The Great West Run is an annual road running event held through the streets of Exeter, usually in late April. It was first run in 1985. Originally run as a marathon, in recent years it has always been run as a half marathon. It attracts mainly regional entrants; winning times in 2004 and 2005 were 70 and 68 minutes respectively. For some years it was sponsored by Friends Provident; in 2008 and 2009 the chief sponsor was the Guildhall Shopping Centre in central Exeter.
Currently 2750 entries are permitted. Junior and family 1.5-mile events take place in parallel to the main run.
The 2006 event took place on 30 April and was won in a time of 70 minutes.
The 2008 event took place on 4 May.
The 2009 event took place on 3 May, and was won in a time of 69 minutes 3 seconds by Kairn Stone. The first woman to complete was Heather Foundling-Hawker, in a time of 83 minutes 41 seconds, in 29th position over all. 2286 runners were recorded as starting, of whom 2258 were recorded as finishing.