Running in Bristol

Running in Bristol

Find out about running courses, groups, clubs and events for beginners, experienced runners and young people in Bristol.

Running is a great free activity for everyone. It's 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 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 Run4Life Bristol Facebook page and on the Bristol Active City website.

We offer courses in winter, spring and autumn, but these are subject to available funding.

The courses are often 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 12 weeks long, 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 thousands of 0 to 35 graduates over the past three years, come and join us.

You can also join us part way through a course if you would like help with getting back into running.

Walk to Jog

Join our four week course if:

  • 0 to 30 second jogs are too much to start with
  • you haven't done any exercise in a while

You'll start with getting comfortable with 30 minutes of walking. When you are ready, we'll introduce very short jogs.

This will build you up to being ready to join the 0 to 35 jogs, if you would like to.

Social runs

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

Running Champions, leaders and volunteers

If you are interested in joining Run4Life as a running champion, run leader or volunteer and help build running in your community, email sport@bristol.gov.uk

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

parkrun

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

Junior parkrun

These free 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14 years take place 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: