In short: Very well organised In full: Worried about 5k 10k and half Mara carnage throughout, but well segregated and just the right number of runners. No argy bargy at the start Well worth the trip Marshals great and good parking Well done Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Beautiful scenery and brilliant organisation In full: V well organised with great thought into the water and energy drink stops. Jelly babies and oranges particularly towards the end was very good. Shame the toilets were locked half way around. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Brilliant race again this year! In full: A really well organised, fun & friendly event. 15 miles of trails and country lanes with a couple of hills to make you earn your medal. The last 1/2 mile uphill to the finish is a bit painful, but the beer and cake tent is strategically positioned here to give you an incentive to keep going! Lovely medal, fab goody bag and this year a technical T-shirt too. Oh and there's a brass band to keep you entertained at the finish area while you drink beer & eat cake - what more could you want, a piper to pipe you to the start line...? Well they have that too! Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Bloody loved it - event of the year! In full: This is how races should be. White Star clearly have insight into the deepest, darkest desires of runners, and they've catered for all of them. The organisation is slick, the water/aid stations are stocked with everything you could need (watermelon and vodka!!), the route is spectacular (complete with a return appearance from the naked farmer in a bath!), race photos are free, and the bling is the best you'll find outside the Tower of London. I had two nights in the Athlete's Village (£5 for both nights) which was just a few minutes walk from the start/finish lines. Dinner on Friday night was courtesy of the local WI, and post-race there was hog roast and barbecue, loads of cakes (including gluten free!!), the biggest ice creams I've ever seen, chilli from WI ladies, and an amazing barn dance. The course is a bit bumpy, but the downhill to the finish line is fantastic. The closest I’ll ever get to a 4 minute mile! Can’t wait until next year – my favourite event in the race calendar. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: A LOT of club runners. Bit cliquey In full: Not sure as to whether I'd do this one again yet, felt very clubby. Pretty sure I was in a tiny minority not being a club runner. Also the fact that the fast downhills were on such rough surfaces, which was not really highlighted before the morning of the race, was quite dangerous - although St John's were in the village it would have been impossible for them to get to any injuries quickly. Organisation was good and all organisers very friendly, facilities were good and a BBQ afterwards Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Great scenery, fantastic organisation and lots of goodies! In full: vely medal, tech tee, goodie bag (with sweets!) and tons of free cake and beer. This is a great race: really well-organised; lots of supportive marshals handing out water, energy drinks, orange segments, wet sponges, and jelly babies; and a fab course with chip timing. You couldn't ask for more from a race that only costs about 20 quid to enter. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Excelent weekend for runners, camping and spectators In full: 1 Good ruuning 2 Good camping 3 excellent weather 4 Good value bar 5 Good beer 6 Excellent organisation and support on and off course.
Overall a excellent weekend would recommend it to anyone. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: First timer but will be back again In full: I don't know why I have not done this race before it was brilliant. Organisation was great (even down to the weather), course was awesome and the whole experience was superb. The best word must go out to all the marshall's who were just the best and friendliest I have ever come across. The water stations were perfectly placed and well stocked and the additions of sponge stations just capped it all off. Finally the finish area was worth running for - not many races you can sit on the grass with a pint in one hand and a home made cake in the other. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: An incredible race and shaved my Bewl PB by 26 minutes In full: Organisation, marshaling and race atmosphere cannot be faulted.I enjoyed the cakes and atmosphere at the finish with a big medal and my favourite beer, Harvey's to sit in the sun and enjoyed it. Typed on behalf of Reg Magar Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Surely one of Kent's finest races and a great day out In full: Well organised with gorgeous scenery and friendly updates from the race director in the run up to the day. The route is relatively challenging and although the temperature was cooler this year the ground conditions give you a mix of hard, uneven terrain, slippy shallow mud, grass and a bit of road.
It's a great day out with beer, cakes and a brass band at the end. Sunday was my 4th outing so that surely speaks volumes about how much I rate this run.
Very minor criticisms: A couple of more loos at race HQ probably would have went down well, and the t-shirt was quite average. I've got so many of the things now that I prefer no t-shirt at all over one that won't get worn. It's still good value and absolutely will not stop me coming back again though. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: beautiful challenging race In full: Fantastic, beautiful and challenging. Cake and Harvey's at the end. Well organised , really good communication pre and post race. nice medal, really friendly atmosphere...but it was tough! Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Awesome hilly race in the Surrey hills In full: This race has moved to a new slightly shorter course this year but is still excellent and run by a friendly team of organisers.
The scenery is great.
Glad I did the 21k option even though it was hard on the second loop. The small field were the friendliest I have ever met at a race with everyone offering encouragement as you made your way round and a good post race atmosphere. The climbs are tough, but as everyone ends up walking them it is nothing that is not conquerable. I agree with the the other review that trail shoes are a must. The bountiful amounts of free brownies at the finish is a great touch. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In full: Thought very well organised, especially as at the mo you would say its a low key race with it being ran only for the second time, think will get very popular the older it gets. The 1st 4k is a slow uphill run but its nothing horrible and the run back in is mostly downhill so this helps alot :-) nice goody bag at the end with a very nice medal, will be back next year :-) Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Absolutely beautiful, but undeniably challenging race in spectacular countryside. In full: This is a race definitely worth getting out of bed for on a Sunday morning. It starts off flat through the picturesque village of Dorstone, followed by a slow steady climb, on road and off, up and up. The descent is just as beautiful, ending up back in the village for a barbecue and drink. Beginner's or the faint hearted shouldn't be put off - the atmosphere and support wonderful, with a 'last runner' to make sure everyone gets round. There is also a great 4 k run for those who feel they want to test the water first. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Very well organised, nice touches, but too hot for me and the first six miles out and back destroyed my soul a bit, making me have to dig deep quite early on. In full: A very friendly and well organised race, with good water supply, nice goodies at the end and I thought good value. However, for me it was just too hot and I didn't get my hydration right and was poorly all day afterwards. I found the first stretch out and back along single carriage way with little views rather hard work which meant a lot of my mental stamina had gone by the midway point, when the route got much more interesting. Also, given that and the heat, when we returned to the park it initially looked like the finish line was just around the corner, but there was a circuit of the park to run first which was a bit of a killer. If the route could be more varied at the start it would help and if there is anyway of getting those run through showers at a couple of spots for a hot day, it would be great. It did make me want to visit Southport for a less energetic day out though! Perhaps a route taking in more of the town would add some variety and support, if feasible. Date of review: July 7, 2014