Everyone is welcome to come and join the FoxTrail family this year with our 5km running series. Following the success of last year’s series we are now adding a new race for the 2017/18 season! That’s a total of FOUR exciting 5km races spread across the winter. FoxTrail 5km is for all abilities, from club runners to complete running novices. If you’ve never felt confident to get off the roads and explore the countryside then this is just the ticket. What’s more, our 5km races are suitable for runners aged 13 years and up, so get the family involved for some competition this winter!
**NEW THIS YEAR** NIGHT TIME 5KM…ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO RUN WITH THE FOXES? SEE ‘RACE TWO’ FOR MORE INFO…
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 5km 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!
If this is your first ever 5km race or perhaps you have done a bit of running in the past and fancy getting back into it, our running guru John from www.silentrunningscotland.com has pulled together the perfect plan to get you back on track or the trail in this case!
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 Registration||From 8.00am|
5K Race Two, Night Route –
Following the success of last year’s Night Time 10km we are launching our night time 5km! Get ready to run with the foxes in the woods surrounding Foxlake in the dead of night. As part of East Lothian’s Saltire Week, we will be illuminating our very own enchanted forest along with having a party tent as the start/finish line. You can expect; music, lights, mud, and perhaps even our infamous water splash on the 5km route.
As this is a night time event, a head torch is mandatory. See ‘Kit’ below for more information. Runners must keep their wits about them for a sure footed race in the pitch black woods.
The question is…have you got what it takes to run with the foxes…?
As this is a night time event a good running/walking style head torch is mandatory. Please ensure you carry spare batteries/fully charge the head torch prior to the race. We also advise you train with the head torch to become accustomed to the focus point of the light, the weight/feel of it, and predicting the ground surface. Running with a head torch is a skill that is best mastered before the race!
Trail running shoes/running shoes with a good tread are advised to cope with the uneven ground.
As this event is part of East Lothian’s Saltire week it is Saltire themed, that means all things tartan and blue and white are welcomed!
Race 3 in the FoxTrail 5k series takes us away from FoxTrail HQ for a change of scenery 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 way-marked and marshalled. Get into that explorer mode and see where our trail takes you.
Balgone is unique for its topographical features, with rocky crags and low lying valleys, Balgone provides a completely different experience to any of the other FoxTrail runs!
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 Registration||From 8am|
Race four is the final race in the 5km 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 four 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 Registration||From 8.00am|
Car parking for Races One, Two and Four, located at FoxTrail HQ, Foxlake Adventures, will be located in Foxlake’s overflow carpark. If you have never been to Foxlake before please follow the link below for more instructions:
Please note that you will be directed to Foxlake’s over-flow car park by marshals and not the regular carpark.
For Race Three, Balgone Estate, North Berwick. The race will be located within the post code belo. However, please note detailed directions will be emailed prior to race day:
Balgone Barns, North Berwick EH39 5NY
Marshals 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
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 5km series. The Boardside Café will be open for the three 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. Regrettably, we are unable to offer refunds for participants unable to make the selected reserve dates.
Race 1: 05/11/2017
Race 2: Regrettably, we are unable to offer a reserve date for this event – all participants will receive a full refund or a deferral of entry to next years race.
Race 3: 21/01/2018
Race 4: 4/03/2018
The top three men and women 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 4 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!!
Note the Night Time 5k has additional kit requirements – see “Race 2, Night Time 5k” for more details.