THE UK’S first rabbit Grand National will be held in North Yorkshire next weekend.

British bunnies have been in training to take on four of Sweden’s finest jumpers at the Yorkshire Event Centre, in Harrogate, on January 29 and 30.

The event will take place at the Burgess Premier Small Animal Show, which will feature more than 3,000 gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats.

Thirteen rabbits will compete in the race, during which they will jump over hurdles.

The world record for the highest jump was set in 1997 by Danish rabbit Tosen, which jumped almost a metre.