Colchester Stampede: Every road closure as Essex runners prepare for return of popular race

One of the UK’s most unique races is just a few weeks away from returning. Organisers have been busy preparing for the return of the Colchester Stampede and have recently released the final route.

The race – to take place on October 2, and takes you through Colchester Zoo – starts and finishes among the animals as racers run past elephants, tigers, zebra, rhinos, giraffes and more along the way. Racers have the option of two runs, depending on how far you want to go.

The first is the 10km and the second is a half marathon. While both runs start and finish in the zoo, the rest of the route is through some of Colchester’s country roads.

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The entire route is closed to traffic for the duration of the event, meaning it is safe for the runners. There are some hills along the way, notably at 0.8km, 1.8km and 8.8km. The affected roads are Maldon Road, Fountain Lane, Birch Road, Easthorpe Road, and Hardy’s Green.

Course marshalls will be in place from 8.30am. Twenty minutes later (8.50am) the race route to the five mile mark will be closed to vehicles driving against the race flow. Maldon Road will have traffic flow procedures in place throughout the event, starting from 8am.

The route runners will go on for the Colchester Stampede
The route runners will go on for the Colchester Stampede

The race will begin at 9am and at around 11.30am all roads other than Maldon Road will be fully reopened. All runners will have reached Colchester Zoo by 11.45pm with the full course reopened once runners have vacated the highways. By 12.15pm Maldon Road will be back to normal operations.

A letter sent to businesses local to the route said: “We have seen that based on your normal opening hours you are not usually open on Sundays but we wanted to let you know the exact timings of the event in case access was needed to the business on this date.

“As you can see above, all roads will be re-opened by 12.15pm, with certain roads reopening earlier. If emergency access is required on event day whilst the road closures are in place, then we will have contingencies in place to ensure you are able to reach your business in a vehicle, if necessary but it would be great to hear from you regarding the likelihood of this.”


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