In short: worth the long drive.. In full: I have run this race for several years,its a well organised & friendly event.Staplehurst is very nice & the club runners are there to race each other, for the majority of the field its about having a sunday morning run in the countryside around Staplehurst. If you try this race you will enjoy it.. Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: Will be back for more White Star races In full: Great organisation and festival atmosphere. The race wasn't the hilliest but was made very difficult by the extreme heat. Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: Cider, cake, Romans and a spot of running In full: Two days, three races, three of my favourite bits of bling. Started with the half marathon on the Saturday morning, followed by the chaos in the evening and the full marathon on the Sunday. The route for all three was fantasic with stunning views across the Dorset Landscape. The weather on the day made it tough going but the fantasic White Star Running crew put on extra aid stations to help everyone stay safe. The camping and food on site is an added bonus as it takes away the worry of extra early starts for home and travelling before the race. The disco and food on Saturday night was also good. Everybody is so friendly and welcoming. Just make sure you bring lots of money as you will not be able to resist the White Star Running shop. Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: Absolutely amazing! In full: What did the Romans ever do for us? Well, invade, so we could have the Dorset Invader races!
After a memorable start which saw centurions on horseback send us off, we charged down the hill, onwards to the rather challenging course. Although nowhere near as hilly as Giants Head, going underfoot was tricky at times and added to the sheer enjoyment/difficulty of the Invader.
Aid stations were well stocked and aplenty, and an additional station added to the course to help us deal with the tasking humid conditions.
The views are unmissable, especially running through the cornfields and areas steeped in history.
You can see why White Star have won their awards for this event.
I'm now poised over my keyboard, ready to sign up for 2017 when entries are live! Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: Hot, very, very hot but wonderful In full: My first trail race and what a baptism of fire. Must have been the hottest day of the year which totally mucked up any thoughts of a fast race (as if), but who cares. It was marvellous, the organisers were all in roman togas or centurion gear as were many, many of the runners which gave the whole race a brilliant atmosphere. The water stations were well organised and the lovestation needs to be seen to be believed. Marshals and runners alike were all really friendly and were looking out for each other if runners (me included) needed a spot of walking (did I mention is was a tad warm) The race itself was a proper trail race: uneven ground, hills, single track rabbit trails, nettles, brambles, glorious wheat files, styles and gates. Seriously, the hills would have been gentle or 'rolling' if it wasn't for the blazing heat. Managed to stagger over the line (thank you for the downhill finish) and had a medal hung over my neck which almost dropped me to my knees it was so heavy (the heat again!) The finish even had roman baths, a beer tent and hog-roast. Can't praise this enough. Roll on the next White Star event Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: Veni, Vidi, Vici. A challenging (and hot) trundle with fab marshalls In full: Really friendly organisation with fabulous marshalls as you trundle round some challenging but beautiful Dorset countryside. Definitely a hot one this year!
The aid stations were well stocked, and the "love station" jug of cold water over the neck was a much needed treat with the last few miles to go.
WSR like to give you maximum bang for your buck so it's slightly over marathon distance but the last few hundred metres are all downhill, so that's alright then. :-)
The big cooling "Roman Bath" afterwards was much needed and appreciated.
Overall a brilliant race, and one I'd do again. Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: Awesome race In full: As always the WSR team are welcoming, accommodating and a wee bit mad. But this makes a superb event that makes everyone smile. The route was great with fantastic marshals you could fall in love with. Don't miss this next year people as you wont regret it Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: Challenging and scenic In full: Excellent race and very well organised. Marshalls all very good and encouraging on a challenging but scenic route. 10K was tough but there was races for all abilities so it was good fun family morning out. Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: tough hilly with lots of tree roots to weave around but still enjoyable In full: Excellent organisation, lots of friendly marshalls, very important in woods where you can be alone for long periods. Very friendly atmosphere and fun prize giving and raffle at the end. Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: Surprisingly good for an inaugural run. In full: I love a good off road run, but this one was a toughie. Treacherous trails and insane inclines – but the spectacular scenery more than made up for it. I love it when I can feel I’ve worked hard and earned my finisher medal – and this one was one of those runs.
Very well organised, great atmosphere and the marshals were absolute gems – encouraging us all along the route. Loved the little detail of the announcer at the finish line call out the bib numbers AND the persons name as they headed towards the finish line – made it that much more personal.
I’ll definitely be back next year and aim to encourage a few running friends to join in this AMAZING run too.
WELL DONE GUYS – WELL DESERVED PRAISE ALL ROUND!!! Date of review: July 18, 2016
In short: 2nd Year running my Fav Race In full: Best race for me last year and this year was even better. Cant say enough positive things about the event. A whole weekend of a fantastic atmosphere, running, camping and helping. The White Star Family have done it again with a beautiful route, Roman Bath, Amazing Bling, Fantastic Organisation, Brilliant atmosphere and a new mini race. Cant wait to do the next WSR event and for next years Invader. I can see why it has won 2 Awards for best race. Well done WSR Date of review: July 17, 2016
In short: A very scenic day out In full: This was my first 10k race - I've done a few Parkruns before, but nothing else. The marshals were welcoming and friendly and pointed us in the right direction at all the turns. There were plenty of cups of water, cereal bars and jaffa cakes being handed out at the end as well as finisher's medals. I wasn't impressed that the park toilets charge you 20p to get in these days, but that isn't the organiser's fault - take a bit of change with you! Date of review: July 17, 2016
In short: If you like hills, this is for you In full: A wonderfully welcoming event, set in the picturesque Chiltern Hills. Well organised with enthusiastic marshalls along the way. The route seems to find every hill possible, which produces a significant challenge as well as some great views. Date of review: July 17, 2016
In short: Not for the faint hearted In full: This is by far the toughest half marathon I've ever done. The scenery is undoubtedly spectacular and the paths that wend their way through woodland and then out on to chalk downs make for a lovely run. However, the hills are killer and if you're not good in the heat the mid July date,even with the 9.00 start is a consideration. The field was smallish and there was a definite absence of 'fun' runners. If you're looking for a challenge give it a go. Date of review: July 17, 2016
In short: The best run I've ever done In full: First things first, if you only want to break your PB, this run probably isn't for you. However, if you want to run a half marathon though some of the most beautiful countryside and actually spend most of that time with a smile on your face, this is exactly what you need.
Is there any other race where the start is at the top of a hill and you are led on a charge by a centurion on a horse... didn't think so. Lots of Roman fancy dress, great organisation, amazing food stops, the most massive medal I have ever received and a fantastic atmosphere.
The only bad point is that I have to wait a whole year to do it again! Date of review: July 17, 2016
In short: Pleasant evening run. Typical friendlly, well organised, local run. In full: Good weather and a high summer, evening run mainly through woodland make for a promising scenario and this race did not disappoint. Plenty of parking space and marshals. A route of varied surfaces and several somewhat challenging but not overlong hills. There were several patches of deep squelchy mud, no doubt due to the rather wet summer. Date of review: July 16, 2016