Rough Runner Scotland (Sunday)

Are you ready Scotland?

That’s right, Rough Runner is coming back for a 3rd year running! Our inaugural event in 2016 was a great success, soon superceded by our 2017 that saw over double the numbers and amazing feedback, so we have to come back!

So we’re bringing back our awesome, TV game show-inspired obstacles north of the border, to the stunning Penicuik Estate, a venue that’s easily accessible from a bunch of major Scottish cities. It’s an amazing place and it makes for an incredible course.

It's a brand new venue for 2018, so even if you’ve run our Scotland event before, this will be a whole new experience.

So go create a team, grab some friends and colleagues and help us to make an absolutely amazing event happen!

The Rough Runner Challenge….. is mainly lots of FUN but also:

Rough Runner is an obstacle course challenge, combining distance running with a variety of obstacles along the way, each inspired by game shows such as Total Wipeout, Takeshi’s Castle, Gladiators, and Fun House. Expect sweeper arms, giant pigeon battles, big balls and yes, The Travelator!

Rough Runner’s first Scottish event took place in 2016, and in August 2017 we had over the twice the turnout with lots of returning runners which was great to see! So we’re back in 2018, with an event that’ll be bigger and better than ever!

Taking place through a deer park overlooking the Firth of Forth, you’ll get a vista beyond comparison, while dodging the deer and taking on a few gigantic obstacles in your way!

It’s the only event in Scotland that gives you the chance to take on the Travelator, so grab a ticket and get on that treadmill…


  • Please arrive on site around 1 hour prior to your start time, to get yourself registered, set up and ready to run!
  • For most, driving will be the best means of getting there, so grab a mate or two and road trip it!

Things you’ll need to bring:

1. A print out of your ticket, a signed waiver and photo ID. You can’t race without!

2. Cash for food and drinks on site – there will not be card machines. Car parking is £5 cash on the day.

3. Suitable clothing. This is up to you, but we’d suggest a warm change of clothes for after the event and gloves to use during (you can buy these on the day for £10). You will get muddy, and so will your trainers, so don’t wear anything you are particularly precious about!

Otherwise just check back here in the run up to the event, or feel free to drop us a line here.

Entry Fee Includes:

Free spectator access to the event for your friends & Family.

Bag drop service.

An awesome medal for participating!

Want our high quality, sexy, technical T-shirt? It’s available for a mere £17.50 during checkout

Food stalls – don’t forget to bring some cash.

Organiser Updates (5)

Your event video is here! Did you make the cut?

sent by Rough Runner on 31/08/2018 at 16:11

It's time to re-live the action!

Our first ever event at Penicuik estate went down a storm, so we hope the video does it justice.

Lastly if you've not seen them be sure to check out the on course photos online at:


Jonathan & Thorfinn (RR founders)


sent by Rough Runner on 17/08/2018 at 08:33
Hi Roughian,

This is it! Our final checklist of where to go and what to bring to make sure you get the best out of Rough Runner this weekend.


First of all - CHECK YOUR WAVE TIME!

Your ticket may show your requested slot, or you may have seen another time when booking, but that is NOT your wave time (the only exception is if you've spoken with some at RR directly about changing yours). Yours is in on the link above, so please arrive roughly an hour before to get yourself ready. You may well be asked to wait for your wave if you're too early, and you may not be able to run if you're late!

If you booked in the last week or so, you will not have a wave time so rock up from 9:00 to 11:00am and we'll fit you in. If you are coming with someone who does have a wave time, or you have a different time to your team, it's fine - show up with them and you'll be able to run together

For a full list of essentials for the event, please check out this page:

Importantly, prepare yourself for a tough course. The terrain is incredible, but pretty brutal in parts, especially if you're running the 15km! You can get your ankles strapped at the medic tent before the event for a few quid, which will help in preventing any annoying twists or sprains. Take care of any uneven ground you cross, and keep an eye out for the course marking flags!

For the Roughian Rascals, please have a look at for wave times and info specific to the kids' event. There are 2 waves each day, and the time varies slightly on each so make sure you know when your kids are running!

DIRECTIONS! The only access is from Carlops Road (A766) on the north of the estate. Use the postcode EH26 9LA and from there just look for the yellow AA road signs. Easy.

  • Photo ID
  • A print out of your ticket
  • £5 cash for parking
  • A print out of a signed waiver form (which you can download here -
  • Do NOT bring any animals on site! There is livestock in the area and it's an absolute no.

