The Route

The Route2020-03-23T12:23:43+01:00

Distance

228 km

Elevation

1,939m

Checkpoint Details

START – Kidston Park2020-03-23T12:17:27+01:00

Location: Kidston Park, Helensburgh
what3words: landlady.craftsman.undertook
Distance: 0 km

Time
Start Wave A: 12pm, Start Wave D: 3pm, Start Wave G: 6pm
Start Wave B: 1pm, Start Wave E: 4pm, Start Wave H: 7pm
Start Wave C: 2pm, Start Wave F: 5pm, Start Wave J: 8pm

Mandatory race briefings will take place 45 minutes before each start wave. Each member of your team must be present for this briefing. Please ensure you arrive at least one hour before your start wave to allow sufficient time for check-in, compulsory kit checks, race briefing, and tracking device collection.

What to Expect
– Team check-in
– Collect tracking devices
– Mandatory race briefing (approx 15 minutes)
– Runner 1 (Regular) starts
– Runner 1 (Ultra) starts
– Food and beverages available to purchase from Beachcomber Café
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Osteopath/physio treatment
– Toilets inside Beachcomber Cafe (30p or free with food/drink purchase)

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Route Terminus: engraved circular stone plinth marking the start of the John Muir Way
– Hill House: restored 19th century mansion with formal gardens managed by the National Trust for Scotland
– Coastal paths through Helensburgh and woodland trails through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park with many scenic viewpoints over Loch Lomond

Upcoming Terrain
– Pavements, gravel trails, grassy paths and quiet country roads
– Trail shoes recommended (if dry, road shoes will suffice)

 

EXCHANGE POINT 1 – Loch Lomond Shores2020-03-24T11:41:24+01:00

Location: Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch
what3words: duke.dress.grinders
Distance: 15.1 km
Drive time from START: 20 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 1 meets Runner 2 (Regular)
– Runner 1 meets Runner 2 (Ultra)
– Food and beverage for sale inside Loch Lomond Shores until 5:30pm
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Toilets inside Loch Lomond Shores

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Balloch Castle & Country Park: 19th-century castle and surrounding park with ornamental gardens and nature trails
– Scenic woodland trails through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
– Newly built upland path over the Kilpatrick Hills

Upcoming Terrain
– Minor public roads, natural and built paths (the West Highland Way) and farm/forestry tracks
– Trail shoes recommended

EXCHANGE POINT 2 – Edenmill Farm Shop2020-03-24T11:39:35+01:00

Location: Edenmill Farm Shop, Blanefield
what3words: panoramic.penny.ambitions
Distance: 37.8 km
Drive time from EP 1: 35 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 2 meets Runner 3 (Regular)
– Runner 2 meets Runner 3 (Ultra)
– Sunset supper: BBQ food available to purchase (pre-order only – further details will be sent out by email) for all runners between 4pm-8pm (vegetarian and vegan options available)
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Toilets inside Edenmill Farm Shop

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Countryside trails overlooking the West Highland Way
– Carbeth Loch: a small loch, popular with wild swimmers

Upcoming Terrain
– Minor public roads, natural and built paths (the West Highland Way) and quiet country lanes
– Road shoes recommended

EXCHANGE POINT 3 – Strathblane Parish Church2020-03-24T11:38:30+01:00

Location: Strathblane Parish Church, Strathblane
what3words: importing.pushy.longer
Distance: 45.3 km
Drive time from EP 2: 15 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 3 meets Runner 4 (Regular)
– Runner 3 meets Runner 4 (Ultra)
– Comfort station/chill out space in the Kirk Rooms within Strathblane church
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Toilets inside Strathblane Parish Church

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Dunglass Hill: renowned rock formation formed from the remains of an ancient volcanic plug
– Thomas Muir Heritage Trail

Upcoming Terrain
– A refurbished railway path and a level canal towpath
– Road shoes recommended

MAJOR EXCHANGE POINT 4 – Merkland Recreation Centre2020-03-24T11:37:20+01:00

Location: Merkland Recreation Centre, Kirkintilloch
what3words: breeding.dignify.emblem
Distance: 59.4 km
Drive time from EP 3: 25 minutes

What to Expect
– THE TRACK CHALLENGE! (to be revealed on arrival)
– Runner 4 meets Runner 5 (Regular)
– Runner 4 meets Runner 1 (Ultra)
– Vehicle changeover for Regular teams
– Sleeping area inside Merkland Recreation Centre
– Changing rooms
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Osteopath/physio treatment
– Toilets inside Merkland Recreation Centre

