Frequently asked questions

Answers to some popular queries around the Great Bristol 10K.

Who can register

Can I enter if I plan to walk the route?

This event is open to anyone and any ability. The event is advertised as a run and we have put in place lots of support to encourage everyone to take on that challenge. However, if you feel more comfortable jogging or walking, or completing the distance using a combination of the two, that is also welcomed. We will be able to support all new runners through training plans which will help you build up to the 10k distance. To aid this, we will coordinate run groups for all levels, all of which will be peer led.

What if I have disability that limits my mobility?

We would love anyone with any disability to join in with the event and are keen for as many people as possible to be included. We just ask that you make sure you flag your disability and any need for extra support on the online booking form so that we can make sure these are catered for.

Can we enter as a group?

Each participant needs to enter individually via the website; but you can run as a group on the day within our red and maroon wave.

I am not sure of my running ability; will I be able to keep up if I join one of the groups running sessions?

It is recommended that you attend one of the beginner sessions to start with if you are unsure of how you will manage. These groups will accommodate all abilities and speeds and you will never be too slow. You might not necessarily be able to run or jog for the duration of the first session but this is normal and the programme is designed to build up slowly to full distance on race day. These sessions are here to help everyone improve.

I have friends or family who are not university employees or students, can they join the group?

The discounted rate is only available to students, staff and alumni of UWE Bristol.

If you have contacts that have entered the event with Great Bristol 10K and would like to join the wave please contact with the title ‘Non-Uni Runner’ stating:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • GBR Unique reference numbers
  • T-shirt size (Please note that t-shirts are unisex and will cost £6.00).


I am a new runner, what support can I get?

UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union at UWE has increased its offer of group run training especially for the event. We have collated a list of run leaders and sessions that will be running on a weekly basis.

Are there any other programmes offered by UWE Bristol which may help me get fit for the run?

Aside from the free run groups and training plans, UWE Bristol Sport offers a range of programmes and activities which can help to prepare your mind and body for the run. For more information go to UWE Bristol Sport. Alternatively, the MOVE programme provides access to a range of activities from Aerial Hoop to Yoga.

Post-registration – what next

Once I have signed up and paid for my entry online what happens next?

You will be added to our #TEAMUWEBristol mail out where you will be contacted regularly with training and other relevant information. We will also send your email address to the race organisers who will email you from around 6-8 weeks before the event date.

This email will contain a link to redeem your entry token. This token will need to be redeemed to confirm your UWE Bristol entry into the Great Bristol 10K and generate your personalised race number otherwise you will not be able to run. You must follow the link and instructions provided and complete this in full. Once you have processed your entry token with the Great Run Company; you will be able to collect your #TEAMUWEBristol T-shirt and race pack at one of our collection days.

Do I have to wear the red t-shirt which is provided?

The red t-shirt is included in the price you pay and is an integral part of creating the Two Universities, One City wave impact. Therefore, anyone accessing our discount will be expected to wear the t-shirt during the start of the run. If you wish to wear other items of kit relating to your team or charity, that is fine as long as you are sporting the red t-shirt as well.

What will our start time be on event day?

Our aim is to have a wave of 1,000 runners who will start the race together. If runners decide to then race at their own pace this is fine. Our wave start time is yet to be confirmed by the Great Run Company but we will communicate this as soon as it is available.

Where will we meet on the day?

We will be hosting a specific UWE Bristol wave meeting point before the event and taking our mass entry over collectively, the location will be confirmed in due course. Most people will meet us here; however, you are able to come and meet us at the race start point directly should you wish.

Refunds/raising money

I have just signed up for the race and realised that I am away on the race day, please can I have a refund?

Once your payment is accepted, your fee is not refundable unless supported by a doctor's note. If this is the case, please send a doctor's note and covering letter stating that you would like to be withdrawn from the event to: You will also be able to sell your entry on to a University staff/student member up until 3 April 2020, however you must inform us and send details of the new runner to the above email.

I have already paid as an individual runner through the Great Run. If I take part as team member with the university, can I get a refund for the difference between the full price and the discounted price, please?

Yes, this year you are able to. Please email with confirmation of the purchase and the email address used to make the booking with the Great Run Company.

Which charities can I raise money for?

You don’t have to raise money for charity, but we would like to help you if that’s something you would like to do. You can raise money for any selected charity you choose but we ask that you register with our Raising and Giving team so that we can keep track of how much money is raised across the board. Contact with the title ‘Bristol 10K fundraising’.


I don’t want to run but would like to volunteer, is this possible?

If you would like to be involved in any way, as well as or instead of, running in the event, please contact We have a group of volunteer run leaders and supporters for the running groups as well as a group of administration volunteers who are assisting with on the day logistics.

Terms and Conditions: UWE Bristol Red Wave Data

Your core data will be shared in full with the Great Run Company. You will receive essential information emails from the Great Run Company and UWE Bristol. You can also opt in to receive regular newsletters relating to the Bristol 10k which will provide you with information, promotions and inspiration. Please read the UWE Bristol Privacy Policy for more information.

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