2013 marked the 25th Silver Anniversary year of the Bristol Half Marathon which was first held in 1989 when a 1000 runners took part. Since then the race has grown with 20,000 people now taking part annually. Over the years, the event has attracted star names, including Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe but its success is rooted in the efforts of thousands of amateur runners.
The Bristol Half Marathon route is a point-to-point loop, which means runners at the front won’t need to lap slower participants. It passes through many of the most scenic parts of Bristol, including the Avon Gorge, past the Floating Harbour and along the side of Castle Park. It is a flat and fast race providing the perfect opportunity, we are reliably informed to run a personal best!
Bernard Rotich (Kenya) 63:56 scored a thrillingly exciting victory as he outsprinted fellow Kenyans Matthew Kiprotich (Kenya) 63:57 and Nicholas Kirui (Kenya) 63:57 with just one second covering the first three.
In the women’s event, there was a 1-2-3 for GB as Emma Stepto timed her race to perfection passing Lorna Russell in the last mile.
The Corps of Drums from Her Majesties Band of the Royal Marines not only supplied a bugle fanfare at the start line but a team of Marines also took part in the race. Unlike the other runners they completed the course wearing full kit and boots and carrying 30lbs on their backs.
REM have worked on site and production management with RunBristol for a number of years and although it makes for a very long weekend, it’s always a pleasure to work with a successful team and be a part of a Bristol success story.