Great Bristol 10k

If you fancy taking on the Great Bristol 10k in 2020 then you're in luck!  This year's 10k takes place on Sunday 3 May 2020 and is now open for entries! Set yourself a 2020 challenge today... We hope to see you on that start line!

The run numbers will start to arrive with participants approx. 2 weeks prior to the event weekend. They are posted to the address that you entered when you registered for the event. 

We are unable to send run numbers outside of the UK as we cannot guarantee their safe delivery. We will make them available for collection from our information marquee. 

This is your unique number, so only you must wear it on the day. 

Your timing chip is attached to the back of your run number, do not remove or cover the chip (with a jacket, bum bag etc.) as this will affect the accuracy of your time. 

The chip will automatically record the time, so you don’t need to do anything. Your chip doesn’t need to be returned at the end of the run. 

You don’t need to register on the day, once you’ve filled in the back of the run number and attached it to your front (with safety pins) you are good to go, you can go straight to the start assembly area for your start time.


If you're not sure where to start when it comes to training for a 10k, don't worry! We've got free 16 week beginner training plans for you to follow so that you're run-ready for Sunday 3 May. If you'd rather focus on beating a PB, we've got a 12 week improver training plan for you to download free of charge.


We recommend arriving ready to run and leaving any valuables with family or friends. However, if this is not possible participants will be able to leave bags in the baggage-drop area.

Remove the baggage label (which is attached to your run number), fill in the details and secure the label your bag before leaving them in the baggage area.

Please see below for the 2019 event day timetable for reference, the 2020 timetable is TBC:

Time Great Bristol 10k
07:30 Event village opens to public (baggage facility, toilets and information marquee)
08:30 Start assembly area opens 
09:15 START of the Great Bristol 10k wheelchair race
09:17 Warm-up for the Great Bristol 10k starts
09:30 START of the Great Bristol 10k (ORANGE WAVE)
09:41 START of the Great Bristol 10k (WHITE WAVE)
09:53 START of the Great Bristol 10k (RED UNIVERSITY WAVE)
09:58 START of the Great Bristol 10k (GREEN WAVE)
10:05 START of the Great Bristol 10k (PINK WAVE)
10:25 Presentations take place for the Great Bristol 10k
12:30 Assembly area opens for the Great Bristol Family Run
12:42 Warm-up for the Great Bristol Family Run starts
12:45 START of the Great Bristol Family Run

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

Starting on Anchor Road near Millennium Square and Bristol Cathedral it runs parallel to the historic Bristol Harbour before continuing along Avon Gorge and taking in the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. The return route takes in Spike Island and the Cumberland Basin before heading along Prince Street and the Centre, finally finishing on Anchor Road close to the start line so that runners can meet up with family and friends and make the most of the bars, restaurants and attractions at the Harbourside.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Event day park and ride facilities will be operational for both runners, spectators and visitors to the city.

Pick-ups start at 07:00 from Long Ashton and Brislington and will run at regular intervals until 15:00 to Long Ashton and 18:00 to Brislington. Runners will be dropped off at the edge of the road closures, as close as possible to the Event Village. 

Brislington Park and Ride is located on the A4 Bath Road, next to the junction with Stockwood Road. Postcode: BS4 5LR.

Long Ashton Park and Ride is located just off the A370 travelling into Bristol from North Somerset. Postcode: BS3 2HB.

Parking is free, passengers only pay for their travel on the bus. The fares are to be confirmed, 2019 prices can be seen below:

Brislington P&R Off-peak return: Adult £3.50, 16-21 year old student £2.50, Child £1.80 (two children aged 5-15 travel free with each fare paying adult), Group: up to 5 adults travelling together - £10 on the bus or £8 on mTickets.

Long Ashton P&R Off-peak return: Adult £3.50, 16-21 year old student £2.50, Child £1.80 (two children aged 5-15 travel free with each fare paying adult), Group: up to 5 adults travelling together - £10 on the bus or £8 on mTickets.


Park and Ride

The cross harbour ferry service (Number Seven Boat Trips) will be running a free ferry service across the harbour for the 10k to enable people to get over to the SS Great Britain and Spike Island.  The free service will run until 14:00 and after that they’ll be running the service at a reduced rate of 50p per trip. 

Runners and spectators will also be able to travel using Bristol Ferry Boats who will be running consistently throughout the entire event, from Temple Meads, City Centre and Hotwells all day long from 10am until 6pm.

Ferry Service

There will be a number of road closures in place on the day of the event in and around the city to ensure a safe running route for the thousands of runners taking part.

  • Road closures will start from 04:00 on Sunday 3 May
  • The last road closure should open by 16:00
  • During this time pedestrian and emergency service access will be maintained

For traffic queries, information about road closures and alternative routes please click here or email if you have any specific requests relating to your property or business.

You can also keep an eye on the road closures as they happen via our Waze link >

Tow away information
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 away 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 3 May, you should contact 0117 903 8070/0808 164 4654 to establish where it has been moved to.
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. 
Road closures

For local bus services check out as due to road closures there will be a number of alterations to the regular timetable.

Bus services


There are currently no works planned on the railways but you can keep updated here >

Travelling from Temple Meads station

Roadworks are currently underway around Temple Meads station. You can find out more about the roadworks, including road closures and changes to access, on the Temple Quarter website. An overview of roadworks in the area can also be found on Although the council will aim to keep disruption to a minimum, you may need to leave some additional time for your journey when travelling to and through the Temple Meads area.


Bristol Airport will be operating as normal but you may need to allow extra time for your journey and take an alternative route. 

Airport & Trains

We strongly recommend that you use the Park and Ride service 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: that 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 event day.

1- Trenchard Street - Entrance from Lodge Street and Trenchard Street (Open 24 hrs)

2- West End - Entrance from Jacobs Wells Rd and Triangle South (Open 24 hrs) 

3- St James Barton (Open 24 hrs)

4- Rupert Street (Open 24 hrs)

5- Cabot Circus (Car park open 24 hrs, shopping open 11am until 5pm)

6-Nelson St (Open 24 hrs)

By car

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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

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Great Bristol 10K must meet one of the following criteria:

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 38.00
10 mile 51.00 63.00
Half M 69.00 83.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.48.00

Qualifying times must be achieved since January 1st of the previous year.

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 elite free entry

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.

Criteria for Elite Entry

A 15% bulk purchase discount is available for booking for 20 places or more. 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, or sooner if the event capacity is reached. 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.

Discount management

The Great Run Club Challenge is open to UK athletics and running clubs affiliated to their home country athletics association.  Athletes must be registered club members (checks will be made).

Scoring: Four women + Four men.   Winner will be the team with the lowest combined finish time.   Clubs are encouraged to enter as many athletes as possible (athletes must indicate that they are a club member on the online entry form, drop down box).  The first 4 men and first 4 women will be counted

Great Club Challenge

Results from your run can be found by clicking here. Make sure the correct event is highlighted and then you can search by your run number or surname.

Visit the photo section of the website in the days following the run to view your event snaps. You can also download your Free Certificate from this page.

Our official photographers are Marathon Photos.