Events with Impact

Run Rabbit Trail Festival

Leicestershire, UK 

It’s back…
New date: 7th-8th May 2022. 


The Challenges

A unique chance to test your endurance.  3 separate running challenges that can be done as standalone events or together they form the Quest…

The Festival

At whichever level you choose to participate, the festival is the place to meet and chill with like-minded runners…


Trail Mix Challenge


Test your speed, agility and endurance with a different 5km, on the hour every hour, for 5 hours.


Headlight Hop


Take on the trails at twilight. Best start eating your carrots now!
(Marston Trouble route)


Thump Half Trail Marathon


Trail half marathon; hills, woodland, hills, scenery. Did we mention hills?


Golden Carrot Quest


The ultimate quest! Complete all 3 and earn eligibility for the Carrot Dash. Will you bring home the golden carrot?

Why take on The Quest?

56.1 km is a milestone for some and a walk in the park for others. The broken-down nature of this 24-hour event presents the ideal opportunity to take your running endurance to new levels, or if you’re an experienced runner, test your speed and strategy as you blaze each trail. There’s a real mixture of surfaces, scenery and seriously challenging undulations, so there is a test to be found for all.

More than a race…

The Run Rabbit Trail Festival aims to bring runners of different levels and expertise together to share their experience of their encounters over the two days. Individual goals are different, so everyone has a story to tell. In addition to the entertainment on offer, it’s sure to be a memory making event.

What’s on?

The festival takes place over two days, those taking on The Quest clocking up 56.1 km in under 24 hours.

Use  the drop-downs to see more info about each challenge, or check our the line-up for the Saturday evening.

Trail Mix Challenge. 5 x 5k. 5k on the hour, every hour.

We think you’ll find this challenge 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 time to rest and make sure that you are nourished and hydrated, we know that it is manageable for most runners that have completed 5km and 10km races previously. Medal for all finishers. Minimum age 17 years.

10k Headlight Hop. Judgement, footwork, and fun.

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 and specially commissioned festival beer for all finishers. Minimum age 15 years.

Thump Half Marathon (10k finishing point available)

Using different trails to the Hop, this is a two lap route that will provide an interesting challenge to new and experienced runners 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. Medal all finishers. Minimum age of 15 years for the 10k option and 17 years for the HM.

The Quest for the Golden Carrot - over 55km in 24 hours

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 (see below). 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, as well additional race swag exclusive to those who take on The Quest.

The Carrot Dash - top challengers will earn the chance to compete for the ultimate carrot on a stick.

This is a ‘winner-takes-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.

How do I know which challenge is right for me?

Run Rabbit Trail Festival has been created to offer something for any runner, no matter your level of experience. With the flexabilty to choose 1, 2 or all 3 challenges and take on The Quest, there’s a test in this event for everyone.

Something unique: Trail Mix Challenge - 5 x 5km = 25km...

Training tips coming soon.

Accessible to all: Headlight Hop: 10k distance...

A 10k is an achievable goal for any runner, whether you’re after the twilight experience, the trail element, or a new PB.
A headtorch is recommended although you may finish in good light.

Take your marathon miles to the trails: Thump Half

Training guide coming soon.

Epic test - 56.1km in 24 hours: The Quest

Training tips coming soon…

Carrot Dash eligible (Quest completers) - 1 mile sprint.

(Offerred to the top 6 male & females)
We can lay down the challenge, the rest is up to you!


Trail Mix Challenge

Sat 7th May.
A unique test of speed and endurance, 5 different 5k, on the hour, for 5 hours.

Medal for all finishers.

More Details follow


10k Headlight Hop

Sat 7th May.
Trail at twilight. Entry includes a festival beer!
Stay for events after…

Medal for all finishers.

More Details

…to follow


Thump Half

Sun 8th May.
A scenic trail half marathon with a 10k finishing point available.

Medal for all finishers.

More Details

…to follow.


The Quest

7th & 8th May.
Take it all on with entry to all 3 challenges.

Medal & extra bling!

More Details

…to follow


About Thump

Thump Events Ltd is a brand new collaborative brought to you, in part, by established event organisers Race Harborough, who have been managing event for over 5 years.

Run Rabbit Trail Festival has been created as something special  – a unique quest that will challenge runners of all abilities, as well as showcasing other activities and local businesses that are important to us.


From the founder:

There really isn’t a challenge quite like The Quest.
Big distances, serious hills and, if you to walk away with the Golden Carrot.. you’ll need lightning speed

Brian Corcoran – Event Director