Distance: Half Marathon
Date: 15.09.2019
Minimum age: 17 years old and over
Entry Price: £40 per entry

Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon

If you’re already entered, read on for all the information you’ll need for the big day.
Your run number will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before and we’ll be in touch by email to keep you up to date with everything you need to know.
In the meantime if you have any questions just get in touch with our customer services team, who will be happy to help.

The course will take runners under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge with spectacular views along the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harbourside before entering the city centre.

With an electric atmosphere and music at 10 points along the course as well a cheer point from Children's Hospice South West,  your journey to the finish line will be truly special! 

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Please see below for the 2019 event day timetable for your reference:

07:30 Event village opens to public (baggage, toilets and information point)
08:30 Start assembly area opens 
09:15 START of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon wheelchair and visually impaired event
09:16 Warm-up for the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon
09:30 START of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon (ORANGE WAVE)
09:41 START of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon (WHITE WAVE)
09:51 START of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon (GREEN WAVE)
10:03 START of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon (PINK WAVE)
11:00 Presentations for the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon

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

Network Rail are carrying out some work on the route between Bristol Parkway and South Wales affecting anyone travelling towards Bristol from Bridgend, Cardiff Central, Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction or Patchway.  

Replacement buses/coaches will be running between Bristol Parkway and Bridgend on the Saturday (14 Sep) as well as the Sunday (15 Sep) to enable customers to complete their journeys.  

If you are travelling from South Wales to Bristol by train please note that replacement road transport is normally slower than a train service, so please allow extra time for your journey. 

Otherwise, there’s no engineering work planned affecting services into Bristol Parkway or Bristol Temple Meads from London, Birmingham, or the South West.  

More information about the work being done can be found at GWR.com/Electrification.

By train

There will be a number of road closures in order to facilitate the safe delivery of the event. Please keep reviewing this section of the website to keep up to date with further road closure information that will be added in due course. 

For traffic queries, information about road closures and alternative routes please email travelbristol@greatrun.org, or click here for more details.

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 15 September, you should contact 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

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 Sunday 15 September:

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)

For all traffic and travel queries, information about road closures and alternative routes please email travelbristol@greatrun.org.

By car

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

By bus

The cross harbour ferry service (Number Seven Boat Trips) will be running a free ferry service across the harbour for the half marathon 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.

For more information click here >

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.

Keep up to date with their travel service here >

By ferry

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

By air

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 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 after the 1st January 2016.

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 elite@greatrun.org 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.

Elite Entry Criteria

Prize money is available for Britsth athletes at this event 

Position Women  Men
1st  £200 + entry in 2019 event £200 + entry in 2019 event
2nd  £100 + entry in 2019 event £100 + entry in 2019 event
3rd  £50 + entry in 2019 event £50 + entry in 2019 event
4th  6 month Athletics Weekly Sub 6 month Athletics Weekly Sub
5th  6 month Athletics Weekly Sub 6 month Athletics Weekly Sub


Prize Structure

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

Position Club Team
1st  £400 + 8 entries into 2019 event
2nd  8 free entries into 2019 event


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