Bake Off star Briony has recipe for perfect Great Bristol 10K
The Great Run Company, organisers of the Great Bristol 10K, expect an early sell-out for their Sunday 3 May west of England classic race. Entries are up 44% on 2019 and Great Run are advising early sign-up to guarantee a place on the start line.
7,000 have already registered for the mid-spring event that enjoys one of the most dramatic routes in the country; highlights include historic Bristol Harbour and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. That number includes Briony Williams (pictured above) who recently won the Great Christmas Bake Off and is running as an ambassador for Bristol University’s Healthy Minds initiative.
Briony said: “Bristol University are promoting the idea that exercise is beneficial for mental health, and this resonates with me as if I run it helps keep my mental health on track and I feel so much better. Now I’m the ambassador for this initiative and taking part in the 10k and half marathon as a result, it means I’m back in training.
"When you’re signed up for a running event it is the best motivation to take the time to train, and there’s plenty of time for anyone thinking about taking part in the 10k. I only started running in 2017 but it changed my life because of the positive effects it has had on my physical and mental health. Being from Bristol, it is always lovely to participate in a hometown run. Bring it on!”
Another lady who always looks forward to Bristol's Great Runs is This Mum Runs founder Mel Bound. Mel said: "The Great Run Bristol 10K and Half Marathon are huge highlights in the This Mum Runs Bristol calendar. Hundreds of women in our community take part every year, and often it's their first-ever race. The events are hugely welcoming to all abilities and the atmosphere along the course is brilliant. We can't wait!"
Maybe the biggest names set to be in attendance at this year's Great Bristol 10K are movie icons... Wallace & Gromit! The comic duo will be representing the Grand Appeal whose Nathan Fowler said: “It’s huge for us having the relationship with the Great Run company. We love the family run, which follows on immediately after the 10k as it is an opportunity for families to get together, run a mile; plus children get to have the big finish line experience when they receive a medal as well."
Nathan continued: "Patients from the Bristol Children’s Hospital can come along and enjoy the positive atmosphere too. Wallace and Gromit will be setting everyone off at the start of the family mile this year and cheering them on. Last year’s 10k and family run combined raised an incredible £26,000 which supports The Grand Appeal in its work to save lives and support sick children and their families."
Great Run's Andy Graffin summed up the appeal of Great Bristol 10K: “The Great Bristol events are a highlight in our annual calendar as they have such a unique feeling whether you’re taking part or watching from the crowd, the people of Bristol are proud and this is felt along the course and around the harbourside afterwards, which makes for a great experience for everyone on the day."
There's still time to get in shape for Bristol's running event of the year – for training advice visit the event website for plans and tips.