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 Our inaugural event in 2016 was a great success, soon superceded by our 2017 that saw over double the numbers and amazing feedback, so we have to come back!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 (1)

Rough Runner Important Information

sent by Rough Runner on 17/08/2018 at 21:37
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 your wave time is 14:00. You will be briefed on the day but just as a heads up you'll be following pink flags and if you're ever in doubt follow the 5km signs.

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). 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

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