Running in Bristol

Find out about running courses, our summer Run The Parks initiative and running events.

Running is a great free activity for everyone. A fantastic way to spend time with friends and family, meet new people, explore new places and get out and visit some of our many parks and green spaces.

Run4Life courses

Sport4Life offers free Couch to 5k and 5k Plus running courses. Both courses are supported by our Run4life Bristol Facebook group, where people can share their journeys and keep in touch with leaders and other runners.

Course and registration details can be found on the run4lifebristol facebook page.

New courses start the week of 9 January 2017. Courses are running in:

  • Southmead
  • Manor Wood Valley (Off Hartcliffe Way)
  • Hengrove Park Leisure Centre
  • Oldbury Court Estate
  • St George Park
  • Eastville Park
  • Lockleaze Open Space (Stoke Park)

Special New Year’s Resolution: 0 to 35 minutes

This is a 12 week course, starting with a taster session if you would like to try before committing.

Couch to 5K

We start with 60 seconds of jogging with walk breaks inbetween, gradually jogging or running for longer over the nine weeks until you can run for 30 minutes.

The courses are friendly and sociable and are open to anyone aged 13 plus. We recommend that you walk briskly for 30 minutes 3 times a week in preparation for the course.

We have had over 200 Couch to 5k graduates over the last year – come and join us.

5K Plus and 5K to 60 Minutes

Starting with 30 minutes of running, we gradually increase the run time whilst introducing ‘speed play’. The courses are aimed at being social, rather than serious running and your course leader will adapt the course to suit your group. We provide you with a schedule which will guide you to running for 60 minutes by the end of 9 weeks. Courses are open to anyone aged 16 plus.

Running Champions, leaders and volunteers

Join Run4Life as a Running Champion, Run Leader or volunteer and help build running in your community. Contact us:

Run4Life Bristol Facebook page
Keep in touch with us by liking and following our community running Run4Life Facebook page. We post details of our upcoming courses, how to register for them, and information about running.

Run The Parks

Run the Parks features running routes in 16 of Bristol’s parks, with shorter and longer routes available for both beginners and experienced runners.

Shorter routes mostly stay within park boundaries while longer 10k challenge routes are designed to link multiple parks and green spaces together. There are routes all over the city so choose to stay closer to home or travel further afield and discover new places. 

Join our Run the Parks facebook group.

Measured routes

There are measured routes that can be walked, jogged or run in Bristol, including:

  • Eastville Park
  • Ashton Court
  • Horfield Common
  • Netham Park
  • Victoria Park

You can find more details on our Measured routes in parks page.

parkrun and junior parkrun

These are free weekly times runs organised by volunteers in our parks. They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in. You need to register on the parkrun website before taking part for the first time.

These events are run by volunteers: find out about how to get involved.


These free 5km timed runs start every Saturday at 9am at Ashton Court.

junior parkrun

Junior parkrun is a series of free 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14 years.

See the junior parkrun locations below for dates and times:

Running events

Bristol holds two annual events that are part of the national Great Run series:

  • Bristol Half Marathon
  • Bristol 10k

To find out more or to sign up for a race, visit the Great Run website.

Contact information

Sport and Physical Activity (Public Health)

City Hall

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours


Tel: 0117 922 4719