Rio hero Emily to star 2016 Bristol half marathon

BRISTOL & West AC star Emily Diamond has been unveiled as the honorary starter for the 2016 Great Bristol half marathon at the end of the month.

The invite came following her superb bronze medal with the GB women’s 4x400m relay squad at the Rio Olympics having also reached the semi finals of the individual event.

Emily will be on the start line to encourage and inspire the expected 10,000 runners as they get on their way on Sunday 25 September.

“The Olympics has been a really incredible experience for me, and I hope I can bring some of that Rio magic home with me to inspire BristoliaLilyOwsley&EmilyDiamondns taking part in the Great Bristol Half Marathon,” said Emily (pictured with Lily Owsley, the GB hockey gold medallist).

“I’m looking forward to seeing the thousands of people cheering and waving as they set off through the city centre.  Whether people are running, jogging or walking, I hope they have been inspired by Team GBs performance to give it their best shot. “

The event will get underway at 9:30AM on Anchor Road; the 13.1-mile course will take runners along the Portway, through the stunning Avon Gorge, twice under Clifton Suspension Bridge and around the old city before returning to the Harbourside.

Project Manager Andy Graffin, from event organiser the Great Run Company said: “We’re thrilled to have Emily on board as honorary starter of the event, her incredible performance in Rio had us on the edge of our seats.

“We know our runners will want congratulate her and catch a glimpse of that all important Olympic bling, and we’re sure she will be able to give them some top tips to enjoy their own finish line moment.”

Entries for the Great Bristol half marathon are still open, so if you’ve been inspired this summer, enter now at





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