Things you only see at the Great Bristol Run

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The Great Bristol Run – Sunday 25 September 2022

The South West’s biggest running events are returning to Bristol on Sunday 25 September with the Great Bristol Run. You can expect a day jam-packed with amazing running and an excellent atmosphere with the Great Bristol Family Run, the Great Bristol 10k and, of course, The Great Bristol Half Marathon.

We’ve collated a list of iconic things that are unique to The Great Bristol Run. If you’ve done the route before, or if you’re joining us on the start line for the first time, look out for some of our key moments.

Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension bridge is a defining symbol of Bristol. Situated on the spectacular cliffs of the Avon Gorge, runners can take in the view as they head back to the city centre. Designed in the early 19th century, the bridge draws in thousands of visitors every year. Running underneath this iconic bridge is a moment that is not to be missed.

Queen Square

As you approach the 10 mile mark, runners take a quick lap around Bristol’s Queen Square, a beautiful Georgian park in Bristol’s Harbourside and Old City areas. The square is home to magnificent Georgian townhouses and is steeped in rich history. Soak up the atmosphere as you take in the stunning Great Bristol Run route.

Wallace and Gromit

The Academy Award-winning Aardman Animation Studio is a famous and renowned institution, proudly based in Bristol, known for creating the flagship characters Wallace and Gromit and other famous productions such as Shaun the Sheep, Chicken Run and Flushed Away. The Great Bristol route bypasses the studios so runners can catch a glimpse of the building. The iconic duo, Wallace and Gromit, will also be joining us on the Bristol Family Run start line this year!

The popular Great Bristol Family Run allows budding runners to get a taste for the big event with a 1 mile distance and chance to claim their own finishers medal. The Grand Appeal is the Official Partner of the Great Bristol Family Run and this year, we’re asking runners to wear the wrong trousers for the run – inspired by Aardman’s iconic film! Don’t forget to share your photos with the #GreatBristolRun on the day!

Bristol Aquarium

For those who have completed the Great Bristol Run before, you’ll know that when you see the Bristol Aquarium in the distance you’re nearing the finish line. The Bristol Aquarium, right in the heart of the city, marks the final few metres. The cheering gets louder as you use up your final burst of energy to cross the finish line and celebrate your achievement with a shiny new medal. We’re sure runners, new and old, will be looking forward to this moment!

Bristol Harbourside

The busy Bristol Harbourside is the perfect location to celebrate and relax after completing the Great Bristol Run. This modern dock comes alive on event weekend and you can enjoy the scenery whilst celebrating your success! Don’t forget to snap a photo and share with #GreatBristolRun.

Millennium Square Ball

It’s tradition to capture a medal selfie after you’ve completed the Great Bristol Run at the reflective Millennium Square Ball. We love to see your celebratory medal photos so make sure you share them using the #GreatBristolRun. New for this year, Millennium Square is where our Après Run Zone is located – ensuring the celebrations continue long past the finish line. You can enjoy great music, an electric atmosphere, and food and drink in the company of this iconic Bristol landmark!


We can’t wait for a fantastic day filled with amazing running events, cheering supporters, and great atmosphere for the biggest running event in the South West. Don’t forget to look out for these key sights and share any photos on the day using #GreatBristolRun.


For more information on the event visit here.