In short: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS DARLING! In full: Positively glorious scenery with excellent marked course, super friendly marshals and an excellent reception by The Woodman Pub! Thoroughly enjoyable event. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes off road and greenery! Date of review: May 26, 2016
In short: Hills mud and cider. WSR nail it yet again In full: Another classic from White Star Running. A great course. Well marked. Well stocked regular checkpoints. The usual WSR sense of humour about the whole thing. Great atmosphere on the campsite. The 'wall of mud' at approx mile 32 was something else. But we don't do these runs for an easy ride! Can't wait till the next one. Well done Andy and Co. Date of review: May 26, 2016
In short: Great local race In full: Thanks to RTL, organisers, marshals and all the supporters for a FAB race. A challenging course through Ashtead Common with many short climbs and rough / slippery underfoot. A really testing and enjoyable race – Thank you Date of review: May 26, 2016
In short: No regard for runner safety In full: Lots of negative comments have already been written about this event, which I am in general agreement with but my main issues relate to 3 fundamental safety issues which could all so easily be resolved. Firstly - runners really need to start this race in waves. It narrows almost immediately and yes, it's annoying that you have to stop and wait to cross narrow paths but from a safely persepective there isn't really anywhere to go when people are trying to get past you for much of the first 7k or so. There's a lot of pushing and shoving and it felt to me like you couldn't stop and walk for a while in the early parts as you would have been trampled over. This is advertised as suitable for walkers with a generous 3hr 30 minute cut off time. I hope no one tried to walk the whole way on Sunday. Secondly - hardly any marshals at all. If you had been in need of a marshal especially in the first half of the race, you would have been severely out of luck Given the terrain and volume of people and lack of space, it's amazing to me that I didn't see more people in trouble. Thirdly - WATER!!!! Unbelieveable that there was no water at the 19k mark when I got there after about 2 hrs 15 mins of running. I just cannot understand how that can happen. I spent most of Sunday and Monday recovering from the effects of the dehydration. These problems seem to recur year after year with no improvement. Such a shame as the course is beautiful. Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: I didn't know hills could be so close In full: Despite the wheels coming off I think I loved it. There are 4 genuine hills but aid stations at the top of 3 helps. Route easy to follow. Friendly atmosphere from volunteers and fellow runners. Food and drink at the end and great bling and t-shirt. Will need to do more hills in prep. Must do Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Fantastic event. Love White Star Running! In full: As a huge fan of WSR I also feel the need to challenge the bad review left a few days ago. The organisation is brilliant, all bases are covered. Prior to the event there were regular updates on the Facebook page and useful bits of info posted. There were 3 drinks stations (with food!) which is perfectly normal for a Half...every 3 miles. The signs were clear (and funny!) and in between signs there was tape hanging from branches to mark the route. WSR really pull out all the stops and I love their races. The atmosphere is great and everyone is so friendly and chatty. Andy and Kevin, who are in charge (!), are always around, approachable and up for a laugh. The medals, tshirts, buffs etc are fantastic and well worth collecting, along with the mugs and the cider! These races are set in stunning countryside and although very challenging, really are a treat to take part in. Keep up the good work WSR, we love you ! :-) ps Have already entered another WSR event in June... Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Brilliant, well organised, marshaled, lovely scenery In full: Yet another excellent race. Mud, hills, narrow paths, beautiful scenery, super marshals and organisation, well-stocked aid stations. What more could you ask for in a multi-terrain marathon. Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Bring on next year, Why do we have to wait so LONG! In full: This was my first White Star Running Events 3 years ago, and I was hooked on that first event that I go back to every one of their events they are SO welcoming and friendly, brilliantly managed and expertly organised trail runs. Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: This is the third time I have done this race and every year it gets better. The organisation is second to none and the race marshals were fantastic. Plenty of refreshments, great medal and t-shirt at the end (and the xxl t-shirt is xxl ??), Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: What Fun! In full: Excellent,well organised race. Never felt lost, knew assistance was not far away as I had emergency number on my phone (In fact it's been there for two years since my first Giants Head Marathon! I'm sure Andy and co. would help out in any sort of emergency!)I love their races and try to convert as many runners as I can to 'White Star'. The hospitality is amazing, although I always try and run with enough water and supplies for the race as I do when I'm training. Mud, hills, and good company-what else could you ask for. Thank you White Star! Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Massive Disappointment - Beautiful location but terrible organisation In full: ALL OF THE PROBLEMS BELOW WERE PRESENT IN PREVIOUS YEARS (see reviews). This means that I have absolutely no faith in F3 Events fixing it next time.
Didn't receive my number beforehand despite registering 3 months in advance, which meant I had to pick one up on the day. Arrived an hour before the start and spent 1hr 15m in a huge queue (by the time I was done, there was still a 45 minute queue behind me).
For some reason the organisers abandoned the idea of wave starts, which meant that I spent the first four miles alternating between walking and trying to dash past slower runners on a narrow track in the woods, killing any hope of a PB.
The course was too long at 13.4 miles on my Garmin, which I shrugged off until I saw lots of other people complaining about the same thing afterwards.
Only three water stations. Luckily I was far enough forward that I got some, but most people behind me were too late and many ended up getting severely dehydrated.
Expensive (over £30) given that there were so few aid stations or staff and that there was nothing other a medal and a tiny bottle of water (which they also ran out of) at the end. Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Highly Recommend In full: This was the perfect race for my first Ultra. Everyone very friendly and excellent organisation. Some very extreme hills and mud following a full day's rain the day before but also some very runnable tracks and trails with amazing views. Will definitely be returning next year but will get more hills into my training. Well done WSR! Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Brutal but brilliant In full: My beginner friendliness rating is based on atmosphere and the welcoming attitude of the marshals and runners. This isn't an easy race. It's hilly and insanely muddy in places. But thats the point.
The route was well marshalled and sign posted throughout. The event as a whole was well organised and didn't take it self too seriously, which was a nice change. Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: best trail runs In full: WSR have got it right ...going down to these Whiltshire races is like visiting your favourite relatives. Numbers are just right so you can find friends and run with people if you want but no crowding. Organisation, signage, super friendly marshmallows and well stocked aid stations. I took water and gels but really didn't need to carry the amount I did. I only completed 20 miles of the ultra it was tough but one of my best trail runs no doubts of not been on correct route and always felt safe and looked after ...my friend was Injured and had to pull out.....soooo back next year Date of review: May 25, 2016