There’s just over a week until my first big race of the year, celebrating Easter Saturday in style over my favourite 50km distance on the trails with Steph at Foxtrail’s John Muir Way Ultra!
The full route follows the coastal trail of the John Muir Way from Port Seton, just East of Edinburgh, out to Foxlake near Dunbar.
Last weekend Nige and I drove out to North Berwick to do an out-and-back run to East Linton and recce a bit of the race day route to get a feel for the terrain. We parked outside our favourite cafe in North Berwick, Steampunk – so we knew we had coffee to look forward to on our return! – and ran out to the beach for a short stretch on the sand before picking up the trail and heading out of the town.
The trail curves around the base of North Berwick Law – a small hill visible for miles around, with some beautiful Shetland ponies at the bottom to pet and feed – and then out into the countryside air via muddy field edges and hedgerows.
You can follow the signs for the John Muir Way from here quite easily, it’s well marked, but the race route detours slightly to extend the distance, zigzagging a few times through some forested areas and hopping between lovely soft trails and hard country roads.
With the stretch of sand along the coastline of North Berwick and the trail between the two towns, we knocked up 15km as we reached the top of a hill and East Linton came into sight. Here we about-turned and followed our footsteps back to the sea, diverting off the race route and sticking to the marked trail, cutting out a few kilometres so that when we returned in time for coffee our total distance was just over 25km for the day.
Here’s hoping the weather is kind on race day, any wind blowing in the wrong direction could make this a tough morning out on the trails! but with my buddy Steph by my side and Nige up at the front of the race pack, I’m sure it’ll be a good one.