St Ninian’s Duathlon

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Durty Events is excited to bring to you a brand new pair of events – the St Ninian’s Duathlon Series. From the scarred landscape of an open cast mine, a new landscape has emerged and we invite you to run and ride it with us.

St Ninian’s is an incredible site that’s perfectly sculpted for off-road for racing. The venue is easily accessible from the M90, just north of Dunfermline, and is less than a 1 hour drive from Glasgow and 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Fife and Perth.

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6 April 2024

10am Saturday 6 April 2024

Run and cycle the four corners of earth all in one day.  Durty Events brings you the St Ninian’s Duathlon.

If you have been taking part in our events for a while you may remember the Bowhill Duathlon series in the Scottish Borders, it was proper back-to-basic Durty, muddy fun on challenging climbs and interesting single-track. This is shaping up to be more of the same.

Taking place in the scenic St Ninian’s Open Cast Mine Site where a series of large mounds represent the four corners of the earth where Scots have settled and left their mark.  The Scottish World – The Fife Earth Project have created a striking, iconic, sculpted landscape and we invite you to explore it with us.  We will take you around the earth and up the “Walnut Whip”, all of this in striking distance of the M90. Whether you are out for the win or just out for the day, we welcome you to our duathlon series. This will be a Run-Bike-Run event with the Medium course (6th April) winning time being around 60mins and the short course (March 9th) winning time expected to be around 40mins.

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 Loch Fitty and a takes in a challenging climb up the “Walnut Whip”.

It’s a mixture of hard packed paths and off road grass tracks, with some gravel path and some stunning views.

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

The athlete briefing 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

St Ninians Former Open Cast Mine Site

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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 where we will be more than happy to answer your query.


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