Colchester Zoo Stampede Half Marathon

Colchester, Essex

Organiser's Description

Join us for the unique opportunity to run the Colchester Stampede Half Marathon on October 6th 2019 at Colchester Zoo.
The event, which supports the charity Action for the Wild, will run through the Zoo for 1k before heading out onto the closed roads before finishing back inside the Zoo. The Zoo is proudly listed in the top 2 zoos in the UK and listed as 11th best zoo around the world as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions.

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  • Half Marathon
    £34 BOOK

– FREE Colchester Zoo Entry (worth £22.99)

– Themed Medal

– T-Shirt

– Chip Timing

– Goodie Bag

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Rd, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0SL

By Rail
The nearest stations are: Colchester North and Marks Tey.
Colchester North and Marks Tey train station are a 4 mile walk from the start line.

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.

Colchester Zoo is situated on Maldon Road in Stanway.
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.

We will have marshals all around the course as well as km signs and arrows. The course will run through the Zoo, then out onto the closed roads for the 10k course before finishing back inside the Zoo.

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Lovely route albeit a bit hilly!

It was pouring down with rain at this years Colchester stampede half marathon but the organisers and volunteers were still out in full force with smiles on their faces. Lovely route on flat closed off roads and nice to start in the zoo by the elephants! There are small hills throughout with gentle inclines, nothing too challenging however the last mile is a bit of a killer with a much larger hill just before entering back into the zoo where there are a few sharp corners and steep small hills approaching the finish line. The last mile is usually where I like to sprint it out so this was pretty difficult but all in all a great race!

Kathryn-Marie Nunn / Oct 07, 2019

A well organised event

Well organised and marked out route just needed better post race facilities so could change out of race kit as it rained heavily during run

Jonathan Denton / Oct 07, 2019

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