PEOPLE looking to keep fit and help support Chester Zoo at the same time can enter a brand new running event.

The Chester Zoo 10k event has been launched and is due to take place on Sunday, October 31.

The unique course will see runners go through the zoo before heading out on to surrounding closed roads, through the hamlet of Picton and the village of Wervin before returning inside the zoo for the finish.

A total of 25 per cent from each entry fee will go towards Chester Zoo to continue its conservation work.

The event, organised by RunThrough, which holds a large number of UK running races including the Cheshire 10k on October 16 and the Running GP at Oulton Park on August 8, will see competitors have included in their entry free admission to Chester Zoo, a unique zoo-themed medal, a free RunThrough kit technical T-shirt and goodie bag, as well as official chip timed results.

Organisers urge people taking part not to turn up with fancy dress of face pain due to the risk of frightening animals inside the zoo.

The event will be marshalled and signposted through the course, with water provided at the 5k checkpoint and portaloos at the event village.

Entry costs £36, which includes admission to the zoo afterwards. For more information, visit