18 Jun

Is it to time to graduate to Great Bristol Half Marathon?

runners heading towards Clifton Suspension Bridge

13,000 runners completed the west of England's flagship race, the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10K in May. Now a large percentage of those finishers are upping their game and getting the summer miles in ahead of the second half of the Great Bristol double, the half marathon on 15 September.

Hundreds of charity runners – including Stephanie Wheen supporting a Bristol charity that wants to set up a leisure facility for disabled kids and their families – will join top club runners and thousands of recreational runners for an event that is the highlight of the autumn calendar.

Last year it was Cardiff AC pair Matt Clowes (1:05:10) and Clara Evans (1:16:26) who led the big field home in fast times despite the fact that Storm Bronagh made an untimely appearance on race day.

Again in 2019 a big attraction of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon will be an iconic  course which takes runners under the dramatic Clifton Suspension Bridge with spectacular views along the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harbourside.

Organisers promise an electric atmosphere and music at 10 points along the course plus big crowds cheering runners on through the final miles to the city centre finish. The music on course includes a steel band, drumming bands, all the way through to a musical quartet. There'll also be two showers and four drinks stations, including a gel station from the event's energy partner Science in Sport. You can also expect great post-race care from the Simplyhealth team at the massage and stretch zones.

Anyone aiming to complete the half marathon in a specific time or who is looking for a personal best can also follow the pacers, in each of the four waves, who are helping runners #runforlonger. In the slower waves the pacers will be provided by This Mum Runs, the network of running mums that was started by Bristol-based Mel Bound.

One Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10K finisher Nick Bowles has an eye on the big Bristol double. He messaged: "PB at 10k and now can't wait to do the half marathon." Nick and thousands of others will be hoping the poor June weather gives way to brighter days, some decent long runs and the opportunity to test themselves across Bristol's scenic 13.1 miles in September.

Find out how you can join the fun at the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon at the Great Run website.