Race address: Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0SL 

Start Time: 9:00am
Arrival Time: 6:45am – 7:30am

We recommend arriving at the Event Village between 6:45-7:30am to park, find your bearings and join in the warm up before the race. If you arrive after 7:30am, you can expect to queue into the car park, but we will get you all in as fast as we can.

Race Numbers


You will only need one number attached to the front of your shirt. If you have your own pins then that would be great but we will have supplies if needed from the Information desk. Your timing chip will also be in the envelope, this needs to be attached to your shoe as per the instructions on the back of the chip. Without your chip you will not receive an official time, there will be a £5 charge for lost chips payable on the day that will go to the event charity.

If you have any queries please get in touch on [email protected].

Please make sure you keep your number on at all times during the race. At the finish you can dispose of your chip (we do not need to collect them back). You will find instructions on the back of your chip for how to attach it to your shoe correctly (as below):


The car park is located next to the start and finish line and we therefore recommend leaving any belongings in your car. There will 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.


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.

Good Luck for the run at Colchester Zoo from Team ACTIPHACTIPH Water is the UK’s first alkaline ionised bottled water. Through a unique ionisation process, purified water and a blend of electrolytes are supercharged to create a smooth and clean tasting alkaline water with a pH of 9.0+. ACTIPH is the healthy choice as you restore and maintain your natural balance, enabling you to live life to the fullest and get the most out of every day. Grab your bottle of ACTIPH at the finish line!!

Good luck from Quaker! Quaker Porridge to Go squares contain the same amount of oats as a bowl of porridge* and come in three delicious flavours. Delicious enjoyed hot or cold, Quaker Porridge to Go squares are perfect for a breakfast on the go. Grab your Porridge to Go square at the finish line! *Contains same amount of oats as a 27g sachet of Quaker Oat So Simple porridge. To find our more about Quaker, head to their website HERE.

Eat Natural believe that real taste comes naturally so at our Makery in Essex we gently roast, mix and bake our ingredients in small batches so every bar is the best it can be and tastes just the way it ought to. Keep your eyes peeled for your well-deserved treat in your goodie bag to help you refuel after your run! For more information about East Natural products visit their website HERE.

Post Race

A big thank you to Westlab Salts for donating some of their pure mineral salts for you all to try after the race. Westlab Epsom Salt is the perfect product for sports and fitness enthusiasts or anyone with aching muscles. The tried and tested mineral compound of magnesium sulphate helps detoxify and relax the muscles. Ideal for sports recovery and muscle relaxation after your race! Find out more on their website HERE.

Vitabiotic have kindly supplied samples of their Jointace Gel, an advanced massage gel for healthy joints and muscles, for you all to try post race. Jointace Gel’s unique formula represents a major advance in gels designed to help support sports people and help maintain general joint health. Find out more online HERE.

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 10k course before finishing back inside the Zoo. See course map below and online HERE.

Please note that there is a strict 90 minute cut off time for the 10k distance due to the road closures!


Results will be available on https://www.runchesterzoo.com/ after the race.


We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race and they will be on the Colchester Stampede Facebook page after the race so be sure to check it out and see if you can spot yourself.


Spectators will be able to gain access to the event village, located just outside the Zoo entrance, where they can see you before you head into the Zoo for the start line and will be bale to watch you cross the finish line in the event village.

If your spectators, friends and family are keen to join you in the Zoo after the race take advantage of an exclusive 20% off entry for up to four people! Keep hold of the voucher below and show it at the entry gate on the day of the race to receive the discount.

*Discount voucher redeemable against standard admission for entry on 19th May 2019.

Getting 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 www.budget-stansted.com

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 7:30am. 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

For more information regarding how to get to the zoo visit the site HERE

Things to note

For updates leading up to the race, please check out our Facebook page @ColchesterStampede and use the hashtag #ColchesterStampede on Instagram to share your training progress in the build up to the race!

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at [email protected]