RUN ALTON TOWERS 5K & HALF MARATHON
SUNDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2022
Alton Towers, Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 4DB
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS FREE PARKING ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
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The Event Village and car park will be open from 7:00am, with the monorail operating from 7:30am.
We recommend you arrive as early as possible, as with many large sporting events there will be traffic coming into the venue. Please aim to enter the car park between 7am and 8am.
Half Marathon – 10:00am
5k – 10:20am
If you’ve entered before Monday 24th October you should receive your race pack in the post.
If you entered after this date (or haven’t received your race pack in the post before the race), please make your way down to the collection desks on the morning of the race. These will be located just outside the turnstiles.
It will take around 30 minutes to collect your number, so please arrive early.
You will only need one number attached to the front of your shirt.
Your timing chip will be attached to the bottom of your race bib and needs to be attached to your shoe as per the instructions on the back of the chip. Please make sure you keep your number on at all times during the race.
Your race pack will include a ticket for your entry to the Theme park, you will require this to get through the turnstiles.
At the finish, you can dispose of your chip (we do not need to collect them back).
Bibs will be Red for 5k, Green for 10k, White for Half Marathon, and Black for the kids race. If you’ve entered multiple distances, please ensure you’re wearing the correct colour for each event.
Half Marathon – 7:30am-9:30am
5k – 7:50am- 9:50am
There will be a warm up in the event village at 9:40am. This will be for both races.
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 be patient and line up only when your time is called forward, there won’t be access to the start lines, prior to this time.
During the Race
The Half Marathon follows an undulating 2-lap course within the iconic Alton Towers resort. Starting and finishing outside the Towers, the route begins with a loop of the Dark Forest, which includes the rides TH13TEEN and Rita. The route then passes in front of the Towers and into X-Sector around Oblivion and the Smiler, before going past the lake into CBeebies Land, where you’ll meet characters like the Teletubbies! You’ll then pass Mutiny Bay (and some angry pirates) and through Katanga Canyon, before making your way down to Nemesis. You’ll then leave the resort for a section around the car parks and internal road network, before turning back into the resort at Galactica, and into the creepy Haunted Hollow. A final loop around the Dark Forest brings you back to the Towers for the 2nd lap. One more of the same before the finish, now time to enjoy all the rides!
An undulating 5k loop within the iconic Alton Towers resort. Starting and finishing outside the Towers, the route begins with a loop of the Dark Forest, which includes the rides TH13TEEN and Rita. The route then passes in front of the Towers towards the Smiler, before going past the lake into CBeebies Land, where you’ll meet characters like the Teletubbies! You’ll then pass Mutiny Bay (and some angry pirates) and through Katanga Canyon, before making your way down to Nemesis. A short incline takes you out of the resort for a short section on road, before turning back into the resort at Galactica, and into the creepy Haunted Hollow. A final loop around the Dark Forest brings you back to the Towers for the finish. Now time to enjoy all the rides!
We will have marshals all around the course as well as distance markers and arrows.
Please discard of any bottles within the litter zones along the route.
There will be a water station at 3.5miles, 7miles and 10miles along the course please help yourself to this as you pass.
There will also be water available at the finish.
In order to avoid congestion on the course, we recommend bringing your own water and stay 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 and sponsored goodies which will be laid out on tables for you to help yourself.
Please be aware that part of the course is within the resort car parks. Runners will be on these areas until approximately 12.45pm, if you finish the race before then please enjoy the rides and attractions on offer until this time before leaving the resort!
There will be plenty of Portable toilets within the event village for you to use before and after the race.
There won’t be any showers available, but runners are welcome to leave and re-enter the park after the race if you’d like to nip home or to the car to freshen up. If doing this, please keep hold of your entry ticket (which will be in your race pack).
There will be an informal self-service bag drop area within the event village for runners who need it.
Your baggage tag is attached to your race number, you simply tear it off and attach to your bag. To collect, show your number to the baggage tent staff and they will help you find your baggage.
Alton Towers Resort is located between the M1 and the M6 and is well signposted from both motorways. Depending on your direction, the nearest motorway exits are:
M1 Northbound – Junction 23a
M1 Southbound – Junction 28
M6 Northbound – Junction 15
M6 Southbound – Junction 16
Please drive with care when you’re in the area, as there are many walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and the roads can be very thin in places.
Some Sat Nav systems may take you down a local farm track (especially if you’re coming from the B5417). Please follow the road signs for the last few miles.
Please be aware that the B5417 is closed until 8th May, guests arriving to the Resort from the Ashbourne direction should follow diversion signs.
Visitors can travel to Alton Towers Resort by train, via several popular destinations. Visit thetrainline.com to search for train times and prices.
Uttoxeter Train Station:
Uttoxeter station is the nearest train station to Alton Towers, just 10 miles from the resort. Uttoxeter station is just a 20 minute drive away from the resort or 30 minutes by bus.
Stoke on Trent Station:
Stoke on Trent rail station is 15 miles from Alton Towers Resort. A local taxi would take around 25 minutes to the resort.
Derby Train Station:
Derby train station is around 25 miles from Alton Towers. From there you will need to order a taxi or a car service to arrive at the resort in around 50 minutes to one hour.
We also have bicycle racks close to the theme park entrance, for local visitors and keen cyclists to utilise free of charge.
Spectator tickets can be purchased here.
If your friends and family have purchased a spectator ticket before Monday 10th October they should receive a physical ticket in the post. (Please note, this may arrive separately to any race entry packs).
If tickets are purchased after this date (or haven’t received before the race), please make your way down to the collection desks on the morning of the event, with your order confirmation and we will have your tickets ready to collect.
Please keep hold of your ticket throughout the day, as you will require this to re-enter the park should you leave at any point in the day.
11.45 – X Sector & CBeebies Land open
12:00 – Mutiny Bay, Sealife, Wicker Man open
13:15 – All other rides open
6:45pm – Rides Close
7:45pm – Park Closes
Results will be available on results.runthrough.co.uk/ after the race.
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We look forward to seeing you there!
The Run Alton Towers Team.