In short: Pleasant, challenging course, ideal for beginners. In full: Very well organised, minimal queues for toilets, nice track finish. Minimal traffic, with a great canal towpath section - mainly flat, aside from two whopping hills around half way & 10 miles, though the last 2 miles are downhill, so fast times are possible. Chip timed, though I'd prefer the chip to be on the race number rather than fiddling around attaching it to shoes. Decent goody bag, with a sports drink, banana, crisps, snack bars - and a medal & technical running t-shirt, so good value for money. Well recommended, could well become a regular fixture in my race calendar. Date of review: March 18, 2015
In short: Great fun!! In full: After a few runs on the road recently, it was a real pleasure to get back to the trails in such a well set race. I don't think anyone would be disappointed with this race. Setting, terrain, organisation, all excellent. Well done Tri Ferris. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Fab race, brilliant organisation, awesome aid stations and free good food at finish! In full: A fantastically friendly organisation, every runner should do at least one Whitestar event just to see how good a race can be. Do one and be hooked! Beautiful scenery, home made cake and a huge range of other goodies at the aid stations, a Love Station with compulsory hugs and optional alcohol. Mud and hills to be expected, it is a trail race in March, and there were enough of each to make things interesting! Gloriously bizarre venue with excellent catering, free food for all runners as well as the most beautiful medals. I am looking forward to running next year. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Superb organisation, nice route, 100% would run it again In full: Managed to shave 13 mins off a PB from a VERY flat course last year, so even though its undulating its not too much of a set back - you can make up time due to the gradual descents! Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Excellent race in delightful sceneery and really well organised In full: I really enjoyed the race - the terrain is great, long sweeping hills on forest trails - a beautiful part of the country.
The marshals were superb - all happy and smiling despite the sub zero wind chill. I'll be back next year! Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: What Sundays are made for In full: The guys at Whitestar Running have got it just right and I'm keen to try more of their events. This was a challenging 20 miler but not so gruelling that you forgot to look at the scenery and enjoy the day. My friend and I enjoyed as many of the homemade cakes at the aid stations as we could manage. Everyone of the marshals was chatty and upbeat and contributed to the great atmosphere. This is a wonderful site for an event, with the Larmer Tree catering team producing delicious post-race food that hit the spot. None of your bought-in rubbish, the chefs made the pasta for the lasagne in the morning. Can't really find anything to fault it. If you haven't tried 'running rural' then I'd recommend this as a taster. I'm certainly not planning any more road races. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: tough but great fun In full: challenging course a good mix of road, trial and mud! great scenery, facilities and location, friendly encouraging marshals and officials fun day out i definitely recommend this event. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: This will become a popular race In full: I'm quite amused by some of the comments on here. The criticism of the "dull and boring" route evokes memories of the famous Basil Fawlty quote to Mrs Richards: "Well that is Torquay, madam!" If you don't want to look at North London, maybe don't enter the North London Half Marathon! The journey to and from the start/finish was a bit of a ball-ache (depending on where you live) but again, that's London for you, and the website/info booklet couldn't really have been clearer about the distances involved. Some people here have even been moaning about the part through Wembley Stadium. Really? Yes you weren't in there for long (that's running for you) but the approach to the famous ground was brilliant, I thought. I prefer runs in the countryside these days but this race - despite the suburban backdrop - was great fun and very well organised for a big event. I expect this event will become bigger as the years go by so I'm glad I ran the first ever one. It was a bit expensive, but no-one forced me to enter. There are loads of cheaper races out there. Finally people have complained about the hills. Really? I can think of one toughish hill but the rest were gentle at best. If you want a totally flat race you need to go to Holland! Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Peacocks and pasta In full: This was the second White Star Running marathon I've done following the Giants Head last year. I loved every bit of the Larmer Tree marathon - the friendly atmosphere, the aid stations with jaffa cakes, mini sausages and jelly beans and the choice of squash flavour! Special mentions go to the free photos, the RD Andy and of course, the Lovestation - cider, vodka and a lot of lovin' hugs at mile 20, what more could you need?! I'd go back in a flash and this was a near six hour marathon for me, with mud and bogs and hills, all done in a light misting rain. Hopefully I'll be able to make the Dorset Invader in July! Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Great local event! In full: Ran this for the first time (it's only in its 4th or 5th year anyway) on Sunday and really enjoyed it. Really good central location, dead easy parking and a fab warm HQ on a very cold and windy morning. The route itself was tougher than expected - quite a lot of undulations and even an off road section which put paid to a pb but made for quite a varied & interesting course, if not always particularly scenic (70s housing estates & the university!) Brilliant marshals and local support was good too. The goodie bag at the end was amazing - for £23 you got a medal, tshirt, bag, cereal bar, banana and water (my husband also got Haribo & a pen but I didn't?!) which I thought was fab value for money (compared with the MK 20 I did the week before where for £30 you only got a medal and not even a banana!) My ONLY gripe (and it's quite a big one) is that the mile markers were WAY out - especially number 12 - my last 1.1 according to their markers took 4 mins longer than my usual min per mile pace (mile marker 1 also came only 6.14 mins in - I'm not that fast, ever!) - I might be old fashioned but I don't wear a garmin, just an old skool stopwatch, so I do rely on them for my pacing. I don't know how they could be so far out?! Anyway, other than that, really enjoyed it, and will definitely return. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Fantastic atmosphere, lovely scenery but challenging route In full: What a great day out. It is a challenging route but I would recommend it to anyone willing to get out on the muddy and hilly trails. I used this run as training for a marathon. Will be back next year for the marathon course. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: 6 hills... 'nuff said... In full: A real tester of a run. I found it exhausting - particularly the last 5 miles (strange how it is always the last few miles, isn't it?) I felt all of my 57 years - and more. Fortunately the weather and underfoot conditions were quite favourable (remember 2013 anyone?). Parking and toilet situation far better than previously at the Scout hut. However only a 3 sided 'shed' for cover at start / finish - important if you are coming from any distance - particularly in adverse weather conditions, changing wet kit in a car is difficult - though more difficult on a motorcycle I suppose. Friendly folk and meal at finish - I did not partake but nice usp and good for you more sociable folk! Do this for a real challenge - and the views if you like that sort of thing!
In short: Testing course and all the better for that. In full: Running well requires great discipline - fast on the flat, minimise hurt on the hills and fly downhill. Get these wrong and its slow, get them right and its a great test. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Excellent organisation, great atmosphere In full: Loved this half marathon and managed a PB on a tough course. If you put the work into training this course will reward your hard work. Organisation was brilliant, totally traffic free, good start with open roads allowing field to thin out. Very well supported by locals in the ciy, villages and running clubs alike. Lovely medal and decent goody bag with a few bits of food in for the end! All in all I loved this race and will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Great facilities, superb organisation, scenic course. In full: This was my 3rd HM and first time at this event. Really impressed with organisation and facilities - starting/finishing in a stadium is fantastic and I've never seen shorter toilet queues before a race.
Course itself has a lot of gentle downhills and some nice flat canal sections, but two very tough climbs. The first shortish, straightish, and steep, the second longer, windier, and nearly as steep. Some nice scenery that would have looked even nicer in the sun. Great marshalling/organisation. Felt like there was plenty of space on the course after the first few miles, without ever feeling alone.
Nice well-stocked goodie bag, nice t-shirt and a bonus to get a medal too.
Thanks to everyone involved! Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Great training run for the London Marathon in nice countryside In full: The organisation by everyone involved, the location, course route, facilities at the stadium, goodie bag, the cost and the relatively small number of runners made it fantastic experience to be part of for my first half marathon event. Definitely recommend it. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: ...and now for Something Completely Different In full: Brilliantly Organsied & Super Friendly event. The guys @ White Star Running made the event truly memorable. Certainly a tough race with all the hills & mud, but makes the superb medals all the more well earned Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Excellent friendly well organised race. In full: My third year of running this race and I managed a course pb despite the two killer hills. Well organised and friendly with no one being asked to drop out after 1.5 miles as far as I know. Great goody bag and it was a nice touch to have a medal this year with it being the 10th anniversary of the race. Date of review: March 17, 2015
In short: Fantastic Race In full: Great race , my daughters (18) first race and furthest rune , she loved it , I loved it, my running partner loved it . What a great race. If spot prizes added it would be perfect. Date of review: March 17, 2015