JOHN MUIR WAY ULTRA MARATHON (50K) & RELAY (25K)
“I could have become a millionaire, but chose instead to become a tramp” – John Muir
The annual John Muir Way Ultra Marathon is back! For the third year running we will tackle the John Muir Way as it follows East Lothian’s stunning and iconic coastline from Port Seaton Promenade to Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar.
50km over a flat and fast course, the JMU is suitable for all ULTRA runners either; aspiring newcomers to ultra trail running, or to those established wise owls of the trails! Guaranteeing to provide competitors with mile upon mile of East Lothian’s most stunning and iconic coastal stretches, rural landscapes, and woodland trails.!
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 via coaches as part of the entry fee. A full race brief and map will be released in the run up to the race!
The route begins at Port Seton Promenade, hugging the coastline the trail follows 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. The trail varies underfoot with sections of gravel track, farm tracks, and roadside paths in the village sections. As the John Muir way hugs the coastline it is a relatively flat course making for some fast finish times. The current course record was set in 2017 with Hugh McInnes completing the 50km course in 3:45:11 and Rachel Newstead setting the women’s record in a time of 4:10.19. Both records remain as the times to beat this year in the 2018 John Muir Way Ultra Marathon!
The relay event sees teams of two tackling 25km each. Team member one takes on the Port Seaton to North Berwick stretch, passing the baton at North Berwick RNLI where team member number two will carry on the homeward stretch to Foxlake HQ, Dunbar. Both legs offer variety of trails, each showcasing the stunning East Coast. If the 50km solo event is stretching it a bit then the relay a is the perfect race – train together with your teammate and enjoy the success together!
The terrain of the John Muir Ultra is mixed with spells of tarmac as you pass through the villages, farm roads, dirt trails and the red gravel path that covers stretches of the John Muir Way. Along with the unpredictability of an east coast spring comes with it a mix of mud and dry ground, and a section of beach running just beyond the 25k mark – be prepared for the weather and terrain with suitable trail shoes.
If you are in need of new trail shoes remember all FoxTrail runners get 10% off full price Inov8 trail running shoes at Leisure Time Sports in Haddington!
The John Muir Way Ultra Marathon will start at 9.00am on Saturday the 31st of March 2018.
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 the first runner at Foxlake
12.30pm -Cut-Off Time at North Berwick, 25.5k (EH39 4LB)
1.30pm – Cut-Off Time at Balgone Estate, 32k
2.30pm -Prize giving ceremony
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;
More detailed directions for parking will be released in the race brief.
There will be 5 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, although our aid stations will be well stocked!
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.
All runners will receive race numbers and safety pins at race registration in the morning at Foxlake HQ. A complimentary coach will then transport all runners to the start line in Port Seaton. Water and food stations are provided at five points along the route with stations providing, water, flat coke, jelly sweets, fruit, and cereal bars. Our generous sponsors at Archerfield Walled Garden provide what must be one of the best feed stops on any race… (first leg relay runners you are in for a treat!).
All runners will receive a cup of tea or coffee and tray bake bites from Foxlake’s Boardside Café.
Finishers will all receive one of our coveted handmade wooden medals to celebrate completing the John Muir Way Ultra Marathon!
The route will be way marked with tape and directional arrow signage. Marshals situated at key points in the race. However: we ask all runners study the route map prior to the race start to avoid 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 equipped to deal with minor injuries.
On race day, we will also have floating marshals contactable by mobile phone should you require any assistance and you are not near a stationary marshal.
A detailed Route Map including marshal 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.
The top three men and women, and winning relay teams in the categories; male-male, male-female, and female-female, will receive our coveted podium medals and a goodie-bag with prizes from our generous sponsors.
All finishers of the John Muir Ultra will receive a hand crafted, wooden medal that has become a coveted bit of bling for trail runners!
There will also be sponsored spot prizes given out on race days so try and stick around for announcements – if your race number is called and you are not there the prize will be allocated to the next number.
All race marshals will have minor first aid kits and a radio/mobile phone should further assistance be required. Many of the marshals are also qualified first aiders.
The race start and finish area will also have first aid provisions, first aid qualified staff. 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.
Please note it is of the UPMOST importance that a marshal is notified if a runner drops out of the race.
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 first leg 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.
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Trail running shoes and clothing suitable to weather conditions – this is Scotland’s East Coast where 4 seasons in one day is expected! If you are in need of new trail shoes remember all FoxTrail runners get 10% off full price Inov8 trail running shoes at Leisure Time Sports in Haddington!
As this is an endurance event it is advised that you 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 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.
Bring warm clothes for after the event. There will be places to store kit bags at Foxlake Adventures.
We will also be operating a ‘kit drop’- whereby you can take a small kit bag on the coach to the beginning of the race, take off excess layers before the race start, and place them in a vehicle that will transport kit back to Foxlake Adventures where you can collect at the end of the race. Relay runners running the first leg will receive a tag to attach to the bag so we know to leave these bags at the relay swap point at North Berwick RNLI.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.