Entries close two weeks before the run so sign up to be your greatest. To enter, visit: GreatRun.org/Bristol

On Sunday 15 September more than 10,000 people will take to the streets of Bristol for the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon.

From charity fundraisers to club runners, and those looking to smash their personal best the event welcomes participants of all abilities. And whether a new runner or building up to a longer distance anyone can be their greatest on this 13.1 mile course that makes the most of Bristol’s picturesque backdrop.

If you are thinking of signing up or have been raring to go for months, here are 10 things you can expect on the day.

1)            A stunning route

The Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon is well-known among Bristolians and takes in some of the city's most famous landmarks, such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the vibrant waterfront and the hustle and bustle of Millennium Square. Be sure to smile for the cameras as you pass under the bridge twice!

2)            A huge warm up

At the assembly area on Anchor Road you can warm up warm-up with 10,000 others! The sight of a huge crowd waving their arms to motivational music is one not to miss. The warm-up begins at 9.16am.

3)            Pacers!

If you’re looking to make it to the finish line in a particular time the half marathon has a team of 11 pacers who will be on hand to help you achieve your goal. There’ll be pacers from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on your wave.

4)            On course entertainment

With 10 music points along the route you’re sure to be entertained during your challenge. We have a host of musicians from across the region, here’s a sample of a few of the musicians you can expect to hear:

RSVP Bhangra drummers at 1.5 and 6.5 miles

African Sambista drumming at 7 miles

Children’s Hospice South West cheer point and DJ at 9.5 miles (outside the Shakespeare Pub)

Batala samba drumming in Castle Park at 11 miles

Drumming runners at mile 12

Singer Danny white and his band at 12.7 miles.

5)            The turnaround

Runners will go along Portway until they reach the edge of Shirehampton Golf Course, at which point they double back towards the city centre surrounded by the gathering crowds.

6)            The finish line feeling

Crossing the finish line on Anchor Road to cheering crowds and that feeling of elation, exhaustion and joy as you complete your 13.1 mile challenge.

7)            Post run massage

Head to the event village in Millennium Square where Simplyhealth will be offering pre-booked massages to help your muscles recover.

8)            Tasty treats

Millennium Square will also be packed with exhibitors and sponsors, offering treats and freebies to runners. Expect samples from the likes of Clif Bar, Special K, Nandos, Brecon Carreg and John West to name a few!

9)            Charities in the Event Village

If you’re running for a particular cause, or just want to pay a visit to find out more, there’ll be a host of national and local charities in Waterfront Square. The Grand Appeal, St Peter’s Hospice and Winston’s Wish are all part of this year’s charity village.

10)          The Post-Run Bling

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of putting on your exclusive medal and finisher’s T-shirt that you collect once you’ve crossed the line.


Entries close two weeks before the run so sign up to be your greatest. To enter, visit: GreatRun.org/Bristol