serving and former marines can experience with their mental health, while raising funds for the Royal Marines Charity.
Find out more about the event or join the Reminder Service for the 2023 Great Bristol Run here.