Last weekend, I went to Bristol (for the first time ever!) to run Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10km! It was such a lovely little trip, so nice to see the city for the first time, and the Bristol race route was just gorgeous.
As part of my ambassadorship for Great Run and Great Swim this year, I’ve got a handful of great races peppering the next few months, that will be a mix of running and swimming and have me seeing a little more of the country. That’s one of the things I think is so great about UK races, and Great Run races in particular, there are so many different distances and challenges to choose from so you can either compete in your local one, or mix it in to a little active staycation, which is definitely my favourite way of doing it!
It’s shameful that I’d never been to Bristol yet, but this was the perfect excuse. I hopped on the train at Paddington, and less than two hours later, I was there, checking into The Bristol, a modern, perfectly placed hotel on Bristol's harbourside. Bristol is NICE. You probably all know that because your UK exploration is far better than mine, but even though I wasn’t there for long, I loved what I saw of it — the pretty harbour, the art-riddled backstreets, cute pubs… I’ll definitely have to go back.
This was my first race since London Marathon, and as it’s been pretty full on with the house and we’ve been away since then, my legs have been itching to run. Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10km was the perfect way to get back into it — a perfect distance, and a nice competitive pace!
The race is so damn well organised. I do love a race village that has tubs full of safety pins because, even 20 or so races down, I still always forget them. It was a really nice, lively atmosphere. That’s the best thing about a 10km I think, everyone just wants to have a good time. There are loads of charity runners and first-time racers that it all just feels FUN.
The route was perfect — flat (just how I like it!) and took you along the River Avon, under the Clifton Suspension bridge which was ace, past the cutest row of Pinterest-worthy cottages complete with VW campervans outside, and back through the city centre into Millennium Square. The locals were out in force to support AND the sun was shining for most of it.