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Where the trail meets the canal
– Merkland Nature Reserve: a mosaic of woodland, wetland and grassland with open water and burns
– Antonine Wall: a turf fortification built by the Romans in AD 142
– Bar Hill: the highest fort on the Antonine Wall, containing the foundations of the headquarters and bathhouse

Upcoming Terrain
– Predominantly a level canal towpath, with some off-road forest trails
– Road shoes recommended (trail shoes if wet)

EXCHANGE POINT 5 – Banknock Community Hall2020-03-24T11:35:53+01:00

Location: Banknock Community Hall, Banknock
what3words: slacker.reserves.baths
Distance: 77.9 km
Drive time from EP 4: 20 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 5 meets Runner 6 (Regular)
– Runner 1 meets Runner 2 (Ultra)
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Portable toilets

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Bonnyfield Nature Park: local nature reserve with mixed woodland, ponds and a wide range of wildlife
– Rough Castle: historic area with walking trails around the outlines and earthworks of an ancient Roman fort
– The Falkirk Wheel: a unique rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal

Upcoming Terrain
– Grass footpaths and canal towpaths
– Trail shoes recommended (if dry, road shoes will suffice)

EXCHANGE POINT 6 – Falkirk Wheel2020-03-24T11:33:32+01:00

Location: The Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk
what3words: livid.inhaler.diver
Distance: 86.4 km
Drive time from EP 5: 15 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 6 meets Runner 7 (Regular)
– Runner 2 meets Runner 3 (Ultra)
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Toilets inside Falkirk Wheel

Upcoming Route Highlights
– The Falkirk Wheel: a unique rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal
– River Avon Heritage Trail
– Callendar House: a 19th-century chateau and medieval tower set in a landscaped parkland
– Avon Aqueduct: Scotland’s largest aqueduct carries the Union Canal over the River Avon
– Linlithgow Town Centre: the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots

Upcoming Terrain
– A mixture of canal towpath, forest trails, gravel paths and grassy footpaths along the River Avon Heritage Trail
– Trail shoes recommended

EXCHANGE POINT 7 – West Lothian Golf Club2020-03-24T11:32:23+01:00

Location: West Lothian Golf Club, Linlithgow
what3words: interlude.bugs.tooth
Distance: 111.0 km
Drive time from EP 6: 35 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 7 meets Runner 8 (Regular)
– Runner 3 meets Runner 4 (Ultra)
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Toilets inside West Lothian Golf Club

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Kinneil House: the historic home of the Dukes of Hamilton, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries
– Bo’ness Hippodrome: Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema
– Blackness Castle: a 15th-century fortress noted for its ship-like form and rampart views over the Firth of Forth
– Hopetoun House: a stately home dating from 17th century, set in a country estate with a deer park and nature trails

Upcoming Terrain
– Quiet roads, coastal paths and forest tracks
– Road shoes recommended

MAJOR EXCHANGE POINT 8 – Port Edgar Marina2020-03-24T11:29:48+01:00

Location: Port Edgar Marina, South Queensferry
what3words: expand.scout.dislikes
Distance: 132.3 km
Drive time from EP 7: 30 minutes

What to Expect
– HALFWAY POINT/PARTY!
– Event DJ providing the tunes, Scottish sunrise providing the vibes
– Runner 8 meets Runner 1 (Regular)
– Runner 4 meets Runner 1 (Ultra)
– Vehicle changeover for Regular teams
– Any teams that arrive before 5am will be held until 5am (don’t worry, your tracker timing will be paused while you wait!)
– Sunrise breakfast between 4am-8am provided by TRIBE and MOJU (vegetarian and vegan options available)
– More food and beverages available to purchase from Down the Hatch café from 8am
– Sleeping area inside marquee
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Osteopath/physio treatment
– Toilets inside Port Edgar Marina

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Coastal trail towards Dalmeny House, Barnbugle Castle, trail shoes, Corstorphine Hill
– Barnbougle Castle: a much-altered tower house on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth dating back to the 13th century
– Dalmeny House: a Gothic revival mansion located in an estate close to Dalmeny on the Firth of Forth
– Corstorphine Hill: at 162 metres high, presents some great views of Edinburgh city and the Firth of Forth

