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Colchester Zoo Stampede - Half Marathon!

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Colchester Zoo Access on Sunday 9th September 2018

Road Closures

On the 9th September roads surrounding Colchester Zoo will be closed for the Colchester Stampede Half marathon however please be assured that the zoo will still be accessible for visitors.

Between 9.00am – 1.00pm access to Colchester Zoo will remain accessible however it will not be possible to go past the Zoo in the direction of tiptree, please be aware that diversions will be in place and so your journey may take a little longer than planned. Roads will reopen to usual as soon as the race concludes to ensure safety of the runners and the public road users.

Zoo Closures

As part of the race, the runners will be running some of the course through the zoo, with the start line being between Kingdom of the Wild and Elephant Kingdom and continue for a short distance around the lower area of the zoo before heading out on to local roads, they will then return running through the lower end of the zoo to cross the finish line!

Visitors will be able to support the runners at a limited number of points in the zoo so do look out for them and cheer them on as they pass!

Some areas of the zoo will be cordoned off throughout the morning as the race takes place, the route will effect the following areas: 
- The path which runs past 'Koi Niwa'
- The slope outside our elephant indoor house (elephants will still be visible in their outside paddock)
- The path which runs past the aardvarks and around the lake
- The path which continues past the Amur tigers

Please be aware that whilst the indoor elephant house is closed the 'African Safari Ride' will not be available, the Lost Madacasar Express Road Train will also be closed on the day of the race until midday. 
Catering outlets next to Tiger Taiga will also be closed until midday. We apologise for any inconvience caused and thank you for your cooperation. 

If you are a runner taking part in the event why not treat yourself to a post run snack! Enjoy 20% off in all of our catering outlets when you show your bib or medal!*
*Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, discount not available in 'The Sweet Shop'. 

The Colchester Stampede is being organised by RunthroughUK with donations to Colchester Zoo’s charity Action for the Wild.

Thank you for your cooperation whilst this event takes place.


5.00pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admission to zoo grounds at 4.00pm

Click here for further closing times


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