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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The John Muir Ultra Marathon is back with a vengeance for the 2017 Season! Brought to you by the FoxTrail Winter Running Series team the JMWU ULTRA takes in the best of East Lothians views and trails as it tackles the iconic John Muir Way.


The John Muir Way Ultra Marathon is in its second year and is currently the only race of its type on the East coast of Scotland. Guaranteeing to provide competitors with mile upon mile of East Lothians most stunning and iconic coastal stretches, rural landscapes and woodland trails. The route will begin at Port Seton Promenade and primarily follow the well-established John Muir Way. Meandering through a number of historic towns and villages including Aberlady, Gullane and North Berwick with the race finishing at FoxTrail HQ; Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar.


The John Muir Way Ultra Marathon will be 50km in distance on a relatively flat and fast course, the trail will climb gradual inclines at points when the John Muir Way meanders inland away from the coastline. The John Muir Ultra Marathon has proven to be the ideal route for those wishing to take the plunge into ULTRA running. For those elite ULTRA runners, this is the ideal race to stretch your legs along the stunning John Muir Way along with being an easily accessible race to incorporate into the season schedule.

If the thought of 50K running is a little out of your reach then why not find a buddy and enter into our relay, covering 25K per runner and handing over the baton at North Berwick Lifeboat Station. 


The Race registration will take place at Foxtrail HQ; Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar. Here cars are welcome to be parked for the duration of the race, as this will be the finish point of the race. Transport to the race start in Port Seton will be provided as part of the entry fee.

Full race brief and map will be released in the run up to the race.  

Entry Fee 


RELAY £25 per runner 


John Muir Way Ultra Marathon Race Route  


The terrain will be very mixed, there are tarmac pavements, some quiet roads and a great deal of off-road tracks. The Off-Road tracks vary from dry Land Rover tracks to wet and muddy forrest footpaths and will contain tree stumps and trip hazards are common. There is also a short section on the beach just short of the 25km mark. We would strongly recommend the use of good trail running shoes.


Race timetable


Race timetable

The John Muir Way Ultra Marathon will start at 9.00am on Saturday the 1st of April 2017.

Key Times

7.00am – Race registration/Parking at Foxlake Adventures (EH42 1XF)
8.00am – Complimentary Buses leave for the Start Line (Port Seton, EH32 0DF)
8.30am – Arrive at Start Line (Toilets available)
8.45am – Pre-Race Briefing and Photo
8.55am – Line up for Start
9.00am – Race Start
10.40am – First (approx) Relay Change Over at North Berwick (EH39 4LB)
12.15pm – Finish line ready for first runner at Foxlake
1.00pm – Cut-Off Time at North Berwick, 25.5k (EH39 4LB)
2.00pm – Prize giving, timing dependent on finishers of each category
4.00pm – Finish line close


Parking will be located at Foxtrail HQ; Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar. Please follow the link below for detailed instructions on how to get to Foxlake;

 Directions to Foxlake

More detailed directions for parking will be released in the race brief.

Water/ Aid Stations

Water/ Aid Stations

There will be 4 water/aid stations located along the Trail. There will be two marshals present  to assist all runners and provide water/sustenance if required. The Aid stations are intended to offer supplementary water and food.


We would highly recommend each runner plans their own hydration/eating strategy and utilises our aid stations as a back up/supplement.


Exact locations of each aid station will be released due course. Tea/Coffee /Water and snacks will be provided at the finish line for competitors.


Whats Included

Whats Included

All runners will receive their race number and safety pins at registration. Water and food will be provided at four stations situated through the race and tea/ coffee and biscuits will be provided after the race.

All finishers will receive a finishers medal upon completion of the ULTRA.

Route Marshalling

Route Marshaling/ Marking

The route will be way marked with tape and signage, and marshals will be situated at key points in the race. However we ask all runners study the route map prior to the race start to avoid runners going off course.

Route marshals are there for your safety and supervision, many of our marshals are fully qualified in first aid and all will be carrying minor first aid kits. On Race day we will also have floating marshals contactable by mobile phone should you require any assistance.

A detailed route map including marshals locations  and food/ aid station locations will be released alongside a detailed Race Route, Race Overview and Emergency Contact details/procedure in advance before Race Day.



The John Muir Way Ultra Marathon is covered by event/public Liability Insurance, all racers and spectators that attend the event and participate at their own risk.

Prizes/ Medals

Prizes/ Medals

The top three men and woman will receive our coveted podium medals and a goodie-bag with prizes from our generous sponsors.

All finishers will receive a John Muir Way Ultra Medal.

There will also be sponsored spot prizes given out on race days so try and stick around for announcements as if your race number is called and you are not there the prize will be given to the next number!



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 and a support vehicle will be floating throughout the duration of the race.

In case of emergency please carry with you a mobile phone.

Major injury/ emergency procedure and minor injury/ non emergency procedures will be included in the race brief that is released closer to the event.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In the unfortunate event of extreme weather resulting in the cancellation of the race a full refund will be given to entrants. This is due to the fact that we are unable to reschedule this event to another day.



The John Muir Way Ultra Marathon is an A to B race, we will be providing complimentary transport via coach from Foxlake to the start line in Port Seton. Participants are welcome to leave their vehicles at Foxlake for the duration of the race. Please note that transport will be provided from Foxlake to Port Seton ONLY. There will be no transport provided for participants running the second of the Team Relay from North Berwick.


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 busses, ask for Foxlake Adventures) or a taxi. Bus times are infrequent; a taxi may be more suited to the race time.

The race timetable will be released closer to the event.

Train Times

Central Belt Train Timetable

Local Taxi Firm

Torrance Taxis; 01368862612

Kit List

Kit List

Trail running shoes and clothing suitable to  weather conditions – remember this is Scotland’s East Coast where 4 seasons in one day is expected!

As this is an endurance event  you may wish to carry your own gels/ food and water, there will be water and food stations on the route but your own supply to suit your own needs is also advised.

A mobile phone is mandatory kit for this race, if possible we would advise a phone with GPS and downloading the app GB grid converter allowing runners to relay OS Grid Reference Locations at any point through the race.

Contact numbers of race organisers will be given in the race brief.

Lastly please bring warm clothes for after the event, there will be places to store kit bags at Foxlake Adventures.

Team Relay Information

Relay Teams will be comprised of two runners per team, both of which will cover 25km each.


The Team Relay change over will take place at the 25km distance mark. The Race Registration (for the 2nd Leg Runner) and Relay Change over will take place at the RNLI Boat House located at the Harbour in North Berwick.


Detailed information relating to registration and change over instructions/logistics, transport, parking and full race timetable will be issued in due course. If you have specific questions relating to the Team Relay do not hesitate to contact us on

Please note that transport will be provided from Foxlake to the start line in Port Seton ONLY. There will be no transport provided for participants running the second leg of the Relay from North Berwick. Participants running the second leg of the relay will be responsible for their own travel to the change over in North Berwick.