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Running through the famous resort at the Run Alton Towers 5K, 10K and Half Marathon

Rollercoaster run and fun at Alton Towers

An uphill course awaited runners at this new event.

Race then relax on the rides: that was the order of the day for runners at the Alton Towers 5K, 10K & Half Marathon on the weekend 13 November (Saturday) and 14 November (Sunday). They took on the undulating course followed by more ups and downs on the roller coasters afterwards.

The UK’s biggest theme park was the host for this new event from RunThrough where participants ran 5K, 10K or a Half Marathon through its grounds, cheered on by the Alton Towers staff in costume. They and the marshals were friendly and supportive, creating a lively atmosphere for everyone as they passed through the park. 

The 5K and 10K was held on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday. A warm up beforehand then the runners set off from the Towers and around the resort on a course hillier than might have been thought. It probably felt like a trip on Nemesis or The Smiler...

They completed one lap for the 5K/10K and two laps for the Half Marathon as spectators applauded and encouraged every step of the way. Then through the finish to collect a well earned medal, water and goodies from tables set up in the area. The entry fee included free access to the theme park rides which runners and their families and friends enjoyed afterwards.

Matthew Beacock of Sale Harriers Manchester won the 5K in 17:32; Diane Mercer was the winning female in 17:47.

In the 10K, Benjamin Goodfellow of Team Kendal Mint Co was the winner in 33:17; Lucy Charles-Barclay was the female winner in 35:47.

And, in the Half Marathon, Michael Roderick of Tri Hard Harriers was first across the line in 1:12:38; Natalie Lawrence the first female in 1:24:46. 

The full set of 5K and 10K results and those for the Half Marathon can be found via the runABC Midlands Race Listings pages. 

This event returns in 2022 with a change to the format. The 10K and a new Kids Race will be held on 12 November and the 5K and Half Marathon on 13 November. For more information and to enter, visit the Run Alton Towers website.   

Image courtesy of Run Alton Towers.

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