Two of the city’s academic institutions are supporting the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10km

University challenge will take on a whole new meaning this year after two of Bristol’s academic institutions signed up to encourage staff, students and alumni to get active at the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10km.

The Universities of Bristol and the West of England have both pledged to commit teams of hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers at the annual 10km, which takes place on May 5, Bank Holiday weekend.

Kirsty Tomlinson, varsity events manager for the two institutions, welcomes the partnership with Great Run and said: “The Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10km is a huge event for the city and we are delighted to be a part of it. Initiatives such as this, which will help and encourage our students and staff to get more active, are great for us and exercise helps both physical and mental well-being.”

Professor Hugh Brady, vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol, said: “With our strong commitment to providing opportunities for exercise and activity for everyone in our community, we are delighted to partner with UWE and The Great Run Company in the 2019 Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10km.

“Running has so many recognised health benefits, both physical and mental, and we are looking forward to bringing a diverse and enthusiastic group of students, staff and alumni to the harbourside on the 5 May to take part with our city in this fantastic event.”

With hundreds of people expected to represent the two universities, a special start wave is being planned and the teams will be sporting their respective university colours.

David Hart, partnerships director for The Great Run Company, said “Bristol is a city famous for its universities and we are really pleased they are to become part of this fantastic event. We know from partnerships with other universities across the UK that the motivation of an event can really make a difference.”

This year’s 10km, which is expected to see over 12,000 people take to the streets of the city, passes some of Bristol’s most famous landmarks as it sets off from the historic harbour taking in Avon Gorge, the iconic Clifton suspension bridge and the Gothic St Mary Redcliffe Church before finishing back on Anchor Road.

To sign up to the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10km visit greatrun.org/bristol10k