Thousands Hit the Streets at the Great Bristol Run

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The Great Bristol Run returned to the city on Sunday 25 September, with over 15,000 runners of all ages and abilities taking part.

“It was fantastic to see the streets of Bristol come alive with thousands of runners, each taking on their individual challenges, including many raising much needed funds for charity,” said Andy Graffin, Event Director, Great Bristol Run.

“There’s always a buzzing atmosphere at the Great Bristol Run and I’d like to thank everyone who took part – whether running, volunteering or spectating – for making this the biggest celebration of running in the South West for yet another year.”

Jacob Brockmann of Thames Hare & Hounds took first place in the men’s half-marathon in 01:10:40, with Brett Halliwell taking second in 01:11:21 and Kieran Morris of London Heathside Runners AC taking third in 01:12:00.

The women’s half-marathon race was won by Charlotte Taylor in 01:15:49, followed by Justine Lynch of Stratford-on-Avon Athletic Club in 01:21:44 and Kelly Dicks of Great Western Runners coming in third in 01:22:24.

Tom Merson of Exmouth Harriers AAC won the men’s 10k race in 30:51, while Matthew Rees of Swansea Harriers AC came second in 31:33 and Simon Fox of Exeter Harriers taking third in 31:35.

Helen Gaunt of Tonbridge AC took first place in the women’s race in 35:41, while Lindsay Skinner came second in 36:02 and Lucy Marland of Les Croupiers Running Club crossing the finish line third in 36:05.

The Great Bristol Run also hosted the second annual Visually Impaired (VI) Runners 10k Challenge – currently the UK’s only dedicated race for blind and partially sighted runners.

Darren Westlake and his guide, Russell Forsbrook, won the men’s race in 34:33, with Alex Innes and his guide, Francesco Mattia, taking second in 35:38 and Phil Harrison and his guide, Julia Tysoe, taking third in 45:48.

Kelly Barton and her guide, Mike Leatherbarrow, took first place in the women’s race in 43:13, while Rehnaz Kahn and her guide, Tigerlilly Lee, came second in 48:30 and Teresa Cryer and her guide, Jane Livingstone, took third in 49:51.

The Great Bristol Family Run saw over 400 kids and adults run a mile-long course with entrants as young as three years-old completing the challenge and earning a very special finisher’s medal.  Wallace & Gromit, supporters of the Grand Appeal, the dedicated charity for Bristol Children’s Hospital, were the famous faces on the Family Run start line, cheering runners on their way and joining the celebrations on the finish line.

Runners at this year’s Great Bristol Run were spurred on by more than fifteen on course music zones, charity cheering zones, and a brand new Après Run zone in Millennium Square to ensure the celebratory atmosphere continued long past the finish line.

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