Bristol Running Races and Events Taking Place in 2023Posted on: 17 Jan 2023
It's fair to say that the excitement of Christmas and New Year has well and truly subsided and it's time to fully embrace the New Year.
So, whether you’re an avid runner, an occasional jogger or a gym-goer, you might be on the lookout for your first athletic challenge of 2023.
To get you started, we’ve researched the running races and events happening in and around Bristol this year and rounded them up in this handy article that will be updated as more and more runs are scheduled.
Find out when and where a run is taking place, sign up and start training! After all, it takes just eight to ten weeks for a beginner to train for a 10K.
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Longleat 10k & 2 Mile Fun Run @ Longleat House, Warminster | Sunday 29 January
First up is one of the most beautiful courses on the running circuit, making it an athletic event not to be missed - despite the wintery weather. With a beautiful drive funnelling runners through the beautiful surroundings of Longleat House, there are extra special views as far as the eye can see.
Runners can Choose between a 10k or a 2-mile fun run, priced at £10 and £24 respectively. Both runs begin at 10 AM.
The Bristol 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run @ Ashton Court Estate | Sunday 12 February
Taking place at Ashton Court and raising money for the charity Shelter, the Winter Warmer Run is a chance to lace up those shoes, get motivated and focus on training during winter.
The event boasts plenty of entry benefits including full race chip timing, a super cool medal, snacks, drinks, some surprise goodies and a load of fun, smiles and support along the way. Entry for both the 5k and the 10k is priced at £22 and the start time is 10 AM, hurry and grab your ticket while you still can!
The Winter Green Man Ultra @ Ashton Court Estate | Saturday 4 March
Up next is the return of the classic Green Man Ultra, back once more for the winter 2023 edition in and around Bristol. The gargantuan challenge sees a 45-mile and 30-mile ultra option, both entirely along the Community Forest Path. Attendees will embark on a self-navigation challenge and receive a unique finisher's medal to mark their achievements.
The 30-mile run (11 AM starting time) has a standard entry price of £78 and the 45-mile run (8 AM starting time) is priced at £93 with other entry options available to view on the website.
AJ Bell Great Bristol Run @ City Centre | Sunday 14 May
This 10k route begins in Bristol City Centre and takes runners along the waterfront before crossing onto Spike Island, through Wapping Wharf and looping around Queen Square which marks the route's halfway point. Runners then cross over to Redcliffe before rounding the historical Castle Park and into the Old City, before finishing on Anchor Road.
The half marathon sees runners take the same route, then through the beautiful Avon Gorge and under the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, before joining the 10k route at Spike Island. 10k entry is £36 and half marathon entry is £46.
Bristol Triathlon @ Cumberland Basin | Sunday 4 June
Bristol Triathlon is back for a third edition with Tough Runner. Suitable for beginners and experienced athletes alike, the event is a closed-road triathlon that starts at the historical and picturesque Bristol Harbour before moving onto a flat, fast closed road bike course down the Portway, and finishing with an epic run and finish through the special dragon arch.
For 2023 there will also be a sprint distance for those who want an extra challenge then take on the standard. Standard entry for the triathlon is £96.99 and the Sprint is £75.99 - both start times are 8 AM.
Superhuman Games @ Greville Smyth Park | Saturday 10 June
The first event of its kind in Europe, The Superhuman Games is recognised as the UK's ultimate outdoor functional fitness and endurance event, becoming an annual fixture in the event diary of fitness fanatics from all over the world.
Participants take part in five arduous workouts throughout the day, with each task requiring participants to complete as many laps as possible of a specific task within a 20-minute time cap. Entry categories include mixed teams of 4 (2 Men / 2 Women), Same Sex Pairs and Mixed Sex Pairs and the event begins at 8:30 AM - entries are available at £75 per person.
Cheddar Gorge Challenge @ Warren Farm, Charterhouse | Sunday 11 June
Moving slightly further afield for this one, the Cheddar Gorge Challenge incorporates five separate races (Fun Runs, 6km, 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon) all in one day. Runners will be able to take in some of the most beautiful and remarkable landscapes of any run in the country.
Marvel at the gorge cliff top path looking down at the open Somerset Meadows, the historic Mendip Hills which include signs of Roman mining and World War II bunkers, and Beacon Batch - the highest point of the Mendips. Details of individual pricing can be found here.
Bristol Race for Life 5k @ The Downs | Sunday 25 June
Battle at Blaise Obstacle Course Race @ Blaise Castle Estate | Saturday 23 September
This epic obstacle course makes full use of Bristol's amazing 650-acre Blaise Castle Estate with a unique experience that brings together trail running, obstacles and primal fitness in an epic endurance challenge. Push yourself to the finish line in a friendly and supportive environment with this fun, inclusive event.
There are three entry options available for this event: 8k Obstacle Course Race (£64), 16k Obstacle Course Race (£69) and 3k Junior Blaiser Obstacle Course Race (£15). More details, including training plans and routes, can be found here.
Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.