For more information about the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k and to enter, visit: Greatrun.org/Bristol10k
With the longer evenings comes the ideal opportunity to get out and about in Bristol. If you’re looking to get a new perspective of the city, why not experience it through a runner’s eyes?
The Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k is taking place in the city on Sunday 5 May and exploring the city on foot either solo for that much needed headspace or with a running group can be a great way to get acquainted with your surroundings ahead of event day.
The 10k starts in the hustle and bustle of the city centre before the 13,000 runners head out alongside the Harbourside, through the stunning backdrop of the Avon Gorge and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
You’ll then return to the city centre to complete your challenge. If you’re thinking about signing up for your own challenge, or you’re looking for new areas to explore during your 10k training, here are some of the best places to run around the city in preparation, according to some Bristol-based influencers.
Aaron Seldon – Aka @BristolRunner:
1) Bristol Downs Loop
This is the pace to be on the weekend before 12pm. It's always awash with morning runners wanting to take in the fresh air.
The Downs is a 5k loop of the greenest grass in Bristol. With panoramic views stretching the Avon valley, this is the perfect place for some speed work too as it's pancake flat.
2) The Tow Path
Do you want a longer run where you can feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A place where you’re only likely to see runners, walkers and cyclists?
The Tow Path is the place to go.
It's a path that runs along the River Avon, on the opposite side of the Portway. You can see the traffic but you can’t really hear it which is a rarity in a city.
As it's an out and back route, you can go for as long or as short as you wish.
Don't forget to look up as you will be passing under the Clifton Suspension Bridge, it’s the perfect spot for a selfie!
Gareth Mills, UK Country Manager at Strava:
3) The Harbourside Loop
This 5k loop starts and finishes at the M-Shed Museum on the waterfront. It's a simple three mile route that really shows off Bristol’s maritime heritage and perfect if you work in the city and want to fit in exercise around your job.
You can tick off some of the city’s landmarks like Brunnel's SS Great Britain and the Redcliffe Cathedral.
This route can get a little busy, especially on lunch times, so follow the water and keep it on your right side.
4) Cabot Tower Extension
If you feel like running further than 5k, extend the Harbourside Loop to Cabot Tower and enjoy the best view of the city from this spot. This route also includes Brandon Hill, which is a good way of including a tougher segment into your running.
If you’re really feeling ambitious, you can actually climb the tower as well. The views are worth the climb!
Mel Bound, founder of This Mum Runs:
5) Ashton Court Estate
We are so lucky in Bristol to be in a city that is surrounded by green. We have so much choice on our doorstep. I have enjoyed running around Ashton Court for around 15 years as there are so many hidden paths that it’s so easy to find a new route each time.
It’s a great place to feel one million miles away from the city even though you can see the whole of Bristol.
6) The Portway
Try the out-and-back section of the Simpyhealth Great Bristol 10k route under the Clifton Suspension Bridge ahead of event day. It’s a great opportunity to do a recce to settle any pre-event nerves.
Although it may seem endless on a dark morning, on event day it’s packed full of supporters and you’ll have the opportunity to give your fellow runners a high-five on the way back.
Bristol, Be your Greatest. For more information about the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k and to enter, visit: Greatrun.org/Bristol10k