Britain's wildest running adventure took place entirely within the famous Chessington World of Adventures on Saturday (3 November). Chessington Running Wild added 685 runners and many more supporters to the annual 1.5 million visitors at one of UK's favourite theme parks.
The second staging of this extraordinary event brings runners up close and personal to many of the 1,000 plus exotic animals housed in Chessington Zoo that started the entire theme park back in 1931.
The race programme features a 5K (one lap) or 10K (two laps) race through the resort’s Zoo and Theme Park rides with free admission to all the attractions for all competitors. There is also a Kids Challenge 2K to occupy the youngsters and help create a quite unique atmosphere for the entire family.
The 10K winners were M40 Allan Lee (37:32) and Caroline Sunderland (41:27) – fourth overall – as 281 finished in 1:31:52. Our picture star, Paul 'Woody' Woodhouse, looks pretty pleased with his progress as he survives the tiger enclosure en route to 58:55, with a negative split for his two laps.
In the 5K race the first two finishers were Thomas Denbigh (19:46) and the first lady Holly Dixon (20:24). There were 269 runners home in 1:03:30 with Rose and Karen Lacey closing the field in fine style.
Top of the Kids Challenge were Joe Claydon (8:18) by one second from Nataniel Sokoloski in the closest finish of the day. Emily Olliver (8:41) headed the girls race in fourth place.
All the races started at the Adventure Tree in the heart of the complex and the traffic free course was mainly on tarmac paths with some gravel sections and a few hills. Mini Athletics kept the young children busy with free activities and Chessington World of Adventures provided cuddly tigers as prizes.
Full results at Chessington Running Wild here