Great Bristol Run 2022: Race organiser praises city’s ‘buzzing atmosphere’ in bumper event

Bristol World spoke to the event’s director and some runners on the start line

This year’s Great Bristol Run was a resounding success with more than 15,000 runners taking over the city centre.

Thousands lined the routes to cheer on those taking part in the family run, 10k, and half marathon.

“It was fantastic to see the streets of Bristol come alive with thousands of runners, each taking on their individual challenges, including many raising much-needed funds for charity,” said the event director, Andy Graffin.

“There is always a buzzing atmosphere at the Great Bristol Run and I would like to thank everyone who took part – whether running, volunteering or spectating – for making this the biggest celebration of running in the South West for yet another year.”

Jacob Brockmann of Thames Hare and Hounds running club took first place in the men’s half-marathon with a finish time of 1:10:40, with Brett Halliwell taking second in 1:11:21 and Kieran Morris taking third in 1:12:00.

The women’s half-marathon race was won by Charlotte Taylor with a time of 1:15:49, followed by

Justine Lynch with 1:21:44 and Kelly Dicks coming in third in 01:22:24.

However, most people taking part were not aiming for first place. They were happy just to complete any of the routes for themselves, a loved one or a charity.

Toby Hunt Jennings before the half marathon.

Speaking before the half marathon, Toby told Bristol World he was raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support after being diagnosed with the condition one year ago.

“A year ago I had cancer myself and have had family members affected by it - we recently lost a Godmother to cancer, others I know have had it or still going through it and I’m raising money for them.

“I am hoping to finish in 2.30hrs, this is my first one (half marathon) and I haven’t really prepared so we will see how it goes.”

Toby clocked in at a time of 2.12.51.

To donate towards his fundraiser, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jess-titcomb1

Tony and Joanne Stanley met at Bristol University, 46 years ago.

Couple, Tony, 64, and Joanne Stanley, 62, were returning to the city after meeting at the University of Bristol 46 years ago, with Joanne celebrating her 62nd birthday the day prior.

“We have done a few half marathons before, most recently the Reykjavik event, in Iceland, in June,” Tony explained.

“We are doing this one to come back to visit Bristol after attending university here, we have come down from Shropshire.

“We are both hoping to finish around the 2-hour mark.”

Tony crossed the line after 2.08.09 with Joanne just behind him, clocking in 2.08.52.

To get reminders for when registration opens to take part in next year’s Great Bristol Run, visit https://support.greatrun.org/reminderservice/