Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon

The 2019 Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon is now open. Sign up now to take advantage of the £35 Early Bird offer available for the first 500 entries (£40 standard price). 

Closer to the time we'll start to update all of the information you need ready for event day. 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

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 2018 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)
09:38 START of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon (WHITE WAVE)
09:46 START of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon (GREEN WAVE)
09:54 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

Travel Information

There will be a number of road closures in order to facilitate the safe delivery of the event. Please review our guide to road closures here to ensure it doesn't impact your travel to and from the event.

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

You can view the waze map here for live traffic information.

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 23 September, you should contact 0117 903 8070 to establish where it has been moved to, should this happen you will NOT be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice and there will be no charge. 

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 7.00am from Long Ashton and Brislington and will run a regular intervals until 3.00pm 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 Somerset. 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, 16-21 year old student £2, Child £1.50 (two children aged 5-15 travel free with each fare paying adult) Group: up to 5 adults travelling together £8.

Long Ashton P&R Off-peak return: Adult £3, 16-21 year old student £2, Child £1.50 (two children aged 5-15 travel free with each fare paying adult) Group: up to 5 adults travelling together £8.

Click to view Park and Ride information map.

Park & Ride

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 23 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)

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 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.

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

Due to engineering works by Network Rail there will be Engineering work linked to electrification will take place around Bristol Parkway for three weeks from Saturday 15 September to Saturday 6 October – including weekdays. During this time, no trains will call at Bristol Parkway and connecting coaches will run to Patchway, Yate and Filton Abbey Wood. For more information visit

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.

By train


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 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

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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