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Colchester Stampede Half Marathon
Join us for the unique opportunity to run the Colchester Stampede Half Marathon at Colchester Zoo. The Zoo is one of Europe’s finest, set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes, with over 260 rare species, many part of breeding programmes.
The event, which supports the charity Action for the Wild, starts in the heart of the Zoo between the rhinos, giraffes, zebras and elephants, and will run through the Zoo for 1k before heading out onto closed roads, finishing back inside the Zoo.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to road closures in place for this event there is a strict 3 hour cut off time!
NB - --- This is the postponed event from Otober 2020 due to ongoing concerns regarding Coronavirus. The race organiser will be in touch with you in due course if you have made a booking for this event. ---
Half Marathon£34 CLOSED
All marshals and staff within the event and around the course will be issued with PPE and wear gloves and a mask for the duration of the event.
As many race packs will be posted out ahead of the event as possible and event communications will be sent via email in the lead up.
There will not be a formal baggage drop within the event village, please limit the number of belongings you bring to the event and leave anything in the car during the race to reduce contact between runners and staff. If this is not possible, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be multiple hygiene stations around the event with hand sanitiser for all runners.
You will see clear signage around the event village, please follow all signage and instructions from the marshals before, during and after the race.
There will be a manned, and clearly marked, medical hub within the event village.
DURING THE RACE
The race will start in waves based on your estimated finish time, with the faster runners at the start and slower near the back to avoid any congestion and the need to overtake on course.
There will be an informal grab and go water station with sealed sports top bottles on the course, however we ask that you stay hydrated before the event and if you are able to please bring your own. Bottles and camelbacks are permitted.
If you need to overtake on the course please give a wide berth of at least 1 meter around any runners.
Spitting and nasal clearance during the race is not permitted.
AFTER THE RACE
Do not stop within the finish barriers. Please continue past the finish until you pass the medals and are in an open space.
We ask that once you have collected your medal and water to leave the event village as soon as possible to avoid groups congregating within the event village.
FREE Colchester Zoo Entry (worth £22.99)
Colchester Zoo, Maldon Rd, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0SL
We recommend you arrive as early as possible, as with many large sporting events there will be traffic coming into the venue. Please plan your journey accordingly!
By Car: The postcode for the event is: CO3 0SL. Colchester Zoo is located just South of Colchester.
Take the A1124 exit (Junction 26) off the main A12 following the brown elephant signs and using the new Stanway Western Bypass.
From the M25: About 40 minutes from Junction 28 of the M25 to reach the A12
From Southend: About 1 hour journey, 40 miles using A127 and A130 to reach the A12
From Hertfordshire: About 1 hour journey – 50 miles using A414 or A120 to reach the A12
From Stansted Airport: About 50 minutes journey, 30 miles using A120 to reach the A12. For car hire from Stansted Airport www.budget-stansted.com
By Rail: The nearest stations are Colchester North and Marks Tey.
We advise planning your journey before the race to ensure you arrive at the train station with as much time as possible. Colchester North and Marks Tey train station are a 4 mile walk from the start line.
There are taxi services you can contact; we’d recommend booking them well in advance.
Taxi 555 - 01206 524524
MCS Minicab Services - 01206 544444
Lucky 6 Taxis - 01206 666666
Please note - timings may change, these are provisional only. Full details will be emailed closer to the event date.
The car park will open at 6:45am and we would advise arriving before 7:30am to avoid queuing into the carpark. Please expect a short queue if arriving after 7:45am. There will be plenty of FREE parking available for all runners and spectators next to the event village.
Baggage: The car park is located next to the start and finish line and we recommend leaving any belongings in your car. There will be an informal baggage drop located within the Event Village. If you wish to use the baggage drop, please collect a baggage label from the information desk and attach it to your bag before handing it in. You will need to show your race number again when collecting your bag.
Toilets: There will be portaloos within the Event Village.
Refreshments: There will be water provided at the 5k point of the race, and there will also be water available at the finish.
During the race: We will have marshals all around the course as well as km signs and arrows.
Results: Results will be available on the website after the race.
Pictures: We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race and they will be on Facebook after the race so be sure to check it out and see if you can spot yourself.
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