Running in Bristol

Running in Bristol

Find out about running courses 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

Run4Life offers free beginner running courses, low cost improver sessions and social runs coordinated by volunteers. The 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 details can be found on the run4lifebristol facebook page.

We offer courses in January, spring and autumn, but these are subject to available funding. Courses are often offered in:

  • North Bristol: Southmead and Lawrence Weston
  • Hengrove Park Leisure Centre
  • St George Park
  • Eastville Park
  • Lockleaze Open Space (Stoke Park)

Free Beginners Running Courses: 0 to 35 minutes

These are between 9 and 12 weeks long, often starting with a taster session if you would like to try before committing. The courses gradually build up from 30 to 60 seconds of jogging and walking intervals to 35 minutes of continuous running.

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

We have had hundreds of 0 to 35 graduates over the past three years, come and join us.

Run4Life Plus: 5K Plus and 5K to 70 Minutes, RunFit and RunFit RunStrong

Starting with 35 minutes of running, we gradually increase running time whilst introducing ‘speed play’. The courses are aimed at being social and are open to anyone aged 16 and over.

This spring we are offering a free 5k to 70 minute course to prepare participants for the Bristol 10k. A schedule will help you to build up your long runs to achieve the distance.

RunFit and RunFit Run Strong sessions are fun varied sessions which work on building strength for running and helping to prevent injuries, they may also improve your running speed.

Social Runs

Within the Run4Life group we have volunteers who have graduated from our courses and are now helping to encourage others to keep on running by coordinating friendly social runs.

New for 2018: Walk to jog courses

We have funding to run beginners courses in Lawrence Hill, Filwood and Hartcliffe. We will be offering Walk to Jog courses to help people start walking with a little running regularly and to prepare for our 0 to 35 courses.

Running Champions, leaders and volunteers

Join Run4Life as a running champion, run Leader or volunteer and help build running in your community. If you are interested in joining email

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 timed 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.

Find out about volunteering at a parkrun


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

Junior parkrun

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

See the junior parkrun locations below for times:

Running events

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

  • Bristol 10k
  • Bristol Half Marathon

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

Running Clubs

The main running clubs in Bristol are:

Contact information

Sport and Physical Activity (Public Health)

City Hall

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

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