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With over 15,000 runners already signed up to take part in the Bristol half marathon – time is running out to secure a place. The official closing date has now passed but runners in regular training who will be “race fit” by September 5th can still sign up on-line.
Check the 2010 Bristol half marathon “how to enter pages” of this site for further details.

With race day getting close – time to prepare is running out !

There are still places available on the final RUNBRISTOL training day on 15th August where runners can get advice from our expert coaches and physios.
Details can be found on the “are you fit to run” pages on this site.

Volunteer marshals needed

Volunteers are needed for a few hours on race day. Marshalling the route, keeping access points clear, helping and directing spectators to view points and handing out bottles of water, medals and goodie bags to runners are some of the many tasks volunteers are asked to cover. If you think you can spare a few hours and would like to be involved in Bristol’s biggest sporting event then please contact:
Gemma Jones on 0117 311 2607 or email [email protected]
Wenda Hillier on tel. 0117 915 9300 or email [email protected]

The Bristol Half Marathon attracts tens of thousands of spectators and thanks to its official charities, the race helps to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds. For more information about the work of our official race charities for 2010: CLIC Sargent, St Peter’s Hospice and international children’s charity, COCO see the Charity Pages on this site.

Bristol to host UK Half Marathon & World Trials

The 2010 Bristol half marathon is to host UK Half Marathon Championships and World Half Marathon Championships Trials – UKA have selected the Bristol half marathon to host their UK half marathon championships and have also chosen the event to select the GB & NI Team for the IAAF World Half Marathon which will take place in Nanning, China on the 16th October 2010.

Brilliant Bristol 10k !

There were records galore at the third edition of the Bristol 10k – proving a double victory for Kenya with course records for both Gordon Mugi (28:29) and Edith Chelimo (32:53).
There were superb British victories for Aldershot & Farnham’s Andy Vernon (29:12) fresh from his lifetime best set in California just seven days ago and Faye Fullerton – the Havering Mayesbrooke AC athlete had a massive PB (33:03) improving by over 70 seconds to illustrate just how fast the Bristol course is.
In addition to course records in both men’s and women’s races, there was also a record entry of 10,620 competitors with 8,595 finishers. In the men’s race, to highlight the quality of the field 11 men broke 30 minutes for the 10k distance and there were numerous PBs in the women’s race.
The England Championships proved an undoubted success with numerous fast times being recorded. In the Up & Running University Race quite fittingly Bristol University stole the honours.
In the Clarke Willmott Buisness Challenge sponsor Stephen Clarke ran the race and was back in time to present Bristol Blue Glass trophies to the first man – Robert Hayes (Bank of Ireland) 35.44 and first woman – Sarah Mansfield (RBS Atoms) 43.58.
In the Inter Area event the Midlands Teams took both Men’s and Women’s honours.

Runners taking part revelled in the atmosphere generated by thousands of spectators out on the course – a big city welcome from Bristol to participants from all over the UK and abroad. The event seems to be destined to go from strength to strength and in all probability three waves will be required next year.
Finally, thousands of pounds were raised for numerous charities in particular St Peters Hospice and COCO. “A great day for Bristol and race organisers Bristol City Council and especially for British road running” said England National Coach, Bud Baldaro.

Asics “runbristol” shop

New for 2010 – we have launched a range of high quality and stylish ASICS running clothing for the 2010 runbristol events.
All garments are from the current ASICS range and have been customised exclusively for the Bristol 10k and Bristol half marathon, providing a unique and lasting way to remember your achievement and train for this years events.
Garments include performance running Tees, bottoms and jackets each adorned with the runbristol logos – perfect for training and relaxing!
To see the full range of items on offer go to the “are you fit to run” page on this site.

England Athletics 10k Championships – 2010 Bristol 10k

England Athletics is delighted to announce that the 2010 England Athletics 10k championships will be incorporated in the Bristol 10k.

The race on the 9 May will include the team and individual championships for both men and women.

England Athletics head of teams and competition Andy Day said, “We are delighted that this year’s 10k championship will take place in Bristol. The Bristol Half Marathon is now a well established part of the road running calendar and the 10k is rapidly taking its place as one of the highlights of the road running season.

“Last year’s race saw some very good performances at the front end of both the men’s and women’s races with English athletes running personal best times and season’s bests.
“We look forward to there being strong competition in the event this year and to our best athletes taking the opportunity to race each other head-to-head in our national championship.”

England Athletics selected the Bristol event on the basis of the standard of the competition provided, the high standard of organisation and the suitability of the course for producing fast times.

Georgette Van Hoof, Bristol City Council’s race director, added: “Bristol is pleased and proud to host the 2010 England Athletics 10k championships as part of the 2010 Bristol 10k.

