Great Bristol Run live updates – 10,000 runners cross start line for half marathon and 10K

The Great Bristol Run returns with a half marathon and a 10k route today, with more than 10,000 people taking part.

The event was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but scores are already lacing up their trainers at the Anchor Road start line today.

The run is renowned for its route along the Avon Gorge and through Bristol city centre, passing landmarks such as the Clifton suspension bridge, the waterfront, Castle Park, and Millennium Square.

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The event celebrates the best of Bristol with local bands and other entertainment around the route.

The first wave of runners set off early this morning at 8.30am and then the last wave will hear the klaxon at 10am.

Paul Foster, CEO of the Great Run Company, said: “Although necessary, it was extremely disappointing not to be able to stage last year’s event, so we can’t wait to see our runners back on the start line in September.”

Andy Graffin, of the Great Run Company, said: “Plenty of our runners can’t wait to get back to sporting events, and it’s really exciting to see lots of people entering who took up running during the pandemic and this will be their first event.

“Many of our runners are raising money for causes close to their hearts, which we hope will give local charities a much needed boost.”

The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, is the official partner of the Great Bristol Family Run and their mascots Wallace and Gromit will be the official starters of the event.

This year’s event also includes the country’s first ever dedicated 10k race for visually impaired runners.

Mr Graffin continued: “The Great Bristol Run is an iconic race, so I’m thrilled that visually impaired runners will now have the option to compete for their own medals. This is a fantastic chance to celebrate the talent of visually impaired runners, and I’m excited that we are the first 10k race in the UK to offer that opportunity.”

Mark Farnell, former Paralympic gold medallist, and the Lord Mayor Joss Clark will be among the honorary starters of the Great Bristol Run.

Other familiar faces joining the over 10,000 runners on the day will be Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, who is guiding a visually impaired runner, and local MP Thangam Debbonaire, who is raising money for a local charity for people living with HIV/AIDS.

This is a live blog. Scroll down for further updates.

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