Frenchay 10k is back for 40th race

April 08 2022

ONE of the country's oldest 10k races is back after two years away.

The Frenchay 10k will be run for the 40th time on April 24, with hundreds of people of a wide range of ages and abilities set to help raise money for two charities.

For the past 20 years it has started from the UWE Glenside campus at Blackberry Hill in Fishponds.

This year it will once again start and finish at the campus, with runners getting underway at 11am on April 24. 

The course starts with a circuit of the campus grounds, followed by a run through the surrounding area, down Blackberry Hill and through Oldbury Court, onto Gill Avenue then goes down Frenchay Road to Frenchay Bridge, up to Frenchay common, along Frenchay Park Road and into Broom Hill before returning
to the UWE grounds for the finish.

The race was founded after a Frenchay resident, John Honeywell, attended a talk given by pioneering Frenchay Hospital neurosurgeon Hugh Coakham about brain tumour surgery in 1979.

Frenchay 10k is back for 40th race

John and his friend John Laurie decided to raise some money to fund his research, and the following year the first ever Frenchay 10k was run. The event raised money for the same cause for seven years, until funding of the research was taken over by a national charity.

Since then a variety of local charities have been helped. This year two good causes will share the money: Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service, which provides a free 'bloodbikes' out of hours motorbike courier service for hospitals, and Ronald McDonald House Bristol, which provides free 'home from home' accommodation and support to families of critically ill children being treated at Bristol Children's Hospital.

All the proceeds from the race, minus costs, are donated each year to the charities, which provide volunteer marshals on the day.

Since the first race almost £175,000 has been raised in total for charities. 

The inaugural event had 120 contestants and numbers have risen over the years to an average of 600 per year, with organisers hoping for a record field of 700 this year, which will be John Honeywell's last as race director.

Up until 2020 the race had been run every year except for 2001, when restrictions to fight an outbreak of foot and mouth disease among livestock meant it could not go ahead.

With the 2020 and 2021 races also called off due to coronavirus restrictions, this year's race will be the 40th in the event's history.

People can enter online at Entries are also usually accepted on the day, but organisers are encouraging runners to guarantee their place by booking in advance.