Durty Duathlon Series

Bowhill Duathlon Medium course

Durty Events is excited to announce the return of the Bowhill Duathlons.  These are low-key, back-to-basics off-road Duathlons based in the Scottish Borders What better way to motivate your training over the dark winter months, test your progress or simply have some good old muddy, wet and snowy fun!

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20 april 2024

12:00pm (noon) Saturday 20 April 2024

Run and cycle around the picturesque Bowhill Estate in the Scottish Borders.

A lot of you who are familiar with the series have been asking when it might make a return and now we are pleased to say it has😄. 

FAQ: How long are the courses?

We get this question a lot!. The ‘Short’ races have a winning time of approx. 40mins (split approx. 50%/50% between bike and run). The ‘Medium’ races have a winning time of approx. 60mins (again, approx. 50/50 between bike and run). We deliberately do not talk about distances as this is a pretty meaningless measure off-road. Other factors (surface, mud, steepness, single/doubletrack trails etc.) are all more influential.

So, if you’re a speedy racing snake, you’ll be finishing in around 40/60mins. If you’re back of the pack, that will generally be 80/120mins. Everyone else is somewhere in between.

Join us for the Complete Duathlon Series

Kick off 2024 in style with a series of 4 Duathlon Events taking place in 2 stunning locations, we will have 2 events at the picturesque Bowhill Estate near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders and 2 events at the stunning St Ninians site near Dunfermline

These relaxed events are open to all and the format is usually Mountain Bike followed by Trail Run, sometimes the other way round or possibly Run-Bike-Run. What the races always are though is muddy, a bit hilly and a lot of fun. Trust us, Bowhill & St Ninians will CERTAINLY not disappoint in any of these departments!.

They’re very newcomer friendly and relaxed, but can also offer a stiff challenge if you’re wanting to try and go quick.  We welcome newbies to internationalists, triathletes, runners, bikers, and people who just like to do ‘stuff’. Come and have a go. These events will keep your racing/training motivation going over the long winter months. 

Event Dates:

Race 1 – St Ninians – 9th March 2024

Race 2 – Bowhill – 23rd March 2024

Race 3 – St Ninians – 6th April 2024

Race 4 – Bowhill – 20th April 2024

Here is how the series will work:

Enter the events as a series entry and you will be on the start list for each of the 4 events, you will then need to complete 3 out of the 4 events to be eligible for a series win.

Prizes will be awarded in the Male and Female Categories for the following:

Overall Series Winner

Senior (up to Age 39)

Veteran (Age 40-49)

Super Veteran (Age 50-59)

Vintage (60+)


This event is entirely off-road, so you will need an off road bike and trail shoes. The route gives great views of the Bowhill Estate taking in the labyrinth of paths and trails.

It’s a mixture of hard packed paths and muddy trails with challenging climbs and exhilarating descents.

Courses may be subject to change depending on weather conditions in the lead up to the event.

The athlete guide can be downloaded here. Please take time to read the briefing and take note of the registration and start times.

Please make sure you arrive in time for registration as volunteers on registration move out on to the course and so are unable to register you after the registration closing time.

What’s included in the entry fee?

  • Professionally organised race
  • Race medical first aid cover
  • Chip Timing
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Male and Female Overall and in each category

Bowhill Country Estate

Nr Selkirk, TD7 5ET From Selkirk Rugby Club, head west on the A708 (towards Moffat)  for approx 2miles. At the Generals Brig, turn left onto the minor road across the River Yarrow, and go uphill for approx 100metres. Then turn right into the Bowhill Estate and follow the signs.

Registration and Race HQ will be in the sheltered and attractive courtyard of the house. There is an adjacent and on-site cafe/tea-room, and also ‘real’ toilets (rather than a manky portable toilet!). So, a bit more suitable to bring friends and family along to spectate and a day out in the Country Park.

Transition will be within the visitors car park on gravel/hard standing approx. 100m from Race HQ. 

Car Parking will be in a field, or on hard-standing and verges a few minutes walk from Race HQ.


What should I wear?

It is winter so bring something warm to wear for before and after the race. For the race wear run clothing suitable for the weather on the day and make sure you are in your trail shoes, on-road trainers are not advised.

Do I need full waterproofs?

We are not going up any massive hills on these events so you do not need to carry full hill kit. You may want to bring a waterproof jacket and extra layer just in case the weather gets chilly.

Can I run with my dog?

Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted to run with you at these events.

What is the exact route?

Full route information will be published on our website around 2 weeks prior to the event. Some routes require land owner permission and cannot be recced prior to the event, we therefore do not publish the route in advance of the events.

Can I defer?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer deferrals, for information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events.

Can I have a refund?

For information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events.

Can I change distance?

If the event you have entered has more than 1 distance option available then it is possible to transfer to another distance, this must be done at least 2 weeks in advance of the event and may be subject to a small admin fee. Please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events for more information.

I’ve forgotten if I signed up, can you check?

If you ticked the box on sign up to allow your name to be published on our website then head over to the entries page and view the list to check for your name.


If your question has not been answered here, then feel free to send an email to info@durtyevents.com where we will be more than happy to answer your query.

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