Upcoming Terrain
– Estate tracks, quiet pavements, grassy paths and the Union Canal towpath
– Road shoes recommended (trail shoes if wet)

EXCHANGE POINT 9 – Saughton Park & Gardens2020-03-24T11:27:55+01:00

Location: Saughton Park & Gardens, Edinburgh
what3words: cared.invest.sake
Distance: 150.1 km
Drive time from EP 8: 35 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 1 meets Runner 2 (Regular)
– Runner 1 meets Runner 2 (Ultra)
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Portable toilets

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Central Edinburgh
– Arthur’s Seat: the route skirts the foot of this extinct volcano in the heart of the city
– Holyrood Park: a royal park in central Edinburgh, featuring an array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of gorse

Upcoming Terrain
– Canal towpaths and city streets
– Road shoes recommended

EXCHANGE POINT 10 – Dunsapie Loch2020-03-23T14:33:34+01:00

Location: Dunsapie Loch Car Park, Edinburgh
what3words: photos.inspector.harder
Distance: 150.1 km
Drive time from EP 9: 25 minutes

What to Expect
– THE SUMMIT CHALLENGE! (to be revealed on arrival)
– Runner 2 meets Runner 3 (Regular)
– Runner 2 meets Runner 3 (Ultra)
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Portable toilets

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Dunsapie Loch: artificially formed reservoir home to many varieties of wildfowl
– Fisherrow Harbour: a haven for pleasure boats, Sea Cadets and fishing craft, built in 1850
– Musselburgh Ash Lagoons: a popular roost site for gulls, shorebirds and terns

Upcoming Terrain
– Park trails, canal towpaths, cycle paths and coastal routes
– Road shoes recommended

EXCHANGE POINT 11 – Prestonpans Beach2020-03-23T12:50:38+01:00

Location: Prestonpans Beach Car Park, Prestonpans
what3words: debate.regret.crawling
Distance: 177.8 km
Drive time from EP 10: 30 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 3 meets Runner 4 (Regular)
– Runner 3 meets Runner 4 (Ultra)
– Sleeping area on the beach
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Portable toilets

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Cockenzie House & Gardens: a 17th-century mansion by the sea (warning: it is said to be haunted!)
– Longniddry Beach: a mixture of sand and rocks in an undisturbed setting

Upcoming Terrain
– Pavements, quiet roads and sandy paths
– Road shoes recommended

MAJOR EXCHANGE POINT 12 – Longniddry Beach2020-03-23T12:49:10+01:00

Location: Longniddry Bents 3, Longniddry
what3words: clouds.myself.reckoned
Distance: 184.9 km
Drive time from EP 11: 10 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 4 meets Runner 5 (Regular)
– Runner 4 meets Runner 1 (Ultra)
– Vehicle changeover for Regular teams
– Sleeping area on the beach
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Osteopathy/physio treatment
– Public toilets in car park

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Gosford House: the seat of the Earls of Wemyss and March, set in 5,000 acres of combined coast and parkland
– Saltcoats Castle: a scenic, ruinous and overgrown courtyard castle dating from the 16th-century

Upcoming Terrain
– Coastal road, pavements and grassy paths
– Road shoes recommended

EXCHANGE POINT 13 – Archerfield Walled Garden2020-03-23T12:47:03+01:00

Location: Archerfield Walled Garden, North Berwick
what3words: fruits.stapled.shallower
Distance: 196.2 km
Drive time from EP 12: 15 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 5 meets Runner 6 (Regular)
– Runner 1 meets Runner 2 (Ultra)
– Food and beverages available to purchase from Archerfield Walled Garden café from 9am
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Toilets inside Archerfield Walled Garden

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Fairy Trail: a woodland path within Archerfield Estate, home to magical fairies
– Archerfield House: a 17th-century mansion turned world-class spa
– Yellowcraig Beach: scenic dune and woodland site
– North Berwick Law: a 179m conical hill rising conspicuously from the surrounding landscape

Upcoming Terrain
– Woodland trails, grassy paths, quiet roads
– Trail shoes recommended (if dry, road shoes will suffice)

EXCHANGE POINT 14 – North Berwick Law2020-03-23T12:45:37+01:00

Location: North Berwick Law Car Park, North Berwick
what3words: gestures.should.rift
Distance: 207.9 km
Drive time from EP 13: 15 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 6 meets Runner 7 (Regular)
– Runner 2 meets Runner 3 (Ultra)
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Portable toilets