  • Wear clothes that are OK in the wet - you'll end up in pools throughout the course so come prepared.
  • Gloves - you will really need them! There are a lot of ropes & nets on the course, and gloves will help a lot in protecting your hands. We will have these on sale for £10 on the day so no Roughian needs to ruin their mitts!
  • Shoes - NON-SPIKED (our inflatable obstacles really don't like them!), but suitable for rough terrain including uneven ground, forest trails and hard tracks.
  • Cash - we do take card payments where possible, but most of the catering, coffees and other village stuff will be cash only.

FUN STUFF (though also very important!):

We'll have loads of stuff to do in the Runners' village, including a Gladiator Duel arena with Powerbar, who are also fuelling all our Roughians before and after the race with free energy gels and bars, so do say hi to them as you're attempting to knock each other over with pugil sticks!
The mighty Wainwright wall will also be there, with prizes for the fastest to the top, so be sure to have a go at that while you're on site - maybe before you crack into a Golden Beer at the bar...
Finally, stick around for the Travelator knock out contest at the end of the day. It's the toughest challenge of the whole event, where you get to take on the fast lane at ever increasing speeds, with a cash prize (and a whole lot of glory) for the winner! We also drop the prices at the bar for anyone watching, so you have yet another reason to stay on and enjoy the show!
That's it. See you very soon for the best game show-inspired obstacle event you'll ever do (till you come back again!).

The Rough Runner Team

Wave times and important event info!

sent by Rough Runner on 10/08/2018 at 18:08

The event is nearly upon us!

We're in no doubt that your training is well on track, your upper body strength is nothing short of terrifying, and the Travelator will quiver at the sight of your menacing approach.

BUT, before that moment arrives, here are some important bits of info we need you to read. Enjoy!

Wave times and event essentials
We've uploaded your wave times on the link below. Just hit the link, read the essential info about the event day, and click through to find your time.

PLEASE DO READ THIS. We've had lots of people in the past who've turned up at the wrong times because they've clearly not read everything they should have! DON'T BE ONE OF THEM!

You're as near as possible to the time that was requested and we have kept you with the rest of your team. These times override any other time displayed on a ticket, at the point of booking, via email or anything else, so be sure to make a note of yours.

If you didn't book on with the rest of your team, or have been put in a different slot, DON'T WORRY! Turn up with the team and we will let you run with them.

If you bought your ticket to the event in the last 24 hours, you may not appear on the list. If you have a team member who is on the list then come with them, otherwise turn up between 9.30am and 11.30am to register and we'll allocate you a wave on the day.

Be sure to read through the essentials that are on the link above at the same time. Remember to bring £5 cash for car parking, along with your ID, ticket and waiver at the very least.

Roughian Rascals, there's some specific info for your waves here:
The Travelator Knockout!

This is the Ultimate challenge on the single greatest obstacle in the world, taking place at the end of the day for our adult Roughians. Entry is free for anyone who runs as part of your Rough Runner experience!

It's your chance to take on the Travelator at ever increasing speeds, till there's just one Roughian standing who will win a cash prize and be crowned The Travelator Champion! Stick around till the end of the day (around 3-4pm normally) and get involved.

That's about it - We'll send you a final reminder of the essentials in a few days, so enjoy your final few days of anticipation!

The Rough Runner Team

Your ticket and event details

sent by Rough Runner on 08/08/2018 at 12:54
Hi Roughian!

Just a quick one, as the event is less than 2 weeks away!

- The event details (location, date, etc) are at the bottom of this email. If you can't see them for any reason, check out the Race Space page here:

- If you originally booked via Eventbrite, ignore the information there - your ticket was automatically transferred to the Race Space ticketing platform when we moved several months ago.

- Wave times will be up on Friday, so look out for another email then.

- Don't forget, we have a kids' course this year, so no need to leave your Rascals at home!

That's it! Hope the training's going well...

The Rough Runner Team

We're moving!

sent by Rough Runner on 12/06/2018 at 12:38

Just a quick, but important note.

We're moving!

We got an invite to host the Edinburgh event at a new estate just a few miles down the road, and it was such a stunning spot we couldn't resist.

It's even better suited for hosting each of the 3 routes and all our epic obstacles along the way, so enjoy the incredible vistas and terrains of the Penicuik Estate this August on your way around!

Want a preview? Then check out the estate website at

Otherwise just make sure you head to the right place in a few months' time!

See you there...

The Rough Runner Team

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