Foxtrail | 5K Series
FoxTrail is the Winter Running series based in and around the beautiful Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar, East Lothian. The five race series, set to the backdrop of East Lothian’s most iconic beaches, estuaries and coastline, will be centred primarily on the East Neuk of the county between Lochhouses and Belhaven beach, utilising what must be some of the most scenic trail routes in the country.
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Everyone is welcome to come and join the FoxTrail family this year with our new 5K running series. Three exciting new 5K races spread across the winter are the perfect introduction to trail running for runners of all abilities! If you’ve never felt confident to get off the roads and explore the countryside then this is just the ticket. 


What is trail running?

What is this ‘trail running’ that everyone’s harking on about?! To cut a long muddy story short, it’s basically the more adventurous, more exciting and more breath-taking (in more ways than one) counterpart to road running. Say goodbye to the achy concrete knees and the same old mundane routes around the block, and let us open your eyes to the possibilities your countryside has to offer! FoxTrail 5 allows you to do this on safe, marshalled and route-marked courses, we guarantee that once you’ve tested the trails you’ll never want to go back to the boring run round the block.

Expect to get wet and muddy, and most importantly; expect to have a brilliant time doing it!


Need a training plan….Look no further!

If this is your first ever 5K race or perhaps you have done a bit of running in the past and fancy getting back into it, our running guru John from has pulled together the perfect plan to get you back on track or the trail in this case!

5k Training Plan

RACE 1, 05 NOVEMBER 2016


Entry Fee  £8.00

Race One Overview

Race 1 Route

5K Race One Route (mapometer)

The debut race of the series; now is the time to get involved. The perfect challenge to get fit over winter starts NOW!

Expect a mix of woodland trails and farm paths underfoot. With very little elevation we’re easing you in gently to the FoxTrail 5! The course will be fully waymarked and marshalled no need to worry about getting lost, just enjoy the views!


A decent pair of trainers will be just dandy for this event; don’t worry about splashing out on trail shoes just yet! Just rock up in the kit that you run and feel comfortable in during training.


Race One timetable


Race timetable

Race Registration From 8.00am
Race Brief 8.45am
Race Start 9.00am


Race 2, 21 JANUARY 2017

Balgone Estate, North Berwick

Entry Fee £8.00

Race Two Overview

Race 2 Route

Race 2 in the FoxTrail 5 takes us away from FoxTrail HQ for a change of scene to the stunning Balgone Estate near North Berwick.

Expect mud… and lots of it! Balgone is the site of Total Warrior so has the potential to be the muddiest of the series! Again the course will be completely waymarked and marshalled, just get into that explorer mode and see where our trail takes you.


A decent pair of trainers will be just dandy for this event, don’t worry about splashing out on trail shoes just yet! Be warned this may be muddy so spare clothes would be a good idea but for the race just wear the clothing you are comfortable wearing!


Race Two Timetable


Race timetable

Race Registration From 8am
Race Brief 8.45am
Race Start 9.00am

Race 3, 04 MARCH 2017


Entry Fee £8.00

Race Three Overview

Race 3 Route

Race three is the final race in the 5K series, so we’re taking you back to where it all started at FoxTrail HQ, Foxlake Adventures. The route will follow the same trail as race 1, the perfect opportunity for you to up the training and go out with a bang with a PR on the FoxTrail 5!

The series is designed to challenge you over the winter months, a time when it’s easy to forget about exercise. Running all three of our FoxTrail 5 races this winter is just the ticket to keep you motivated through the long winter months. 


A decent pair of trainers will be just dandy for this event; don’t worry about splashing out on trail shoes just yet!


Race Three Timetable


Race timetable

Race Registration From 8.00am
Race Brief 8.45am
Race Start 9.00am




Car parking for Races One and Three, located at FoxTrail HQ, Foxlake Adventures will be located at Foxlake’s overflow carpark. If you have never been to Foxlake before please follow the link below for more instructions;

Directions to Foxlake

Please note that you will be directed to Foxlake’s over-flow car park and not the regular carpark.

Fox Race Two, Balgone Estate, North Berwick. The race will be located within the post code below however please note detailed directions will be emailed prior to Race day;

Balgone Barns, North Berwick EH39 5NY

Marshalls will be operation to assist parking. A one way system may be in operation depending on race numbers.


Wherever possible please share transport to and from the event with other runners and help us reduce the carbon footprint of our events.

A train from Edinburgh is available to/ from Dunbar train station and then via bus (East Linton bound buses, ask for Foxlake Adventures) or a taxi. Bus times are infrequent; a taxi may be more suited to race times.

Train Times suitable to race times

Central Belt Train Timetabl

Edin 0707– Dunbar 0727

Dunbar 1138– Edin 1205 OR Dunbar 1308–  Edin 1338

Local Taxi Firm

Torrance Taxis; 01368862612


All routes are waymarked with tape and signage, and marshals will be situated at key points in the race.

Please remember to double check the route map before the race start.

Final route maps can be found on the race info pages released prior to the event day.


The FoxTrail Winter Running Series is covered by event/public Liability Insurance, all racers and spectators that attend the event and participate at their own risk.


All runners will receive their race number and safety pins at registration.

Tea/ coffee and biscuits will be provided as part of the race entry for the 5K series. The Boardside Café will be open for both races taking place at Foxlake Adventures.



Race marshals will have first aid kits and a radio/ mobile phone if further assistance is required the majority of marshals are also qualified first aiders.

The race start/ finish area will also have first aid provisions and first aid qualified staff.

Please note that emergency procedure details will be issued prior to Race Day. If you have any doubts about your fitness prior to entering or running one of the races, we would advise you to consult your GP. 


In the event of extreme weather the race may be cancelled and re-arranged for a later date. In the event of this race being cancelled we have marked the following week as the reserve dates for all three races. Regretably we are unable to offer refunds for participants unable to make the reserve date.

Reserve dates;

Race 1: 12/11/2016

Race 2: 22/01/2017

Race 3: 11/04/2017


The top three men and woman in each race will receive our coveted handmade medals at the prize giving, at the end of each event.

The overall series winner will be announced and presented with their medals and prize bags on the final race day, to be eligible for the series winner award you must enter all 3 of the FoxTrail 5 races.


There will also be sponsored spot prizes given out on race days! We would encourage all of our competitors to hang around after the race for the prize giving as there are plenty of opportunities to bag a spot prize.


Trainers/ trail running shoes

Running clothing suitable to weather conditions- remember this is a winter event series, we would also recommend bringing warm clothing for after the race to stay warm!!