Upcoming Route Highlights
– Scenic views over East Linton
– Picturesque countryside and single-track forestry trails
– Preston Mill: one of the oldest meal mills in Scotland, with a distinctive Dutch-style conical roof

Upcoming Terrain
– Woodland, grassy paths, single-track forestry trails and quiet country lanes
– Trail shoes recommended (if dry, road shoes will suffice)

EXCHANGE POINT 15 – Phantassie Farm2020-03-23T12:44:23+01:00

Location: Phantassie Farm, East Linton
what3words: lodge.economics.lucky
Distance: 220.8 km
Drive time from EP 14: 20 minutes

What to Expect
– Runner 7 meets Runner 8 (Regular)
– Runner 3 meets Runner 4 (Ultra)
– Fruit smoothies and organic health food snacks available to purchase from Phantassie Organic Produce
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Portable toilets

Upcoming Route Highlights
– John Muir Country Park: featuring several woodland and beach walks and home to a wide variety of birds, plants, butterflies and moths
– Foxlake Adventures: Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park

Upcoming Terrain
– Woodland, grassy paths and single-track forestry trails
– Trail shoes recommended (if dry, road shoes will suffice)

FINISH – Foxlake Adventures2020-03-23T12:43:21+01:00

Location: Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar
what3words: screaming.blaze.graph
Distance: 228 km
Drive time from EP 15: 10 minutes

What to Expect
– ALL RUNNERS FINISH!
– Finish party, BBQ and beers!
– Medals for all finishers
– Free isotonic beer provided by ERDINGER
– Food and beverages available to purchase from Foxlake Adventures
– Energy bars and recovery shakes provided by TRIBE
– Water station (bring your own bottle)
– Medical services
– Osteopath/physio treatment
– Toilets inside Foxlake Adventures

Did you know? Dunbar is fondly known as ‘Sunny Dunny’, because it enjoys the most sunshine hours of any town in the UK!

Runner Leg Breakdowns

Ultra Teams2020-03-23T12:38:14+01:00

To download the GPX file for each leg, click the GPX link and login with Strava.

Runner

Leg # Start Location Distance Total Distance

Runner 1:

1 – GPX Kidston Park 15.06 64.49

5 – GPX

Merkland Recreation Centre

18.53

9 – GPX Port Edgar Marina

19.53

13 – GPX Longniddry Beach

11.37

Runner 2:

2 – GPX

Loch Lomond Shores 22.75 52.93
6 – GPX Banknock Community Hall 8.5
10 – GPX Saughton Park & Gardens 10.0
14 – GPX Archerfield Walled Garden

11.68

Runner 3:

3 – GPX

Edenmill Farm Shop 7.48 60.85
7 – GPX The Falkirk Wheel

24.56

11 – GPX

Dunsapie Loch

15.92

15 – GPX

North Berwick Law

12.89

Runner 4:

4 – GPX

Strathblane Parish Church 14.1 50.15

8 – GPX

West Lothian Golf Club

21.34

12 – GPX Prestonpans Beach

7.09

16 – GPX

Phantassie Farm

7.62

 

Regular Teams2020-03-23T12:40:20+01:00

To download the GPX file for each leg, click the GPX link and login with Strava.

Runner

Leg # Start Location Distance Total Distance
Runner 1:

1 – GPX

Kidston Park 15.06 34.59
9 – GPX Port Edgar Marina 19.53

Runner 2:

2 – GPX

Loch Lomond Shores 22.75 32.75
10 – GPX Saughton Park & Gardens

10.0

Runner 3:

3 – GPX

Edenmill Farm Shop 7.48 23.4
11 – GPX Dunsapie Loch

15.92

Runner 4:

4 – GPX

Strathblane Parish Church 14.1 21.19
12 – GPX Prestonpans Beach

7.09

Runner 5:

5 – GPX

Merkland Recreation Centre 18.53 29.9
13 – GPX Longniddry Beach

11.37

Runner 6:

6 – GPX Banknock Community Hall 8.5 20.18
14 – GPX Archerfield Walled Garden

11.68

Runner 7:

7 – GPX

The Falkirk Wheel 24.56 37.45

15 – GPX

North Berwick Law

12.89

Runner 8:

8 – GPX West Lothian Golf Club 21.34 28.96
16 – GPX

Phantassie Farm

7.62