We are closely monitoring the developments with COVID-19 and will continue to take the advice of the UK government around the staging of large public events.

At present the Great Bristol Half Marathon is scheduled to go ahead as planned, but we will assess over the coming weeks and update participants as a priority if anything changes.

We understand the commitment and dedication you make when you enter one of our events and we would not take any decision to cancel or postpone lightly. We love delivering our events and we work hard to make sure our participants can enjoy them in a safe and happy environment.

In the meantime we want to reassure you all that we are keeping in close contact with Public Health England. If circumstances dictate that we must cancel any of our events everyone who had entered would be entitled to a refund.

Great Bristol Half Marathon

This year's Great Bristol Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 27 September and entries are open. Everything you need to know before the event will be published here. We'll see you on the start line!

Please see below for the 2019 event day timetable for your reference. The 2020 timetable is still TBC

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

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

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.


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! 

For a PDF version of the map, click here >>

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Take on the Strava Last Mile Challenge at the Great Bristol Half Marathon!

Prepare to be your greatest Bristol, because we’ve got a special challenge for you.

Bristol is well known for its scenic route and vibrant community, but did you know of all of the Great Run events in the UK, it’s Bristol that has the fastest average finishing times? To celebrate your reputation for finishing strong, we’re working with Strava to bring their Last Mile Challenge to the Great Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday 15th September.

The challenge is to make the last mile of your half marathon the fastest of your whole run. Every runner has their own goals, but when the homestretch comes into view, we all dream of the same thing.  It’s not about beating the runner next to you – it’s about challenging yourself to finish strong.

If you don’t have a Strava account yet, be sure to register before the big day and track your race to be part of the Last Mile Challenge. Everyone who does this, and everyone whose last mile split is their fastest will receive a special* free trial subscription to Strava Summit. Strava Summit will help you to track your runs, set goals and stay motivated, share your location and connect to other devices.  

All successful last mile challenge participants will be entered into a draw with a chance of winning the ultimate runner prize:

Entry into The Great North Run in 2020 (the 40th staging of the event), a Garmin Forerunner 645 Music, £100 voucher for Sports Shoes, and 1 year free subscription to Strava Summit!

The Last Mile segment of the Great Bristol Half Marathon is already live on Strava so you can try it out now. Remember, your last mile just needs to be faster than your other 12, so if it’s a warm day, or you’re just not feeling it, listen to your body and adjust your target so that’s its right for you.

While you’re on Strava, why not join the Great Bristol 10k & Half Marathon Club and see how you’re doing against your competition!

Strava Last Mile Challenge

If you're travelling to the event by bicycle then take a look at this handy website that will help you plan your route and find bike parking. Please note: Bike parking will be limited so we recommend arriving early. Bike racks are not monitored by Great Run so are left at your own risk.

Better by bike >


By bike

There will be a number of road closures in order to facilitate the safe delivery of the event. For an up to date road closure map please take a look at the Waze link here >

For traffic queries, information about road closures and alternative routes please email, 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

Park and Ride

Pick-ups start at 7.00 am from Long Ashton and Brislington and will run at regular intervals until 3.00 pm to Long Ashton and 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 Soemrset. Postcode: BS3 2HB

Parking is free, passengers only pay for their travel on the bus. The fares are:

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 £10 (up to 5 adults travelling together). 

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 £10 (up to 5 adults travelling together). 

You can find the park and ride map here >

Park & Ride

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

By train

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

By car

For local bus services check out 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 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 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.

Elite Entry Criteria

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.