Race Information

Colchester Stampede Half Marathon – Sunday 10th October 2021

Address: Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0SL

(If using the app What3Words, use the words ///toads.dream.mute ffor exact event village location.)

Start Time: 9:00am
**Please note that there is a 3 hour cut off time due to the road closures! If you have any concerns regarding the cut off time please contact us at [email protected]**

Race Packs

If you entered before Wednesday 29th September, you will receive a race pack in the post. If you entered after this date, a pack will be waiting for you to collect on the day. If you are expecting a pack in the post and do not receive it by Friday 8th October, please contact us.

If you are collecting your race pack, please make your way to the registration desks between 7:30 – 8:30 am. It will take around 10 minutes to collect number and drop your bag off. The earlier you get there, the more efficient we will be on the day.

We will have queue markers on the floor, so please ensure when queuing you are 2m from another runner.


When you receive your race packs, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the brief runner Information form which can be found printed on the back of your bib. This will help us greatly in case of an emergency!

Race Start 

After the warm up, estimated finish times will be called to the starting pen where our marshals will guide you into a start formation.

Please listen closely to all marshal instructions and remember to keep a safe distance from the runners around you. 


Address: Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0SL

(If using the app What3Words, use the words ///code.blame.poems for exact event village location.)

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 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.

Colchester Zoo is situated on Maldon Road in Stanway.

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 524524MCS
Minicab Services – 01206 544444
Lucky 6 Taxis – 01206 666666

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


For this event we will use portable toilets. Lining up for these toilets will be socially distanced. If you live locally we recommend using toilets at home.


Colchester Zoo has reserved a limited number of tickets for friends & family of the runners to visit Colchester Zoo on the 10th October 2021.

These tickets are available on a first come first serve basis for paying guests at the discounted rate of 20% off. Those with Zoo Passes are not required to book and are able to arrive on the day and present their valid pass.

Spectator tickets can be purchased here.

Hygiene Stations

There will be multiple hygiene stations around the event village and start/finish area for all participants to use throughout the event. These will have hand sanitiser, tissue and bins for the disposal of any litter.


Please limit the number of belongings you bring to the event. 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 self-service bag drop area within the event village for runners who need it.


Dogs are not permitted within the event village or zoo.

During the race

We will have marshals all around the course as well as mile 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.

See course map online HERE.

Spitting and nasal clearance during the race is NOT permitted.


There will be water provided at the 2.5 mile, 7 mile and 11.5 mile marks. Water will also be available at the finish line. Please bring your own water to the event to avoid congestion on the course. We recommend staying hydrated in the lead up to the event.

After the race

Do NOT stop within the finish area. Please continue through the finish until you pass the medals and are in an open space.

There will be sealed ACTIPH water bottles at the finish for each runner to collect along with your medal, Love Corn, and Kind Snack bar which will be laid out on tables for you to help yourself.

Good Luck with the run from Team ACTIPHACTIPH Water is the UK’s first alkaline ionised bottled water with the highest pH in Europe. Through a unique ionisation process, our purified spring water is infused with a blend of electrolytes and supercharged to create a smooth and clean tasting alkaline water with a pH9+. 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. All ACTIPH bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA free including the cap and label which makes us unique to other bottled waters and we believe gives us a clear sustainability advantage. Please remember to recycle in a recycling bin after the race. Take your hydration to a higher level and grab a bottle of ACTIPH at the finish line.

KIND® is more than just a name. It’s a commitment: to making snack bars that don’t compromise. Just the very best ingredients. Full of wholesome nutrients. And always packed with flavour. They have kindly donated some of their delicious bars for you all to try after your race! To find out more about KIND and their products, head to their website HERE.  Please be aware this product contains nuts.

Love Corn have kindly provided some post race goodies for you all to try and can be collected from the finish line alongside water, bananas and of course flapjacks! To check out more of their product, see their website HERE.

Zoo Entry

All runners will be able to claim their free Zoo entry on the day of the race after you finish by showing your medal to the staff at the entrance. In order to gain entry to the Zoo you will need to show your medal.

Please be advised there may be a short queue when waiting to enter the Zoo.

All food & drink outlets within the Zoo are also open for takeaway only, and runners can claim 20% off (except from the sweet shop) when showing their medal at the outlets.

Runners Need


At Runners Need we run to feel alive. To leave behind whatever holds us back and find that release, that calm and clarity, that focus. We all know a run changes your day – but it also has the power to change your life. We wish you a great race full of fun and enjoyment. Let’s run together.

If you need a last minute item before the event we are delighted to be able to offer all participants of RunThrough events in 2021 a 15% discount* at Runners Need which can be used in-store with your race entry confirmation or online using the code AF-RT15.

T’s & C’s can be HERE.


Make your miles count, and run for Team Macmillan. Click here to set up your JustGiving page and help us do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.

RT Kit

If you have purchased an item of RT Kit with your race entry, please head to the RT Kit stall on the day of your race, with your email order confirmation and we will have your item ready for collection!


Results will be available on www.colchesterstampede.com 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.


We recommend downloading the NHS COVID-19 App onto your phone if you haven’t already before the race. Find out more HERE.

Free lateral flow tests are now being offered by the Government for everybody in the community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These can even be ordered to your home, further information can be found HERE.

If you had any further questions please take a look at our COVID-19 specific FAQ’s page HERE or contact us by email at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Colchester Stampede Team 🙂