Of our group of four, three did the 10km route and one did the 5km route (her first ever race!) The race started in a spectacular setting, in between the Alton ‘Towers’ themselves and the huge lake that’s positioned in the centre of the park. As with all races organised by RunThrough, there were timing pads on the floor to make sure everyone gets an accurate time, even if they start further back in the crowd.
The first couple of kilometres took place in the centre of the park and we ran past some of the biggest rollercoasters including Rita, The Wicker Man, and Smiler. It’s worth bearing in mind that this is a particularly hilly course and one of the steepest climbs was fairly early on. There were plenty of marshals positioned throughout the route to give encouragement, although all of them seemed to claim that theirs was the last big hill on the course and ‘it’s all downhill from here!’
At a few locations around the course, we came across characters that fitted in with the theming of the park. This was a brilliant touch and made the run seem like more of an event, rather than your run of the mill race. It’s certainly the first time we’ve been cheered on by the Teletubbies, who were waiting to wave us through the CBeebies land area of the park. There were other actors waiting further on in the course, playing the soundtrack from Chariots of Fire as we climbed yet another hill. We’re hoping this theming will only get bigger and better as the event grows.