Race Information


Address: Chester Zoo, Chester, CH2 1EU

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

Start Time: 9:00am

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

Race Packs

If you’ve entered before Friday 19th June 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 come to the registration desks from 7:00-8:15am with your confirmation email ready and we will issue you with a number.

It will take around 15 minutes to collect your number, so please arrive early.


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!

If you entered after 10am on 1st July, you will not appear on the list published. Please head to the information desk with your order confirmation to collect a number

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.


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 queing at toilets.


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.

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.


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. 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

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.

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.

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.


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 add on RunChester Zoo £8 T-shirt with your entry, this will be posted to you. We won’t have these available to collect on the day.

if you’ve purchased any additional 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.fromerunningfestival.com after the race.


We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race, which will be made available 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 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 🙂