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Run Chester Zoo- Race Information


Run Chester Zoo 10k- Sunday 30th October 2022


 Chester Zoo, Chester, CH2 1EU

(If using the app What3Words, use the words ///bounty.puppy.varieties for exact event village location.)

Start Time:


Please arrive early, there will be traffic on the way into the venue.

*Please note, the M56 is shut between junctions 11 (Preston Brook) & 12 (Runcorn/Frodsham) from 9pm Friday 28th October until 6am Monday 31 October 2022. This may effect your route to the venue.*
* Please Also note the clocks go back 1 hour, please set your alarms accordingly.* 

Race Packs

If you’ve entered before Friday 14th 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 Sunday Morning.
It will take around 15 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.

At the finish, you can dispose of your chip (we do not need to collect them back).

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 in case of an emergency!


Collection Time:


See Entry List Here

Race Start 

The race will have a warm up in the event village 15 minutes prior to the start time.
After the warm up, estimated finish times will be called to the starting pen where our marshals will guide you into a start formation.


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 event village.

See course map online HERE.

Please discard of any water bottles or rubbish in the litter zones along the course.

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.

Please keep your bib number as this is your ticket into the zoo! Simply show this on entrance to the zoo to gain your free entry. The Zoo will be selling discounted tickets to any spectators you have with you.


Address: Chester Zoo, Chester, CH2 1EU

(If using the app What3Words, use the words ///bottom.vanish.axed for exact event village location.)

By Car:

The Zoo is well signposted on the main roads around Chester; just follow the motorway signs towards Chester and you will see the brown zoo signs as you approach the city.

Once you get onto the A41, from whichever direction, simply stay on that road until you reach a roundabout with a large wooden ark on it.  From there, follow the signs into the zoo. Sat Navs get confused so please ignore them once you get onto the A41. Note: don’t turn down Flag Lane North as it’s a dead end!

The car park will be open from 7:00am. Please arrive early as it will take time for the team to get all vehicles parked. We recommend arriving between 7:00am – 8:00am to avoid any delays. Car parking is free and disabled car parking spaces are available close to the zoo entrance. NB Blue badges must be displayed to use the disabled parking area.


The Chester ‘Pink Route’ takes you from the city centre to our main entrance – or you can take the ‘Brown Route’ along the canal. Both routes can be found on this PDF.  Or you can plan a cycle route using this online tool from the Chester Cycling Campaign.

By Train:

Chester Zoo is easy to reach by train and is only a couple of miles from both Chester and Bache train stations, with easy transport links from either station.

By Bus:

There are lots of bus routes nearby and many come right to the main entrance.

If you’re travelling from Chester, you can take the Number 1 service from Chester Bus Exchange or the X1 bus links Chester Train Station to Chester Zoo.

If you’re travelling from Liverpool, you can also take the Number 1 service or the X1 service (which has fewer stops and is a quicker!).

For all other public transport options you can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website here.



For this event we will use portable toilets. These will be located within the Chester Zoo main car park, near the event village. Please expect queuing at toilets.



Please limit the number of belongings you bring to the event. The car park is directly next to the event village so we advise leaving any belongings in your car.
There will be an informal self-service bag drop area in 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.


The Zoo will be selling discounted entry tickets for spectators on the day from 10am.
These will be at the following prices: Adult – £18.90, Child – £15.05, Concession – £17.50.

Prior to 10am, whilst the race is going on, there will be no zoo admission. The finish area and event village is located outside of the Zoo and will be open to the public at all times.



There will be water provided at the 5k point of the race and at the finish. We recommend staying hydrated in the lead up to the event.


Event T-Shirts

A comfortable, sweat-wicking fitted T shirt made for your daily workouts.

 This will probably be your favourite fitted activewear top made with a soft and lightweight polyester fabric, this T-shirt is made to keep you comfortable and  fresh on your run.

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

If you’ve not pre-ordered a T-shirt, but would like to purchase one, these are available HERE.

(those purchased via this link will be posted out after the event due to the tight time frame to get these printed for you)


RunThrough Kit

Powered by RunThrough, RT Kit provides the level of quality and style in its running clothing that you’d expect from a brand that has become synonymous with running over the last decade.

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 after the race.



We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race, which will be made available on our photos page after the race.


Social Media

For updates leading up to the race, please check out our on Twitter @runthroughuk use the hashtag #Runthroughuk in the build-up to the race.

If you want to talk all things running before and after the event join our RunThroughUKChat group on Facebook.

If you #RunThroughUK or #RunChesterZoo on Instagram with your race day collages, the best ones will feature on our page!


We look forward to seeing you there!

The Run Chester Zoo Team 🙂