The 24th Bristol half marathon will take place on Sunday 30th September and is now one of the most popular half marathons in the UK, This year sees the race join the runbritain Grand Prix and with the UK a focus for sport in 2012, the challenge is set for all to achive a personal goal in Olympic year and runbristol.
Entries now open.
The course is a point-to-point loop, so lead runners will not lap slower participants. The Portway section at the beginning of the course spreads runners out early in the race. A narrow Start area and the 2 wave start are also designed to reduce congestion.
START AND FINISH LINES
The start and finish lines are both adjacent to the At-Bristol complex in Anchor Road. They will each be marked with a race gantry.
This event is very popular and attracts large numbers of participants and spectators – so please allow plenty of time.
Plan your journey, allow time to explore the event village when you arrive, locate the route to your start pen and remember – everyone else will want to deposit their bag and use the toilet at the same time you do!
Wave 1 will start at 9.30am and Wave 2 at 10.00am. Experienced wheelchair athletes will start before Wave 1 and should report to the Start Line by 9.00am. Each runner will be issued with a timing chip which should be secured to their shoe. The use of timing chips means that all participants will receive an accurate record of their run time – regardless of which wave they take part in, or how long it takes to pass under the Start Gantry. Runners will be given details of their wave start arrangements in their Race Information pack (including race number and timing chip) which will be sent by post in late August / early September to the address given at time of entry. If you have changed address please contact the Race entries hotline 01782 396 113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WAVE START ARRANGEMENTS
Arrangements used successfully since 2008 will again be implemented. At the Start of Wave 1 runners will assemble in colour coded time band zones/pens on Anchor Road, or in the the assembly area adjacent to College Green at the bottom of Park Street. Runners who have assembled in the College Green pens will be walked forward to take up their position behind those already assembled in the Anchor Road pens. This will be repeated for Wave 2 (see Race Information booklet for details of colour coded zones and wave starts).
There is potential for congestion in the start and finish areas, so it is important that runners and spectators follow instructions given in the Race Information booklet and by the event stewards. In order to avoid overcrowding in the Anchor Road Start area, runners will only assemble on one side of the road – behind a single width Start Gantry. The other side of the road will be available for runners to access the colour coded start pens.
The colour coded start pens will be marked by tall coloured flags and signs that correspond to each runner’s coloured race number (ie the central band of the number). Runners may only enter the pen that corresponds to their race number.
THE FINISH AND RUNNER VILLAGE AREAS
The Start/Finish area has been designed to create a large exclusion zone accessible only to runners and race officials. This zone stretches from before the Finish Line in Anchor Road and leads to Millennium Square. Spectators will be restricted to the pavement area and will not be permitted to enter the pens or runner services areas.
After crossing the finish line, runners will pass the primary medical area (junction of Anchor Road and Cathedral Walk) and enter the Runner Services area to receive water, a foil blanket, medal, goodie bag, and have access to the secondary (non – urgent) first aid. They will then pass into the public areas and can access the Physio and Massage team (Millenium Square), Amphitheatre bag store and meeting points, Millenium Square, Waterfront Square and Anchor Square Village Areas. A pedestrian access route along Canons Way will give access to those who wish to return to College Green and the Council House bag store. This route will also give access to the city centre.