The Rigg Race
The Rigg Race is traditionally held on the Monday evening of Balerno Children’s Gala week towards the end of May. Entry is now online, click here for entry central.
Entries open: Sunday 2nd April 2023 at 5:00pm until Sunday 28th May 2023 at 5.00pm on a first-come-first-served basis..
RUN: Monday 29th May 2023 at 7:30pm
If you want to be notified when entries open for Rigg Race 2023 please click here: here
ALL: Medal or Memento to every finisher. Category prizes and trophies. Discount vouchers.
COURSE: The course starts in Malleny Park and runners head up through the village of Balerno, along the Rigg Road and back down through Cockburnhill. A few final turns and the race finishes back in the Rugby Club grounds. The total distance is about 6 miles.
Entry – Online Registration
This year Entry Central on-line registration is available. Standard/Club is £10/£8 or £3 fancy dress. This submits your details ahead of the race and ensures a much smoother registration process.
With many thanks to the sponsors The Balerno Inn, Scotmid, Appin Sports and SportsShoes.com for their support.
And to the Balerno Gala Society for their assistance in organising this event.
Keep up-to-date with the latest event announcements on our Facebook Page
Any questions then please ask e-mail the organiser at email@example.com
And a little race history…
We’re not sure when the first race was held. It started life as a walking event held on the Gala Day for workers at Balerno Mill. As the villages of Currie and Balerno grew, and dependancy on the Mill for employment declined, the two villages decided to hold separate Gala Days, which in turn grew into a week of activities for Balerno Residents.
The route of the course has also changed many times, and for several years was run in the reverse direction to todays race. The race was a walking event until 1963. The first winner of the “running” race was John Fairgrieve, who went on to become the SAF convener for Track & Field in Scotland. John won the race three times in the sixties as part of a successful athletics career before moving into a succesful career in athletics administration and international team management. The race grew in popularity, attracting increasing numbers of club athletes, however a disagreement between the Gala committee and SAF in the early nineties resulted in the race being non-permitted, and restricted to local residents. In 1998 the organisers, Balerno Childrens Gala and Harmeny AC, decided it should be opened up as a fundraiser for the Gala and so it became an SAF permitted event, attracting 130 entries. The first winner of the newly “open” race was evergreen veteran Brian Kirkwood, who had won the race nearly twenty years previously.
The current course starts in Malleny Park, home of Currie RFC, and runners head up through the village and up towards the Pentland hills, past the ruins of the Marchbank Hotel. Turning right at the Red Moss, a protected site of scientific interest, runners head along East Rigg with breathtaking views of the Pentland hills on their left. At the end of this long gently climbing straight the course turns right, and following a last small incline the first down hill is reached (and cramp may kick in). Another tree-lined straight leads back to Balerno and the relief of a long gentle descent towards the village centre and back to Malleny Park. The distance is approximately six miles – visit http://www.gmap-
|2021||Kim Anderson (virtual)||Harmeny||00:43:42|
|2020||Cancelled due to Covid|
|2016||Lana Turnbull||Lothian RC||00:38:38|
|2014||Lana Turnbull||Lothian RC||00:41:00|
|2005||Lucy Colquhoun||Edinburgh Traithletes||00:37:35|
|2000||Maria Psatha||Glasgow Cal U||00:37:40|
|1998||Justine Hewson||Edin T.C.||00:39:58|
|2021||Robert Simpson(virtual)||Shettleston Harriers||00:32:24|
|2020||Cancelled due to Covid|
|2013||Colin Mcgill||Edinburgh AC||00:31:59|
|2010||Ross Houston||Central AC||00:29:46|
|2000||Ranald Simister||Latv Uzvil, Switzerland||00:31:25|