Market Harborough Carnival of Running

***On the day entries***
We’ve had a number of people contact us about late entries. If you wish to race, he’s what to do.

Come down to either the Training Shed on Friday evening from 5-7.30pm or to Robert Smyth Academy (the start venue) from 8.30-10am on Saturday. You will need to fill in a form.

Late entry fees are £15 for 5k, £20 for 10k and £27.50 for the HM. Exact money and cash only.

These fees are the same as normal entries as a medal will be included but not a t-shirt. If there are t-shirts available from Sunday onwards, these will be available to buy priced at £5 from the Training Shed.

Pre-event Runner Pack 2019



8th June 2019.

Races start from 10:30 at Robert Smyth Academy, Burnmill Road, Market Harborough LE167JG.

Races finish approximately 0.5 mile away at Symington Rec Ground, St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough.

The event takes place on the same day as an in conjunction with the Market Harborough Carnival.

We are proud that the event is sponsored by Market Harborough Building Society.

The routes have something for everyone with a crowd-lined closed road section, idyllic rural villages of Great Bowden, Welham and Thorpe Langton and a spectacular finish at the Carnival Show Ground. Here you will be welcomed by approximately 5,000 cheering supporters.

Runners will benefit from:

Chip timing

Medal and t-shirt

Free photos


Post-race zone

Our unique post-race zone is situated a very short walk away at the Training Shed, Market Harborough. 

Here you will be welcomed by friendly staff with free massage, a stretching area and t-shirt collection.

The Races

1 Mile Fun Run – Starts at Robert Smyth Academy at 09:45 before the main races start. All proceeds to Home Start.

5km -New in 2018. It starts at RSA and follows the Carnival procession route until Mill Hill Road where the route heads towards the finish at Symington Rec.

10km -Takes takes in the Carnival procession route and the village of Great Bowden before heading up Burnmill Road and down to the finish.

Half Marathon – This follows the same route as the 10K but heads out for a rural section of approximately 7 miles before returning for the Burnmill climb and home.



The full prize schedule will be announced in the Race Pack when it is published. There will be AG trophies in the 5K, 10K and HM races as well as trophies and prizes for the Top 3 in each event.



Supporting local charities is an important part of everything that we do. The Squires Effect have been the official charity partner for this event since it started in 2015.  Each year we have made a donation of £2000-£2500 to thank them for the work that they do in our community. Please donate when you enter or fundraise directly for them if you are able.

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



The Training Shed, Market Harborough have produced some excellent free training plans to support you in your journey. Contact them directly and they’ll send them over.

We are also putting on a free social run that gives you an opportunity to experience the 10K route. Details to follow.


Hydration and Nutrition

We are delighted that our official partners this year will be Clif and Nuun.

They are supplying your on-course products.

There will be Clif Shotblox (an energy gel) and Nuun electrolyte available on the HM routes at approximately 6 and 9 miles.

There will be water at 3 miles (all routes) and at the foot of Burnmill Hill which is approximately 5 miles for the 10km route and 11 miles for the HM route.


Fun Run

We would like the whole event to be as a family friendly as possible. Just before the start of the main event, we are hosting a 1 mile family fun run. If you are competing in the main event, why not use this as a warm up with all the family? We will reward all runners with a medal and fruit! Feel free wear your most colourful fancy dress

We are grateful to Home-Start South Leicestershire who are our Charity Partner again for 2019 and will be on hand organising you all and welcoming donations on the day. Donate here! or download the sponsorship form. All entry fees go directly to Home Start.



Results 2018



Carnival of Running Route Map 2018 – 5k/10k leg

Carnival of Running Route Map 2018 – Half Marathon only section

5km link with course profile

10km link with course profile

HM link with course profile