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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Alongside the 1st December Night Time 5km and 10km we’re upping the ante to something completely new…Saturday the 2nd December sees the launch of the NOCTURNAL ULTRA!


Race structure

Race start will be 4pm at Foxlake, for the next six hours participants will run on a 5km loop competing to cover the most ground possible in the 6 hours!

With both a solo event and a relay team event you can choose to tackle the Nocturnal Ultra on your own, or choose to share the challenge and compete in a team of three runners. Whoever completes the most laps in the 6 hours thus, covering the furthest distance will claim the title of NOCTURNAL 6 CHAMPION 2017/18.  This is a game of tactics, patience, and both physical and mental endurance.

Whether running as a solo competitor or in a relay team you will be able to track your position in a live feed of the series standings as you loop through the tent with our chip timing system.


Relay runners – it’s up to you to decide upon a game plan, be it running a lap each or an hour each, you can play to your strengths to run an exciting and challenging race. Relay teams can be Male, Female, or Mixed with the first place in each category earning a 1st place medal.



Whilst you’re not running you can relax and keep the muscles warm in our heated recovery zone, listen to some music, refuel and watch the competition closely on the live stream leader-board. The marquee is also the ideal place for spectators, cheer on your runners from the warmth of the marquee and take in the atmosphere in what will be a spectacular event.



Needing to grab some water out on the trail? The race route will run directly through our rave barn, where a dedicated DJ will be playing tracks through the decades and party-goers will be there to cheer you on every step of the way. Each lap could see you being transported a decade with some classic tracks being played all the way back from the 60’s – the perfect moral booster for the duration of the 6 hour race!



Leisure Time Sports supported by Inov-8 will be present at HQ with a pop up shop, stocked with products for runners to purchase on the night; including thermal base layers, hydration products, socks, recovery gels, and more.

More details on the Marquee will be released closer to the event…we have some tricks up our sleeves that we are sure you will love!



The Nocturnal Ultra Marathon is being supported by local accommodation providers to offer our competitors reduced rates for weekend of the 1st/2nd of December. Please get in touch with us directly if you require any further information.

Belhaven Caravan Park     Quote ‘FoxTrail’ for 10% Discount

Harvest Moon Holidays    Quote “FoxTrail’ for special discount

Bayswell Hotel   Quote “FoxTrail” for 10% Discount



EARLY BIRD ENTRY – Solo runner £40.00 // Relay entry, teams of 3 people, £20.00 per team member




FULL PRICE AFTER EARLY BIRD ENDS – Solo runner £45.00 // Relay entry, teams of 3 people, £22.00 per team member


Race Route

Route map to be released closer to the event…


Please note that there will be a mixture of different and challenging terrain on the route and conditions will be muddy, soft and very slippy in areas. As this is a night race visibility will be poor compared to daylight racing therefore, a reliable pair of trail running shoes will be necessary for the race.

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Race timetable

Race timetable

Race Registration 1500 – 1545
Race Brief 1545
Race Start

Race Finish




Water Station

Water Station

Free Tea or Coffee with a biscuit will be provided after the race.

The water station will be located at the 5km mark in the Marquee, the runners will pass through the marquee every 5km and will have access to the water at any time during the six hours.

What's Included

Whats Included

All runners will receive their race number and safety pins at registration. And tea/coffee and biscuits after the race.

All finishers will receive a handmade medal after the race. Podium medals will be presented to the top three men and top three women. Relay teams will be awarded first place only for the top male team, female team, and mixed team.

Route Marshalling

Route Marshaling/ Marking

The route will be way marked with tape and signposts, and marshals will be situated at key points in the race.

Please remember to double check the route map before the race start, as this is a night event it is crucial you stick to the way-marked route to avoid getting lost.

A final route map will be 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.


Prizes/ Medals

All runners will receive a finishers medal upon completion of the event. The Nocturnal Ultra will use chip timing to record the number of laps completed by an individual/relay team.

More information will be released on the perks of the marquee closer to the time…expect music, warmth, food, and potentially even a massage corner!



Race marshals will have minor 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.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In the event of extreme weather the race may be cancelled due to safety concerns for the runners. Regrettably, we are unable to offer a reserve date for the Night Time events. Therefore, we will refund the race entry fee or transfer entries to next years event should we have to cancel the race.

For participants/teams looking to withdraw from the race or defer entry, the last date we can accept any request is the 24th of November 2017.



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 transport to Foxlake Adventures is available via taxi or bus.

Train  times 

Central Belt Train Timetable

Edin 0707 – Dunbar 0727

Dunbar 1105- Edin 1137 OR Dunbar 1138 – Edin 1205

Local Taxi Firm

Torrance Taxis: 01368862612

Kit List

Kit List

Trail running shoes recommended to cope with terrain.

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!

As you will loop through HQ every 5km you may wish to bring a change of kit with you for during the race.

Warm clothing for after the event – remember this is a winter event series and as the race will be finishing at 2200 it will be cold!


A race leader board will be available here…more info to follow.