“The 10k course, which follows the River Avon and passes under Brunel’s famous Bristol Suspension Bridge is noted for being both flat and fast. As a result, participants at every level, from England’s best athletes to absolute beginners will stand an excellent chance of securing a personal best.”

Places are reserved for elite athletes (guide times: Men 31min and Women 34min 30sec but we also aim to support up-and-coming talent). Please send a brief CV with your recent achievements and personal bests setting out your case for being given a free place to our race administration service email: [email protected] who will pass your request on to England national coach Bud Baldaro for consideration.

A British athlete only prize fund is available to both men and women as follows: 1st – £500; 2nd – £400; 3rd – £300; 4th – £250; 5th – £200; 6th – £150; 7th – £100; 8th – £75; 9th – £50; 10th – £25.

The Bristol 10K includes the Up & Running Bristol 10k University Race which is inviting entries from full time university students. A purse of over £2,000 in prizes has been offered by 10k road race legend Nick Rose from the Bristol Up & Running store. Students who qualify for a free guest place may also take part for their university. The student event and the overall prize list mean that athletes from the home countries are eligible to win prizes from multiple prize lists.

As well as catering for the National championships “runbristol” is also holding a series of events to support runners of all abilities. These events will include advice from England Athletics Coach Mentor Bud Baldaro. They will be held as follows:

· Sunday 11 April – Coombe Dingle Sports Centre
· Sunday 13 June – Henbury Leisure Centre
· Sunday 18 July – Coombe Dingle Sports Centre
· Sunday 15 August – Coombe Dingle Sports Centre
The weekend training days will run on Sundays fro 10am – 4pm and are aimed at helping runners of all abilities learn more about how to prepare for the Bristol 10k and Bristol half marathon and reach their own personal targets.

Further details on the Bristol 10k incorporating the England Athletics 10K championships, including details on prize fund eligibility, prize structures for other categories and online entry, can be found at www.bristolhalfmarathon.com/bristol10k
For more details on England Athletics Road Running events see www.englandathletics.org/roadrunning

Training days announced

2010 RUNBRISTOL are organising special training days to maximise your running potential.

Runners of all levels are invited to join in a special series of training events and activities marking RUNBRISTOL – the city council’s annual programme of running fitness and fun in association with Bristol’s 10K and half marathon.

The 2010 Bristol 10K race takes place on Sunday, May 9 and the Bristol half marathon takes place on Sunday, September 5.

This year, the council and its training partners – Full Potential and the University of Bristol Sports Medicine Clinic – are offering all runners the chance to take part in five, monthly Sunday training workshops – each tailored to meet the needs of runners looking to maximise their potential.

The workshops are led by some of the UK’s top coaches, athletes and sports professionals, with the opportunity for participants to ask questions at the end of each session. The aim is to offer advice and support to help runners achieve their goals.

The workshops run from 10am to 4pm and cost just £10 per day.

Georgette Van Hoof, Bristol City Council’s Runbristol Race Director, says: “We have programmed our training days to support runners in the lead up to key race days.

Runners coming along to the training sessions are guaranteed professional advice and expert guidance as well as the chance to quiz top runners and athletes on how to run better and maximise potential.”

RUNBRISTOL training days:
· Sunday 11 April – Coombe Dingle Sports Centre
· Sunday 13 June – Henbury Leisure Centre
· Sunday 18 July – Coombe Dingle Sports Centre
· Sunday 15 August – Coombe Dingle Sports Centre

For more information of how to sign up and full details of the training programme, go to the “are you fit to run” pages of the race website.

2009 Bristol half marathon results

The 21st Bristol half marathon took place on Sunday 6 September and has been hailed as a major success for race organisers Bristol City Council. The race was won by Ezekie Cherop (Kenya) but the icing on the cake for the city of Bristol, was the winning ladies time of 1:12:03 – achieved by Bristol & West AC athlete Claire Hallisey. The win means that the Bristol University student who is coached by Keith Brackstone, has now claimed her place in the team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham next month.

Runners who took part in the race can now check out their times on the Bristol half marathon home page.

Runners who took part in the Bristol Mile Races & Street Sprints can now download the results from the Mile Races page.

runbristol dates 2010

Bristol 10k – Sunday 9 May 2010.
Bristol Half Marathon – Sunday 5 September 2010. Entries open at 8am on Monday 1 March – check this site for news of the 24 hour opening offer !

If you are planning to run the Bristol 10k or Bristol half marathon in 2010 look out for the runbristol monthly training opportunities with practical sessions and advice from some of the UK’s top coaches, athletes and sports professionals.

Bristol City Council

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