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Gear Up For Great Bristol 10K

Bristol 10K

Looking for a running event to target in 2017? The Great Bristol 10K is ideal for first timers and veterans alike…

As the days get shorter, the urge to hibernate is getting stronger. Staying active can be a challenge in winter, but if you just can’t face one more sweaty spinning class indoors, it’s time to step outside and take a deep breath of fresh air…

If you need the motivation to get out and get active, now is the time to set yourself the goal of the Great Bristol 10K on Sunday 7 May. The popular city centre event is back after a successful first year as part of the nationwide Great Run series. Great Run organise some of the UK’s best-loved events in cities around the UK, including Newcastle’s iconic Great North Run, the country’s biggest running event.

In 2017 12,000 runners are expected to take on the 10km event, which is surely a strong contender for most picturesque course in the country. Starting on Anchor Road near Millennium Square and Bristol Cathedral it runs parallel to historic Bristol Harbour before continuing along the breathtaking Avon Gorge and passing under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The return route takes in Spike Island and the Cumberland Basin before passing the soaring Gothic St Mary Redcliffe, finishing on Anchor Road close to the start line. Here runners can meet up with family and friends and make the most of the bars, restaurants and attractions at the Harbourside.

Bristol 10K

Choose A Well-Lit Route
Well-lit routes are usually the safest, as you can see the road and avoid potential hazards. Running in a well-lit area also gives oncoming traffic the best chance of seeing you well in advance.

Run Against The Traffic
It’s always easier to avoid cars if you can see them coming. Never presume that they’ve seen you. Try to avoid busy roads and those with no hard shoulders or pavements.

Carry Identification
When you’re running in the dark, it’s a good idea to carry your driving license or a form of identification with you. You can also buy ID bands, which have details of an emergency contact and any medical conditions you have.

Run With A Group Or Friend
As well as benefitting your training, running with others means 'safety in numbers'. Try to avoid running alone in the dark but if you have to, tell someone your route and how long you think you will be out.

Run With Your Mobile Phone
If there is an emergency you will be grateful for your phone, especially as there will be fewer people out and about.

Think Twice About Music
When you’re running in the dark, it’s a good idea to have your wits about you. As your vision will be compromised, you will rely more heavily on your hearing. Leave the headphones at home so you are completely aware of potential dangers well in advance.

Great Bristol 10K

Sunday 7 May
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