Run Rabbit Trail Festival

3 standalone events or 1 huge quest?

Running Running
Date 11 May 2019 to 12 May 2019
Category Trail running
Length 10-57.7km
HQ Marston Lodge Farm, Sibbertoft Road, Market Harborough LE16 9TT map
Start date has passed
A different 5k, on the hour, for 5 hours
Entry includes meal and festival beer
Trail Half Marathon with a 10k option available
3 events, ents/camping pass, meal, beer and Gol...

Welcome to the Run Rabbit Trail Festival brought to you by Thump Events


The Run Rabbit Trail Festival is brought to you by Thump Events Ltd, a brand new collaborative side project including established event organisers Race Harborough. We think that we have created something special that will challenge runners of all abilities and also showcase other activities and local businesses that are important to us.

The festival is made up of 3 separate running challenges that can be done as standalone events or together they form The Quest for the Golden Carrot.

In between the events there will be evening entertainment in the form of music, comedy and inspirational speakers and drop-in yoga classes, massage, food, drink and camping facilities.


Events Details

Trail Mix Challenge - Saturday 11th 12-5pm

We think that you'll find this pretty unique. You'll do a different 5k course on the hour every hour for five hours. 25km sounds like a lot of running but broken down into five chunks, with rest and time to make sure that you are nourished and hydrated, we think that it is manageable for most runners that have completed 5km and 10km races previously. If you find that doing all 25km isn't achievable then why not Try a Trail (or 2 or 3 or 4!) Just do what you can manage and come back in 2020 to have another go! If you wish to be considered for The Quest, however, you will have to register a time for the full 25km. Medal and bling for all finishers. Minimum age 17 years.

Headlight Hop 10km - Saturday 7pm

This is a twilight run on the course of last year's Marston Trouble 10km event. It contains seriously rolling hills and seriously beautiful views across the estate. The route snakes along multi-terrain tracks, across farm land and in and out of forest sections. A headtorch is recommended, although many runners will finish while there is still good light. A medal, specially commissioned festival beer and a choice of hot meals for all finishers. Minimum age 15 years.

Thump Half - Sunday 9am

Using different trails to the Hop, this is a two lap route that will provide an interesting challenge to completers and competers alike. If you wish to, there is an option to make this a 10km run by completing one lap only. If you wish to be considered for The Quest however, you will have to register a time at the half marathon distance. This is a very challenging, rolling route and a medal and bling for all finishers. Minimum age of 15 years for the 10k option and 17 years for the HM.

Quest for the Golden Carrot

If you are up for a serious challenge, then The Quest is for you. Complete all of the above events totalling 56.1km over the 24 hour period. The top 6 males and females (lowest cumulative time) will then qualify for the Carrot Dash. This is a 'winner-takes-all-it-all' 1 mile race to win one of two exclusive Golden Carrot trophies. To be eligible, you must have completed the full 56.1km of the Trail Mix Challenge, Headlight Hop 10km and the Thump Half. There will be several opportunities to check the leaderboards throughout the festival. Minuimum age 17 years.

Included in your quest entry is a meal and beer after the Hop 10km, free evening entertainment and a camping pass for you and special exclusive Golden Carrot bling.



We know how much runners like to party. On the Saturday evening after the Hop 10km has finished, things will start to happen on the ents stage. There will be a set from a comedian, an inspirational speaker and finally a set from a local band. Details of the acts will be confirmed as they become available.



The site will have basic camping facilities with pitches suitable for tents, camper vans and caravans. There will be toilet facilities and cold running water but no electric hook ups. Open fire and BBQs will not be allowed on site. As it is a working farm, dogs will not be permitted to be with athletes or spectators.



The Trail Mix Challenge, Headlight Hop 10km (including food and beer) and Thump Half are priced at £25 each.

The Quest for the Golden Carrot is priced at £75 and includes a food and beer voucher, free entertainment, camping, exclusive Golden Carrot bling and the chance to qualify for the Carrot Dash.

Combined entertainment/camping passes are priced at £5 for athletes and £10 for spectators, and can be added during registration.

If at any point you wish to upgrade from a single event to the Quest, a second event or add entertainment or camping passes then you can do so by logging into your Rider HQ account.