Run Alton Towers Half Marathon
Sunday 14th November 2021
Address: 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.
If you entered before Tuesday 2nd November, you will receive a race pack in the post. If you entered after this date, a pack will be waiting for you to collect on the day. If you are expecting a pack in the post and do not receive it by Friday 12th November, please bring your confirmation email to the information point outside the turnstile.
If you are collecting your race pack, please make your way to the registration desks between the times below. It will take around 10 minutes to collect your number and drop your bag off. The earlier you get there, the more efficient we will be on the day.
7:30 – 9:00am
After the warm-up, estimated finish times will be called to the starting pen where our marshals will guide you into a start formation.
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.
There will be plenty of portable toilets located near the start/finish line near the Towers.
We strongly recommend leaving in your car or with a spectator. You will be able to return to your vehicle after the race and re-enter the resort – make sure to get your hand stamped on the way out!
If you do use our informal baggage area, please pick up your bag after the race before enjoying the attractions.
During the race
The course starts in front of the iconic Towers. You will then run around the resort past all of the major attractions and rides before finishing back in front of the Towers.
There will be marshals all around the course as well as mile markers.
You can see the course maps.
Spitting and nasal clearance during the race is NOT permitted.
There will be water on the course and also 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.
Spectator tickets can be purchased here.
If your friends and family have already purchased a spectator ticket they will be sent a separate email to the address used when purchasing their ticket. This will have details of how to claim and download their ticket for entry into Alton Towers.
They will need to have the ticket printed or the scannable code ready on their phone in order to enter the turnstiles on the day. Without a ticket spectators will not be allowed into the park.
Cbeebies/X-Sector – open from 11:45am
Mutiny Bay – open from 12pm
Whole Park – open from 1:15pm
Rides Close – 6.45pm
Park Closes – 7.45pm
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.
Good Luck with the run from Team ACTIPH. ACTIPH 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.
KIND® is more than just a name. It’s a commitment: to making snack bars that don’t compromise. Just the very best ingredients. Full of wholesome nutrients. And always packed with flavour. They have kindly donated some of their delicious bars for you all to try after your race! To find out more about KIND and their products, head to their website HERE. Please be aware this product contains nuts.
Love Corn have kindly provided some post race goodies for you all to try and can be collected from the finish line! To check out more of their product, see their website .
RUN FOR YOU, FOR MIND, FOR BODY, FOR LIFE.
At Runners Need we run to feel alive. To leave behind whatever holds us back and find that release, that calm and clarity, that focus. We all know a run changes your day – but it also has the power to change your life. We wish you a great race full of fun and enjoyment. Let’s run together.
If you need a last minute item before the event we are delighted to be able to offer all participants of RunThrough events in 2021 a 15% discount* at Runners Need which can be used in-store with your race entry confirmation orusing the code AF-RT15.
T’s & C’s can be 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.
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 onafter the race.
We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race and they will be on after the race so be sure to check it out and see if you can spot yourself.
COVID-19 NHS APP
We recommend downloading the NHS COVID-19 App onto your phone if you haven’t already before the race. Find out more HERE.
Free lateral flow tests are now being offered by the Government for everybody in the community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These can even be ordered to your home, further information can be found HERE.
For updates leading up to the race, please check out our on Twitter @runthroughuk use the hashtag #Runthroughuk #Runaltontowers 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 had any further questions please contact us by email at [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Run Alton Towers Team.