December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
THOUSANDS of people oozing fake blood and shredded clothes are set to be ‘evacuated’ next month as the undead bring a ‘post-Apocalypse’ scene to Uttlesford.
The organisers of the hugely popular Zombie Evacuation Race Series have picked the military base at Carver Barracks as the perfect venue for the first of four nationwide events.
Thousands of people oozing fake blood and shredded clothes will rampage across a 5km course, with obstacles including hiding Zombies and a ‘post-Apocalypse’ graveyard and hospital.
Now booming in popularity, Zombie races are proving a huge hit with keep-fit fans and Zombie-lovers alike, providing a fresh – and terrifying – challenge for runners, regardless of whether they are veterans of the obstacle course racing scene or are new to the fastest growing sport in the UK.
Instead of attempting a half or full marathon, racers are flocking to sign up for the thrill of being chased by crazed, flesh-eating Zombies, foaming at the mouth and oozing fake blood.
On arrival, a (spoof) Sergeant Major from the fictional crack British Army group RAZOR (the Royal Armoured Zombie Outbreak Response unit) informs all racers that the country is in a state of lockdown due to a spreading deadly Zombie virus.
Racers are told they will have to be extracted from an evacuation point 5km away. They have to tackle obstacles along the way and reach safety without losing the three fluorescent, Velcro tags on their running belt. If a Zombie catches you and pulls one off, you lose a life and risk a mauling by The Undead.
Racers can take part as ‘an evacuee’ (a runner), or as a Zombie (a chaser). Obstacles along the course are kept top secret in advance in order to make runners as anxious as possible, but racers may encounter dark abandoned buildings, belching smoke and ‘corpses’ in a Zombie hospital along the way.
There may also be ‘minefields’ to get through (mines laid to catch Zombies) and Zombies often camouflage themselves, hiding in bushes then leaping out unexpectedly to ambush racers.
When you reach the safety of the finish line you’ll be declared ‘survivor’ or ‘infected’ by the RAZOR decontamination team and awarded the appropriate identifying dog-tag.
Race director Jon Ford said: “The thrill of dressing up as a Zombie in full make-up, or else being chased by one, makes some people scream with excitement. Everyone should beware, the Zombie plague is spreading like wildfire.”
The race is on Saturday October 5. To find out more or enrol, visit zombieevacuation.com