Bristol Grand Half Marathon 2018: route map, closed roads, travel information, parking tips and luggage lockers


Runners from Bristol and the surrounding area who have signed up for the Great Bristol Half Marathon are just days away from tackling the 13.1 mile course.

This story is about the 2018 race, read our new article for more information on the Bristol Half Marathon 2019.

The famous race was first staged in 1989 and has since become a long-standing tradition in the annual British running calendar, with over 10,000 runners raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

On September 23, large parts of the city center will be closed as it will be inundated with participants and people cheering them on.



2017 Bristol Half Marathon start line.

The route will take runners under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, with spectacular views along the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harborside, before entering the city center.

This means that a number of roads in central Bristol and beyond will be closed all day Sunday and a number of detours will be put in place.

Below is information on the route the runners will follow and the road closures in place that day.

Big Bristol Half Marathon 2018

Race times

The event village will open at 7:30 am on Sunday, with the start area officially opening at 8:30 am.

The wheelchair race will start at 9:15 am before the start of the first wave of runners from the main event at 9:30 am. The runners will then start in groups until approximately 9:55 am.

The lesson



The route of the Bristol Grand Half Marathon 2018

The route will start on Anchor Road near Millennium Square, near the Jacob’s Wells roundabout, before proceeding along the Portway under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Runners will then follow the harbor past Sea Mills to the edge of Shirehampton Golf Course, before turning around and heading back to the town center.

They will then cross Spike Island, along Cumberland Road, before bypassing Queen Square, Redcliffe and Castle Park.

The final stretch of the race crosses the center via St Augustine’s Parade, leading to the finish line on Anchor Road by Bristol Aquarium.

There are plenty of restaurants around Millennium Square where runners can meet up with friends and family and recover with top notch food.

Road closures



The roads that will be closed during the Great Bristol Half Marathon 2018

There will be an ongoing program of road closures from Anchor Road at 3:00 am on Sunday, to ensure a safe running course for the 10,000 participating runners. All roads are expected to be reopened at 6 p.m.

The roads will be reopened in phases once each section is cleared of runners, waste and event infrastructure. During road closures, vehicle access will not be possible, unless otherwise specified or agreed in advance.

A number of roads in the designated “areas” will be closed all day Sunday. Details of the roads closed in each area are as follows:

Zone 1 – From the Jacobs Wells roundabout to the Saint-Augustin parade. The roads will be closed from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Zone 2 – From Redcliffe Hill to Castle Park inc High Street. The roads will be closed from 4:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Zone 3 – Redcliffe Street at Broad Quay inc Queen Square / Baldwin Street. The roads will be closed from 4:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Zone 4 – From Brunel Lock road to Commercial road. The roads will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Zone 5 – Chemin Hotwell to Sylvan Way inc. The portico. The roads will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Zone 6 – From the Jacobs Wells roundabout to the Plimsoll bridge. The roads will be closed from 6.30 am to 11.00 am.

Zone 7 – College Green at Christmas Street inc Quay Street. The roads will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

More information about the race can be found here.

Transport information

Race organizers urged anyone driving to the race to use park and ride services due to the number of road closures in place.

Park and Ride pickups begin at 7 a.m. in Long Ashton and Brislington and will run at regular intervals at both sites until 3 p.m. The runners will be dropped off as close as possible to the village of the event.

Parking is free and the prices of relay parking tickets are as follows:

Brislington P&R Off-peak return: Adult £ 3, Student 16-21 £ 2, Child £ 1.50 (two children aged 5-15 travel free with each paying adult) Group: up to 5 adults traveling together 8 £.

Long Ashton P&R Off-peak return: Adult £ 3, Student 16-21 £ 2, Child £ 1.50 (two children aged 5-15 travel free with each paying adult) Group: up to 5 adults traveling together 8 £.

The following car parks in the city center will also be open on Sundays. Access may be via different routes than usual due to the closure of racing routes.

Trenchard Street – Entrance from Lodge Street and Trenchard Street (Open 24 hours a day)
west end – Entrance to Jacobs Wells Rd and Triangle South (open 24 hours)
St James Barton (Open 24 hours a day)
Rupert Street (Open 24 hours a day)
Cabot Circus (Parking open 24 hours a day, shopping open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Nelson Street (Open 24 hours a day)

A number of buses will also operate at different times due to road closures. Visit the Travelwest website for all the details.

Bag deposit information

Runners’ luggage will be stored at the Lloyds Amphitheater, near the event village.

Luggage buses will be located in this area with three buses per wave (orange / white / green / pink). Fast runners must use the orange wave bus. The runners must then follow these instructions:

  • Find the bus that matches the color of your race number. Marshals will manage the access doors.
  • Fill out your baggage tag (detach with your race number) before leaving home.
  • Make sure your luggage tag is attached to your bag

To access the buses after the race, you will need your race number. When collecting your bag, the race staff will ask you to show your race number and luggage tag to ensure they match.

Riders are advised NOT to leave any valuables in their luggage as this is a self-service system and although there are security personnel on the baggage buses, the organizers do not can accept no responsibility for lost or stolen items.


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