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Conti Thunder Run

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We will once again be taking over the grounds of Catton Park, Walton-on-Trent for the tenth edition of the Conti Thunder Run, the original 24 hour off-road challenge.

We’ve come a long way since the first event and we’d love you to be there with us to help celebrate Thunder Run’s eleventh birthday. We are super excited about reaching this milestone and with your help we will make 2019 the very best Thunder Run to date!

Conti Thunder Run is an off-road relay race against the clock. You will find it physically tough and mentally challenging, but it is an experience not to be missed. The varied terrain and technical nature of the course, the campsite camaraderie and team work, plus the good old British Summertime weather all add up to a weekend of staggering achievements and amazing memories.

How to enter the Conti Thunder Run

  1. 24hr Relay

    Run 24h
  2. 24hr Solo

    Run 24h
    Event passed

Conti Thunder Run routes

The course is made up of a 10km cross-country circuit set in the picturesque Staffordshire countryside. The track twists and turns across varied terrain so you’ll find yourself running from woodlands and trails to steep hills and open fields. There’s always a change of scenery to keep you on your toes.

Event Details

Race Numbers

Race numbers must be worn while racing. Please be sure to write your emergency details on the reverse of the race number, include an emergency contact number, any medication you are taking at the time of the event also any known allergies you have.

If a competitor is found on course without their race number on, their lap will be discounted from the race.

The Baton

The relay baton must be carried by the ‘on course’ runner at all times. Losing the baton will incur a time penalty with the incoming runner having to wait 5 minutes before being given a new baton to hand over.

Minimum Laps
Each registered runner must complete at least one lap during the 24 hours for the teams score to count. There is no maximum number of laps.
If taking a break please leave the course after crossing the timing mats and tell the timing official that you are taking a rest break. This time off course will be added to the next lap when you, or another team member, return to continue

Being a 24 hour race it’s going to get dark and all racers on course between sunset and sunrise must have a working light be it head torch or hand held unit. Bear in mind there will be about nine hours of darkness please make sure your lights are charged and will see you through the whole night. Our lightning sponsors will announce their activities at the event shortly.

Medical and Massage

There will be a qualified medical team on site to deal with medical emergencies for the duration of the event. The First Aid point will be stationed in the main arena. All race marshals will be able to radio for help if necessary.

Masseurs will be in attendance. These guys are all volunteers and will massage competitors for a cash donation. Please turn up with clean legs and bring your own towel.


Ideally, we would prefer you not to use headphones whilst running, but due to the duration and nature of the event runners are permitted to compete with one earphone in only.  Runners found to have two earphones in will be subject to a time penalty or have their lap discounted, at the discretion of the event.


For spectators and hungry runners our event caterer will be positioned track side serving throughout the event.

  • Our sports masseurs will be on hand for everyone (no fixed charges but a small donation would be appreciated).
  • All day hot food and catering
  • Bar
  • Trade stands and shop
  • Entertainments
  • Fully marshalled and signed course
  • On-course water stations
  • Hot showers
  • Free camping all weekend for runners and spectators
  • Priority camping for solo runners


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