The University of Bristol Run Series
Whatever your running experience, we invite you to join us for one, two or all three of the virtual events in our Run Series in 2021. Be a part of our supportive running community of students, staff and alumni, and discover the positive impact that getting active can have on your everyday, this year.
Find out about:
How to take part
- Find the event(s) you want to register to take part in and register online.
- Purchase an exclusive Run Series medal and/or t-shirt during sign-up.
Training and support:
Visit our support hub for advice and guidance to help you to the finish line, curated by our in-house experts:
- Exclusive training plans for each event
- Blog posts running safety, nutrition and wellbeing
- On-demand mobility classes for runners
- Warm-up and cool-down examples
Cross the finish line:
- Run, walk or jog teh distance between the event start and end dates.
- Send a screenshot of your completed race to email@example.com
Sign up to the Run Series
Join us for one, two or all three of our events below. All events in the Run Series are free to enter.
Run Series Virtual 5k - 20 to 21 March 2021
The virtual 5k run kicked off our 2021 Run Series over the 20 and 21 March.
Run Series Virtual 10k - 8 to 16 May 2021
Build on your 5k training and sign up to complete a virtual 10k between the 8 and 16 May 2021
Run Series Virtual Half Marathon - 18 to 26 September 2021
Take part in the half marathon, our 21.1 km Run Series finale, between the 18 and 26 of September 2021.
Great Bristol 10k (in-person event) - Student & Staff entry
Sign up to run with the crowds at the in-person Great Bristol 10k on 19 September 2021. Discounted entry for Students and Staff at the University of Bristol.
Great Bristol 10k (in-person event) - Alumni and Friends
Sign up to run with the crowds at the in-person Great Bristol 10k on 19 September 2021. Discounted entry for Alumni and Friend of the University of Bristol.
Great Bristol Half Marathon (in-person event)
Sign up to run with the crowds at the in-person Great Bristol Half Marathon on 19 September 2021. Discounted entry for Staff, Students, Alumni and Friends of the University of Bristol. Register for the Run Series Half Marathon (free) and your race will count towards both events - one race, two medals!
Sign-up - Junior 5k Mini-Series
A 5k Mini-Series for our junior users aged 11-16 years who wish to take part in the Run Series. Run, jog or walk a 5k during each of the Run series event dates and receive a free 5k medal! Parent, carers, friends and family can sign up to the mini-series to run with your Junior runner.
To help avoid or treat any injuries you may sustain during your training, we'd recommend getting in touch with our Sports Medicine Clinic, where we offer Physiotherapy, Sports massage, Osteopathy & Acupuncture.
Run Series Performance T-Shirts
Add a #WeAreBristol performance t-shirt for £6 during the registration process, or grab one later via the University of Bristol Online Shop.
Crafted from a lightweight Neoteric™ fabric, our t-shirts wick sweat away from the skin to ensure you stay cool and dry during your training and events.
Performance tees are available for contact-free click and collect, or UK and International delivery.
Run Series Medals
Bespoke Run Series medals have been created for each event in the series, featuring Bristol's iconic landmarks. Receive all three medals and interlock them to create an exclusive Run Series medallion!
Medals are available to purchase indiviually for each event during the sign-up process. Alternatively get all three medals for free if you sign up to the Whole Series (Whole Series sign up available until 20 March).
Medals will be made available for collection or delivery after each event in the Series. If you are participating in the Whole Series and are receiving medals for free, medal collection for all three events will take place after the final event in September to allow for verification of full-series completion.
Contact-free click and collect is currently available on the following date(s):
- 4 May - bookings available now
- 18 May - bookings open 7 days in advance
To arrange delivery of an already purchased t-shirt and/or medal, pay for postage via the University of Bristol online shop and your item(s) will be processed once your order is confirmed.
Faces of the Run Series
We'll be shining the light on individuals who have signed up to one, or more, of our virtual events in this series, and sharing what brought each to our virtual community this year. Get to know your fellow participants, and put a face to the Facebook profile, email address or Strava user you've only had the opportunity to meet in 2D - until now!
Meet Vicky Dickson - Business Development Officer
Meet Rushab Shah - Bristol SU Sport and Student Development Sabbatical Officer
Meet Tiegan Ball - Wellbeing Sports Liaison Officer, Bristol SU
Meet Brandon Dobson - Lead Activator for Sport, Exercise and Health
Meet Roy Kiruri - Bristol SU International Students Sabbatical Officer
Charities: Healthy Minds & NHS Charities
In 2020, when The Great Run Company had to make the decision cancel the Great Bristol 10k due to Covid-19, over £4,000 was raised for Healthy Minds and NHS Charities Together thanks to those of you who donated your registration fees rather than getting a refund.
From your feedback, the Bristol Run Series will continue to support both charities and you will be given the option to add a donation when you sign up to any of our Run Series events.
Our virtual 10k runners can still go the extra mile & combine their training with fundraising for the University of Bristol’s Healthy Minds programme. Support your own mental & physical wellbeing whilst raising funds to support the wellbeing of our students.
NHS Charities Together provides a forum for nationwide fundraising & advocacy campaigns; specialist advice & guidance; bespoke conferences & training opportunities, as well as access to online resources & support through exclusive member pages on our website.