THOUSANDS of runners descended on Bristol today for the Great Bristol 10K and the brand new Family Mile.
Fun runners, fundraisers and club athletes were sent on their way by Bristol Rugby’s, Mitch Eadie and captain of the Bristol Flyers basketball team Greg Streete who were accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Clare Campion-Smith.
Participants enjoyed the picturesque course in the sunshine as they passed Bristol Harbour, Avon Gorge and the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. Huge numbers of supporters and spectators lined the final kilometre on Anchor Road to cheer on the triumphant runners as they completed the challenge.
First across the line was Toby Spencer of Coventry Godiva Harriers in 30:47, followed by Rob Samuel of Eryri Harriers in 30:54 with local runner Tom Merson of Bristol and West AC taking third place in 31:18.
The Women’s race was won by Rachel Felton of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers in 34:16 followed by Ruth Barnes of Avon Valley Runners in 34:48 and Emma Macready in 36:03.
The Family Mile saw 500 young runners and their parents take part, with honorary starters Wallace and Gromit from The Grand Appeal at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Fundraiser Victoria Collins and her son Edward, 3, who have raised more than £2,700 for the charity in just a few weeks, joined the popular characters.
The event was organised by The Great Run Company in partnership with Bristol City Council.
Andy Graffin, Director of Product Development at the Great Run Company, and project manager of the Great Bristol 10k said, “It’s been an absolutely fantastic day in Bristol, well done to everyone who took part.
“The Family Mile was a great addition, and it was brilliant to have so many spectators all around the course.
“Hopefully we’ll see lots of those who ran today back again at the Great Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday 25 September.”