In short: Fab race In full: Amazing views of Knole park, very friendly marshals, great organisation. Kelly Holmes handing out the medals was a very nice touch. It is a challenging race with tough hills, but because of the challenges it makes crossing the finishing line really worthwhile. I am still buzzing. I would recommend this race Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Another White Star Special In full: So first time running a 12 hour for WSR, and indeed my own first experience of going beyond marathon distance. As ever lots of attention to the runners in advance of the event, and on the day.
A reasonably tough route, with a steep climb just less than one km into the circuit. That climb made the later circuits very hard work, as knowing it was coming just after each break opportunity dug deep into the reserves of willpower.
For Solo runners the team event meant fresher runners on the move the whole way round, each very supportive of those of us flogging out the miles on our own. As ever with WSR events other runners were friendly and chatty.
Well stocked aid station about 4k into the circuit with the team remaining engaged even after the near ten hours I was on the course.
Great fun, and really looking forward to next years, with the promise of more 12 hour events next season.
In short: Friendly, scenic and fun, with amazing bling and a rubber chicken! In full: The 6k loop had two challenging climbs, which meant some great views. People of hugely varying paces took part, many in great farmyard inspired costumes. The "Love Station" provided the usual water and squash, but also cider, beer and other alcoholic drinks, pretzels, fresh fruit, jelly beans cakes and more, served by friendly and encouraging people. Fot those that like medals, this one is amazing, Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: A warm fuzzy feeling with dead legs!! In full: I've done a few White Star Running events and every single one I've found very challenging, highly scenic in the beautiful countryside with so much fun added in! There's always a quirky theme and it's such good fun. I laugh the most while running in their events and come away feeling great, smiling lots and aching like a mo fo!!! Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Suberb In full: Well organized, super friendly and responsive organizers. Beautiful area, amazing friendly atmosphere. Words fail me on the 'Love Stations' aka water stops. You have to do a WSR race if you do no other ever....... Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: WSR make races like nobody else! :D In full: My first White Star event, and I will definitely be doing more! Gorgeous scenery, amazing atmosphere and a really challenging but enjoyable course. Camping was good, and amenities covered everything required. Toilets, showers, beer, food and even Dorset hot tubs! As to be expected, the bling was epic and the goody bag didn't disappoint either. Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Rubber Chickens and Massive medals in Dorset In full: Despite the dreadful weather, another brilliant WSR event, with a hard but manageable 6.4km lap, with a nice Dorset hill in the first km... And 12 hours to do what you will/can! Without the cutoff pressure of a normal race, it's the ideal chance to hit that first half marathon, marathon or ultra, always seeing new people, great aid (love) station, and 500 odd other loons. Add to that 15 quid for 2 nights camping, beer tent, and massive medals...plus rubber chicken, it would be rude no to! Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Message from Walter Hill In full: Hi Gareth,
I now have an opportunity to say thank you to you and your team for yesterdays 5 star promotion.
Having represented British Athletics and England Athletics as an ultra runner when I was younger and having continued to run in my later years , I have had many opportunities to witness good and bad promotions.
Yesterday’s Woldinghman Marathon had many strengths. Please allow me to record them.
· I never had to look at the course description as the course was so well marked.
· The novelty of the out and back stretch to Slines Oaks Road allowed camaraderie to develop amongst the runners.
· The number of feed stations were adequate and provided a banquet of food. I never used the gels I carried for 26.2 miles!
· The course is a significant challenge and technical underfoot, what you would expect from a Trail course.
· Amazing vistas that were ongoing throughout the course.
· Your team who helped were excellent.
· The yellow technical T-Shirt was a real bonus.
· Having the names of the runners on the numbers added to the day.
Although I was running with a healing collar bone I never felt at risk.
I have to declare that the thought of running the second lap was a real challenge but once started I enjoyed it even more than the first lap.
My only concern were the road crossings and the steps on the course which I traversed with significant care.
Well done and thank you again and I hope you got to the pub before it got dark.
In short: Very enjoyable event, fabulous scenery, interesting course. Organisation a bit patchy. In full: Plenty of plus points - interesting course around Knole Park, quite hilly in places, but not unreasonably so. Very friendly, supportive marshals - encouraging ALL the runners (and not just their friends /family/clubmates!). Nice to have Dame Kelly H handing out medals at the end.
Access to the race for supporters and families was however, disappointing. The passageway from HQ to main carpark (that runners had been advised to use) remained locked. Also the main access route from race HQ to the start and finish area was inaccessible (down a steep bank) for anyone who was not pretty fit and mobile. In the end my OH and various others (eg parents with pushchairs) decided just to wait around in the cafe area rather walk the considerably longer distance to the course. Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Scenic and challenging In full: It was a glorious sunny day today and I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent event. Having read reviews beforehand, I knew the course would be hilly so decided to enjoy the challenge rather than aim for a certain time. Having said that, my time was only about ten minutes more than my PB, and that included walking up the legendary mile 10.5 hill, so I think the pretty surroundings, no congestion on the route and friendly supporters must have helped. Excellent organisation with easy parking, quick registration and good bank of portaloos. Nice medal and refreshments at the finish. Only minor downsides were that I couldn't hear the announcements made over the loudspeaker at the beginning (though it was a lovely touch to be mentioned by the compere by name at the finish) and the narrow finish made it tricky to easily spectate others finishing . An excellent run - thank you to all the organisers and volunteers on the day. Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Quite an adventure In full: This would easily be the most demanding of the many half marathons I have run, but also one of the most enjoyable. Given the severe test of terrain and the vertiginous hills, the focus for me was not on finishing time, but of finishing. The camaraderie among runners was magnificent, the organisation first class, and the setting breathtaking. Thanks to the marshals and well done to all who completed the full marathon - quite a feat. I hope everyone has dried out and all are recovering well. Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Another glorious Gareth Davies race... In full: Barnes Runners have been "enjoying" Gareth's races for a number of years now. After Richmond Park and the Vanguards Way, this is a new addition which is just as friendly, just as well-organised and just as scenic. The beautiful Surrey landscape goes some way towards compensating for my broken body 24 hours after the race. We'll be back in force next year. Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Once more an excellent race! In full: Apart from the hills (we love them really!) an excellently organised race. This was my second time of doing it (2015 was the other), and organisation better again! Really looking forward to the marathon next year - must do some training though! Thank you for a great race! Date of review: August 29, 2016