The AJ Bell Great Bristol Run returned to the city on Sunday 14 May, with over 12,000 runners of all ages and abilities taking part in the biggest celebration of running in the South West.
The event included 10k and half marathon routes that took in some of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks, stunning views, inspiring history and graffiti murals along the way. To energise both runners and spectators, a live start-line DJ, on-course music zones and post-race celebrations in Millennium Square added to the event’s buzzing atmosphere.
“The AJ Bell Great Bristol Run is always such a fantastic event and it was great to see so many runners take on their individual challenges, with many helping to raise thousands for charity in the process,” said Paul Foster, Chief Executive of the Great Run Company.
“As always, I’d like to thank everyone who took part – whether running, volunteering or spectating – and helping to make this such an enjoyable, inclusive celebration of running that so many look forward to every year.
“And if you’re inspired to take part next year, entries are officially open for 2024’s event!”
Alex Milne of Hercules Wimbledon AC took first place in the men’s half-marathon in 1:08:55, with Morgan Roberts of Herne Hill Harriers taking second in 1:09:27 and Sam Tabberner of Clevedon AC taking third in 01:11:18.
The women’s half-marathon race was won by Charlie Arnell of Milton Keynes Distance in 01:17:00, followed by Annabel Granger of Bristol & West AC in 01:21:59 and Daniella Bailey, also of Bristol & West AC coming in third in 01:22:09.
Chris Thompson won the men’s 10k race in 29:45, while Alex Carter of Team Bath AC came second in 31:24 and James Reeder, also of Team Bath AC, took third in 31:37.
Gemma Steel took first place in the women’s race in 34:09, while Katrina Entwistle of Bristol & West AC came second in 36:11 and Ella Sharrock of City of Norwich Athletic Club crossed the finish line third in 37:19.
The Great Bristol Run also hosted the third annual Visually Impaired (VI) Runners 10k Challenge – the UK’s first dedicated race for blind and partially sighted runners.
Chris Blackabee, who had Bristol’s Mayor Marvin Rees as his guide, won the men’s race in 52:30, with Stuart Francis taking second in 54:12 and Phil Harrison taking third in 55:18.
Agata Cienciala took first place in the women’s race in 50:08, while Rabia Abdul-Hakim came second in 57:22 and Jacqui Cadell took third in 57:25.
The sold-out AJ Bell 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 at the start line to cheer everyone on, offer high fives and plenty of encouragement.
Inspired to take part next year? Entries are now open for the AJ Bell Great Bristol Run 2024, which will take place on Sunday 19 May 2024. For two weeks only, tickets are available at a discounted launch price. Find out more & enter now.