Wednesday, 29, July 2015

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The Bristol

Written by
Nicola Brady

Taking Part in The Bristol Half Marathon?

Runners atbout to start the Bristol Half Marathon


Here we’ve put together some handy tips around the run itself, training routes that will get you acquainted with the city ahead of the event, as well as fun things to do once you’ve finished – you’ll have earned it after-all!


  • The run takes place on Sunday, September 13
  • It’s a half-marathon; so 21.1km (13.1 miles)
  • Closing date to register is Monday, August 17
  • Race packs will be sent from late August (containing your race number and timing chip)
  • There will be two starter waves, at 9.30am and 10am
  • Water stations will be located at 2.5m, 5.5m, 8.5m, 10.5m and the finish line
  • Last year’s winners were Ben Siwa (men; 63m 55sec) and Gladys Yator (women; 73m 01sec)


We recommend getting to know the city ahead of the half-marathon, that way there won’t be any nasty surprises halfway through! Luckily, Bristol has lots of great running trails – here are some of our favourites. 

1. Harbourside

Route map of the Harbourside Sports Trail, Bristol City


The Harbourside Sports Trail is one of the city’s most popular routes, offering scenic, panoramic views of the pretty Bristol harbour. It’s a one-mile flat waterside route, measured in distances of 100m, so it’s perfect for anyone looking to closely monitor and build their speed. 

2. Totterdown

Route of the Totterdown Trail in Bristol


Totterdown is a short and handy route, at just 3.96km long. It will take you down Wells Road and then in a loop around leafy Redcatch Park.  It’s got a total ascent of 30.7m and max elevation of 75.73km.

3. River Avon Trail

Map of the River Avon Trail, Bristol City


Fancy immersing yourself in nature during your excursion? The gorgeous River Avon Trail runs a total of 23 miles from Bristol to Bath, and is enjoyed by runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities. As well as taking in all Bristol has to offer, you’ll pass through breathtaking Avon Valley, the historic harbour village of Pill, and the Georgian city of Bath.


Finally, here’s the route itself; be sure to familiarise yourself with it ahead of the big day. You’ll begin on Anchor Road, and continue along the floating harbour at Hotwell Road, and down to the river. You’ll loop back and continue along the scenic River Avon (Cumberland Road) before turning up Wapping Road towards the city-centre, where you’ll loop back down towards the finish line. 

Route of the Bristol Half Marathon



  • Drink lots of water ahead of race day, and avoid alcohol
  • Check out the route in advance
  • Get there in plenty of time, and ensure you’re starting in the correct section
  • Don’t run if you’re feeling sick – remember, there’ll be other races!
  • Don’t break in new shoes on the day; it will lead to excess chaffing and blisters
  • Pace yourself... don’t over-do it in the first section, you’ll burn out later
  • Don’t forget: your racing chip, race number, iPod / phone, plasters and watch

Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge lit up at night



If you’ve got down-time in the run up to the half-marathon, or looking to explore this vibrant maritime city after you’ve finished, we’ve got you covered. Bristol really has it all; from lush public gardens to relaxed boat trips on the Avon, and even a thriving contemporary art scene. Planning an itinerary? Here’s our guide to the perfect day in Bristol.