The Virtual Rigg Race 2021

Malleny Park (Currie Rugby Club)

Online Registration

Race Details

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, see link below.

Entries open Sun 4th April at 8:00pm until Monday 31st May 2021.

RUN: From Mon 31st MAY to Wed 30th JUNE

AFTER: Log into your Entry Central account to upload your Garmin or Strava result. Run as many times as you want, but only one run can be uploaded.

ALL: Medal or Memento to every finisher. Category prizes and trophies. Discount vouchers.

FREE: Appin Sports Beanie Hat to the first 30 entries

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.

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Entry – Online Registration

This year Entry Central on-line registration is available.  Standard/Club is £8/£6 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 Run and Become, 2PURE, Carlyle’s Bar & Kitchen, Scotmid and Appin Sports for their continued 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

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 for a route map.

Year Winning Lady Club Time
2019 Hazel McCormick EAC 00:37:35
2018 Mairead McManus HBT 00:40:03
2017 Kristin Lownie Carnegie 00:39:39
2016 Lana Turnbull Lothian RC 00:38:38
2015 Edel Mooney Lothian 00:36:59
2014 Lana Turnbull Lothian RC 00:41:00
2013 Phyllis O’Brian HBT 00:41:23
2012 Phyllis O’Brian HBT 00:40:21
2011 Phyllis O’Brian HBT 00:41:27
2010 Edel Mooney Lothian 00:36:41
2009 Melanie Henderson Portobello 00:38:41
2008 Sarah Balancier CoE 00:36:18
2007 Claire Gordon HBT 00:37:44
2006 Lucy Colquhoun Carnethy 00:35:25
2005 Lucy Colquhoun Edinburgh Traithletes 00:37:35
2004 Megan Clark HBT 00:36:31
2003 Debra Murray CoE 00:37:54
2002 Megan Clark HBT 00:36:17
2001 Justine Hewson CoE 00:39:54
2000 Maria Psatha Glasgow Cal U 00:37:40
1999 Karen Newman CoE 00:36:42
1998 Justine Hewson Edin T.C. 00:39:58
Year Winning Man Club Time
2019 Tom Martyn HBT 00:30:39
2018 Chris Poxton CAAC 00:33:03
2017 Tom Martyn HBT 00:31:10
2016 Murray Strain HBT 00:31:27
2015 Bryan Clark Corstorphine 00:32:46
2014 Donald Naylor HBT 00:31:40
2013 Colin Mcgill Edinburgh AC 00:31:59
2012 William townsend HBT 00:33:11
2011 Huw Jones HBT 00:35:07
2010 Ross Houston Central AC 00:29:46
2009 Dave Wright HBT 00:32:11
2008 Ross Milne Lothian 00:31:47
2007 Moray Anderson Corstorphine 00:30:40
2006 Zak Bouchenka Portobello 00:30:50
2005 Moray Anderson CAAC 00:31:09
2004 Phillip Mowbray HBT 00:30:26
2003 Phillip Mowbray HBT 00:30:47
2002 Scott Bissett Corstorphine 00:31:34
2001 Scott Bissett Corstorphine 00:32:32
2000 Ranald Simister Latv Uzvil, Switzerland 00:31:25
1999 Brian Kirkwood Mizuno 00:31:18
1998 Brian Kirkwood Mizuno 00:30:39