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Colchester Zoo Stampede Half Marathon

Colchester Zoo Stampede Half Marathon

Colchester, Essex

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

Sun 2nd October 2022

Starting at 09:00

2 races

£36.00 - £48.00

Organiser's Description

Join us for the unique opportunity to run the Colchester Stampede Half Marathon on October 2nd 2022 at Colchester Zoo.

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to road closures in place for this event there is a strict 3 hour cut off time!
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.


  • Half Marathon


  • Half Marathon + Event T-Shirt




  • Half Marathon


  • Half Marathon + Event T-Shirt



What's Included

– FREE Colchester Zoo Entry (worth £22.99)

– NEW Unique Themed Medal

– T-Shirt (optional add on for £12)

– Chip Timing

– Goodie Bag

How to Get There

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’s journey, 40 miles using A127 and A130 to reach the A12

From Hertfordshire: About 1 hour’s 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

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.

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 if this does not work for you, we’d recommend contacting and booking them well in advance.

The numbers for local services can be found here:

Taxi 555 - 01206 524524

MCS Minicab Services - 01206 544444

Lucky 6 Taxis - 01206 666666

Course Details

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.

on the day information


The car park is located next to the start and finish line and we therefore 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 to ensure each bag is reunited with its rightful owner.

Cut Off Time

3 hours due to the road closures in place


There will be portaloos within the event village.


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. The course will run through the Zoo, then out onto the closed roads for the half marathon course before finishing back inside the Zoo.


Results will be available on the website after the race.


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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3 reviews


·4 months ago

Was great race, was nice to start and finish in the zoo all the animals were out so got see them and get picture if wanted. Marshals were really good fully enthusiasm and encouragement but I think it could have done with a second water station on the run itself. Looking forward to next years

·3 years ago

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!

·3 years ago

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


Colchester, Essex


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