Trail running weekender returns for a second year

Following a successful launch in 2019, the Run Rabbit Trail Festival returns showcasing some of the finest trails in the East Midlands.

Held on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of May 23-24, Marston Lodge near Market Harborough will again be the setting for the two-day festival. It features three separate events that can be combined to make the Quest for the Golden Carrot.

Brian Corcoran, one of the organisers from Thump Events, said:“We believe that we’ve created a special festival that celebrates UK trail running and challenges novice trail runners as well as those with more experience.”

Saturday morning begins with the Trail Mix Challenge. This unique event consists of five different 5km trail courses, starting on the hour, every hour, for five hours. This is followed by guest speakers and music and then the Headlight Hop. This is a twilight 10km where runners will be treated to stunning views as the day’s racing draws to a close. More guest speakers and music will serenade campers as they head to the onsite lakeside camping.

Sunday morning brings the Thump Half and the Bunny Run, a new on mile offering for children. Excited runners then wait to find out if they have qualified for the Carrot Dash. The quickest 6 males and females complete the final challenge of a one mile run off to determine who will take home the prized Golden Carrots.

Brian Corcoran, said: “Qualification for the Carrot Dash and winning the Golden Carrot, involves a bit of strategy. You need to do enough to be in the mix but if your legs are too shredded, a mile run off can feel like a very long way!”

Marston Lodge is a working farm situated in the heart of the English countryside on the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire border. With rolling hills, forest paths, incredible views and a site steeped in history, Marston Lodge is the perfect setting for trail running.

Full event details including pricing can be found at

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