Run for us! We’d love you to support the RUH at the Great Bristol Half Marathon!

Take part in the Great Bristol Half Marathon for The Forever Friends Appeal and help make a real difference to patients and their families at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Do something special today and choose to support our major campaigns, Special Appeals or any other area in the hospital that is close to your heart.

Make a difference today!

The course starts and finishes in Bristol’s historic Harbourside. The scenic, sea-level route takes runners past the Harbourside, out and back along the Portway, through the stunning Avon Gorge, and twice under Bristol’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, along Cumberland Road then around the old city before returning to Anchor Road.

With an electric atmosphere and music at 10 points along the course, your journey to the finish line will be truly special!

Get a place today!

Get a place direct from the event organiser.

Already got a place?

If you already have a place you can still join our team.

If you already have a place and paid your entry fee through the event organiser you can join our team as an Own Place runner. There’s no minimum fundraising target, just raise as much as you can. To secure your place with the event organiser please visit the Great Bristol Half Marathon website.

Step 1

Once you’ve secured your own place with the event organiser, please let us know by filling in our online independent place form.

You can raise sponsorship for our major campaignsspecial appeals or any other area in the hospital, it’s up to you!

Step 2

When we’ve received your form we’ll send you a fabulous vest, sponsor forms and our fundraising guide full of top tips to maximise your fundraising.

If you wanted to start fundraising now, please go ahead! JustGiving is the online sponsorship platform we recommend to all our fundraisers. It’s quick to set up and simple to use.

  • Your friends and family can sponsor at the click of a button
  • You can keep track of donations
  • No need to use a sponsorship form
  • Your sponsorship will automatically be sent to us – you don’t need to do anything

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

How much is the entry fee?

It costs £25 per person – this includes registrations for under 18’s (£20 early-bird fee until 3rd December 2018).

What happens if I can’t raise the suggested minimum sponsorship of £100?

Although we want you to raise as much as possible, it is only a suggested sponsorship level.  We won’t mind if you don’t quite reach the full amount, but please try as best as you can –the more you raise, the more you will support patients.

Can you help me with any advice on raising as much money as possible?

When you complete registration, we will send you a Walk of Life fundraising pack full of lots of fundraising hints and advice, as well as some walking tips. We are happy to help and answer any questions you may have, so just give the Events Team a call/email! Details will be within the pack.

What will my fundraising go towards?

It’s up to you! When you register you will be asked where you would like your sponsorship allocated. You can choose to fundraise for any ward or department that is close to your heart, or one of our major campaigns – #TherapiesMatter, Cancer Care etc.

Is the Walk of Life women only?

Definitely not!  We have lots of men take part each year.

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes. The walking marathon (26.2 miles) is restricted to participants aged 13 and over. The 10 mile section is restricted to participants aged 10 and over. In exceptional circumstances, and where permission and relevant evidence is provided by a parent/guardian, we may grant entry to those under this age. Please contact the event organiser Laura Pearce ( / 01225 821535) to discuss, prior to registering.

Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (age 18+) at all times. The participant under the age of 18 and the guardian must both register for the event, for the same distance and by completing registration, the parent/guardian agrees to the Walk of Life Terms and Conditions for the child’s participation.

How far is the walk?

*Please be aware that all mileage is approximate and has been measured on several occasions, in different ways by our Events Team. Distance will vary slightly, depending on the app/watch/other technology you are using to track your distance.*

The full marathon walk from Bishops Cannings to Bath is 26.2 miles.  The afternoon section from Bradford on Avon to Bath is 10 miles.

Do I need to train?

Yes. It does not matter if you are an experienced walker or have never done anything like this before, as long as you put in the training. It is designed to be challenging but achievable if you’ve prepared well.

When and where does the walk start?

For the full walking marathon, you will need to arrive at The Crown Inn, Bishops Cannings by 7.30am to attend our Welcome Briefing and fun warm up. We’ll then set you off from 8am. For the afternoon 10 mile walk, you will need to arrive in Victory Field, Bradford on Avon by 12.30pm to attend our Welcome Briefing and fun warm up. We’ll then set you off from 1pm. Please note these timings are subject to change and we may need to introduce a staggered start, depending on final numbers. We will let you know final details in a dedicated walk mailing a few weeks before the event takes place.

How long is the walk expected to take?

It really depends on your fitness levels.  From our seven years’ experience, some people complete the full 26.2 miles by 2.30pm, others don’t finish until 6.30pm.

Will there be toilets along the way?

Yes! We will be arranging for our walkers to be able to access a number of toilets along the way, particular within pubs along the towpath. There are also a number of public toilets. You will be sent a Walker Pack a month or so before the event, which will include a map detailing where these will be.

What about water and food on the day?

Please bring your own water bottle that we can refill for you throughout the day. We also recommend you bring any snacks you’ve tried and tested beforehand. There will be a number of GoodNess stops along the route with goodies (flapjacks, fruit etc.) and plenty of water so that you can fill up your water bottle. At our lunchtime base in Bradford on Avon, we hope to have a food vendor on site where you can buy a hot lunch, or you’re more than welcome to bring along a picnic. Further details about this will be sent out with your Walk Pack, a month or so before the event.

Can I form a team for the walk?

Absolutely!  You could take part with lots of your colleagues, or perhaps you have a close group of friends that would like to walk together. You will need to register as individuals, then just drop us an email if you are planning to fundraise as a group.

Will my friends and family be able to come and cheer me over the finish line?

Yes of course – the more the merrier!  The finish line is at the Holburne Museum in Bath.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome but we ask that they are kept on a lead at all times. Owners are responsible for keeping their dogs under control and bringing doggy bags!

How will I get home at the end of the walk?

We would suggest that you ask a friend or family member to come and collect you – and of course cheer you over the finishing line at the same time!  If you need advice on train and bus schedules, just give us a call and we’ll help you find all the information you need.

Am I required to have health insurance?

We recommend personal health insurance for each participant and/or seek professional medical advice, particularly if you have any concerns with regards to the challenge. Our medical team can only provide basic first aid services. All walkers must agree to the Walk of Life Terms and Conditions before they will be allowed on the walk.

If I don’t want to take part in the event can I volunteer to help instead?

Yes please! We are always looking for volunteers to help marshal the route or help out at our GoodNess stops. Please give the Events Team a call on 01225 821535 to have a chat

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