May saw 13,000 runners of all abilities (including representatives from The Bristol Magazine!) rise to the challenge of the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k. Winter Olympic bronze medallist Dom Parsons officially started the run and set the crowds on their way along Bristol Harbourside.

Among them was Mayor Marvin Rees – running as a guide for blind runner Chris Blackabee along with a group of visually impaired runners from VI Runners Bristol. “Many congratulations and respect for everyone who took part,” said Marvin. “This was my first 10k and I was blessed to be asked by Chris to accompany him around the course. That to me is the great benefit of sport; it is a unifying force that brings people from all backgrounds and communities to participate, support and achieve together.”

They were joined by a competitive club runner field, featuring some of the best from around the region. In the men’s race, Tom Merson from Exmouth Harriers AAC finished first with a time of 30:34, while Ruth Barnes from Avon Valley Runners took first place in the women’s field with a time of 34:23, followed by Bristol and West AC’s Charlotte Taylor-Green who did it in 35:00.

Bristol charities including the Grand Appeal and Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity were well represented, and 30 firefighters from Avon Fire and Rescue Service also took to the streets in full kit while carrying a six-metre long ladder as part of their fundraising for three-year-old Daisy Bowyer, who has cerebral palsy. This year’s Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon is to take place on 23 September while the 2019 10k will be staged on 5 May.

We took part in the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k as guests of Simplyhealth. For more training advice, please visit