Bristol Half Marathon

As the city’s Saturday night revellers drifted somewhat unsteadily towards their beds, the REM team were busy putting in the final preparations for the Half Marathon. Bristol was bathed in glorious autumn sunshine as over 8,000 runners took part in the 2014 run.

Wave 1 was started by the Lord Mayor of Bristol who jumped down from the podium and joined the race – running in his thick Mayoral robes complete with dummy gold chain and race number “1” befitting his status as the “First Citizen” of the city of Bristol.

Cathedral bells chimed as runners assembled for Wave 2 and with the Lord Mayor now well into his race, the starters flag was waved by Cllr Simon Cook accompanied by the Lady Mayoress and veteran local Olympian Nick Rose.

There was tough competition amongst the elite athletes with some excellent results for local club Bristol & West AC – but the real winners were the thousands of participants many of whom were chasing personal best times or taking part to raise funds for charity.

Supporters of the three official race charities St Peters Hospice, Penny Brohn Cancer Care and Refugee Action turned out in force, along with hundreds of volunteer marshals provided by the 3 charities.