Market Harborough Carnival of Running

sponsored by Market Harborough Building Society, Training Shed and Edward Hands and Lewis

Running (UKA) Running (UKA)
Date 09 Jun 2018 10:30
Category Running
Length Half Marathon/10K/5K/1 Mile...
HQ Start: The Robert Smyth Academy, Burnmill Road, LE16 7JG. Finish: Symington’s Recreation Ground off St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough LE16 7JG map
Start date has passed
09:45FUN RUN
All the entry fee goes directly to the charity

Welcome to the Market Harborough Carnival of Running 2018

9th June 2018 - 10.30 start

Back for the 4th year, this event continues to grow from strength to strength. With nearly a thousand runners across all distances last year, it is sure to be a great day of running. This year we are delighted that we are sponsored by both the Market Harborough Building Society and the Training Shed, St. Mary's Road.

Event details

  • 1 mile fancy dress fun run – a great way to complete a challenge as a family
  • 5km - NEW THIS YEAR - takes in the closed road section through the town centre
  • 10km – a perfect way to challenge runners of all abilities
  • Half Marathon (13.1 miles) – a challenging HM route for first timers and the more experienced

The route has something for everyone with some crowd-lined closed roads, an idyllic rural village section through Great Bowden, Welham and Thorpe Langton and a spectacular finish at the Carnival Show Ground. Here you will be greeted by approximately 5000 cheering supporters. The course is fast with good PB potential but with a couple of cheeky hills. Burnmill Road at approximately 11 miles in, will certainly make it a race to remember.

Runners will benefit from:

  • Chip timing
  • Medal and T-shirt
  • Free photos
  • Free massage courtesy of the Training Shed, Market Harborough
  • Fantastic prizes up for grabs, including cash for our top 3 male and female Half Marathon finishers.


The Carnival of Running has become a major fundraising event for the town and local charities. Since 2015, approximately £75,000 has been raised by runners at this event. Since the event started in 2015, we’ve supported The Squires Effect. We will be donating a proportion of each entry. For each of the last three years, we have donated £2500.

In addition, you can RACE FOR FREE if you pledge to raise at least £150 for the charity. Simply enter the race, then email

They will give you full details of the support package that they provide.

If you are running for your own selected charity there are numerous ways to do this, the first would be to notify the particular charity that you intend to run and fundraise for. You can then start getting sponsors or set up your own personal JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving page to do so online.

Other Details

For more details about the event, please see our website. We will update 2018 details as they become available.

There is no strict cut-off for this event. However, if you think that it will take you more than 3 hours, please get in touch. 

Age limit of 13yrs for the 5k, 15yrs for the 10K and 17yrs for the HM.

The start time for this event has changed from last year. The 5K, 10K and HM will start in three waves from 10.30am. The Fun Run will be before this. 


Entry Changes/Transfers

As we approach event day, we will start to make race numbers and timing chips available from the Market Harborough Building Society, Welland House, The Square LE16 7PD. Ths list will be regularly updated as entries come in. Packs can be collected in branch Monday to Friday 9-4pm and Saturday 9-12pm. The first packs will be in the branch from Thursday 17th May onwards. Please check the latest list on the Race Harborough website before visiting. After this point, distance transfers can only be completed on the day. You will need to take your race pack along and swap it for one of the appropriate distance. Race packs will be in the branch until Wednesday 6th June. On Thursday 7th June there will be another oppportunity to collect packs from The Training Shed, St Mary's Road, Market Harborough from 6-8pm. If you are not able to attend, registration will be open on Saturday 9th 8.30-10am.