Bristol Half Marathon
|Bristol Half Marathon|
|Event type||Half marathon|
|Distance||13 miles, 22,880 yards (21,097.5 metres)|
|Official site||Official Website|
The Bristol Half Marathon is an annual road running event held on the streets of Bristol, UK. The route is at sea level and winds through the city centre, along the Avon Gorge and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The 2015 event takes place on Sunday the 13th of September.
The half-marathon had been preceded locally by the Bristol Marathon, first run in 1982; another full marathon in the Bristol area had been started by Kingswood the previous year. The Bristol route was held in July and ran from the exhibition centre along the Portway to Severn Beach, returning via the Avonmouth trading estate. The Portway return, though scenic, was hot and shared with traffic, so a modified route was devised for the following years. The Kingswood run was shortened to a half marathon in 1984/5.
The first Bristol Half Marathon was held in 1989, with just 1,000 runners competing. The event grew with 12,000 competitors in 2005, 15,000 in 2006 and 16,000 in 2009, a figure around which the participation level has settled.
Notable editions of the race include 1997, when the event was titled 'The Cabot 500 Run Through History' to celebrate the 500th anniversary of John Cabot's first voyage to Newfoundland in 1497 and 2001, when the Bristol Half Marathon was also the 10th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, and attracted competitors such as Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe.
The first fatality in the race occurred in 2011, when a male runner collapsed and died.
The names of various sponsors have prefixed the title of the race in the past, with names including the BUPA Bristol Half Marathon prior to 2005 and later the Reebok Bristol Half Marathon. Most recently, the primary sponsor has been Bristol City Council, the brand being Run Bristol.
In 2011 a business challenge was introduced, to stimulate participation by colleagues within Bristol companies.
Key: Course record
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|1st||1989||Steve Brace (GBR)||1:08:36||Bronwen Cardy-Wise (GBR)||1:20:05|
|2nd||1990||Wayne Buxton (GBR)||1:11:22||Zina Marchant (GBR)||1:18:47|
|3rd||1991||Nick Rose (GBR)||1:07:51||Cathy Newman (GBR)||1:18:14|
|4th||1992||Gideon Mutisya (KEN)||1:04:08||Lesley Morton (GBR)||1:16:05|
|5th||1993||Lazarus Nyakeraka (KEN)||1:03:39||Karen MacLeod (GBR)||1:15:00|
|6th||1994||Charles Tangus (KEN)||1:02:45||Danielle Sanderson (GBR)||1:14:47|
|7th||1995||Bruce Chinnick (GBR)||1:06:12||Maureen Laney (GBR)||1:22:40|
|8th||1996||Martin Cox (GBR)||1:04:16||Olga Mitchurina (RUS)||1:13:56|
|9th||1997||Kassa Tadessa (GBR)||1:04:52||Trudi Thomson (GBR)||1:18:36|
|10th||1998||Kassa Tadessa (GBR)||1:06:36||Laura Woffenden (GBR)||1:20:08|
|11th||1999||Wilson Cheruiyot (KEN)||1:05:44||Cathy Newman (GBR)||1:17:37|
|12th||2000||Nick Wetheridge (GBR)||1:04:09||Andrea Green (GBR)||1:13:28|
|WHMC||2001||Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)||1:00:03||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||1:06:47|
|13th||2001||Geoffrey Kinyua (KEN)||1:05:09||Andrea Green (GBR)||1:14:56|
|14th||2002||Hilary Lelei (KEN)||1:05:30||Emily Samoei (KEN)||1:16:43|
|15th||2003||Julius Kibet (KEN)||1:02:52||Meriem Wangari (KEN)||1:12:22|
|16th||2004||Simon Tanui (KEN)||1:04:18||Meriem Wangari (KEN)||1:13:40|
|17th||2005||Wilfred Taragon (KEN)||1:03:30||Birhan Dagne (GBR)||1:12:53|
|18th||2006||Patrick Makau (KEN)||1:03:38||Cathy Mutwa (KEN)||1:12:35|
|19th||2007||Tewodros Shiferaw (ETH)||1:03:01||Jane Muia (KEN)||1:10:26|
|20th||2008||Tom Payne (GBR)||1:05:48||Birhan Dagne (GBR)||1:14:18|
|21st||2009||Ezekiel Cherop (KEN)||1:03:25||Claire Hallissey (GBR)||1:12:03|
|22nd||2010||Edwin Kipyego (KEN)||1:03:08||Claire Hallissey (GBR)||1:12:02|
|23rd||2011||Edwin Kipyego (KEN)||1:03:20||Gemma Steel (GBR)||1:13:32|
|24th||2012||Pius Ondoro Dominic (KEN)||1:02:51||Emily Biwott (KEN)||1:11:22|
|25th||2013||Bernard Rotich (KEN)||1:03:56||Emma Stepto (GBR)||1:13:40|
|26th||2014||Ben Siwa (UGA)||1:03:55||Gladys Yator (KEN)||1:13:01|
- "Bristol Half Marathon: Male runner dies". BBC News. 11 September 2011.
- Billed as the 'Cabot 500 Run Through History'
- "Bristol Half Marathon: Male runner dies". BBC Bristol. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- Bristol half marathon: Race history
- Bristol Half Marathon
- Bristol half marathon winner Claire can run even faster, says coach. 12. September 2009
- Official Website
- BBC race coverage
- bristolhalfmarathon.co.uk (unofficial Bristol Half Marathon website, Internet Archive)