In short: Agreat day to be out in the countryside In full: A return to running something more than 100m. Friendly crowd, volunteers and organisers. Could flatten the hills but then there'd be no challenge. Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: A few cheeky hills In full: One of the toughest 10 mile courses I have run but it is worth it for the beautiful scenery along the route and the feeling of accomplishment. Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Veni! Vidi! Vici! Vino! In full: Thanks to all for a great race. I'm rubbish at these writing bit, so I'll just list the great bits. Roman Movie Quote Signs. Roman Fancy Dress. Authentic Roman Fancy Dress. Roman Soldier on Horseback starting race. Roman Toga Parties at aid stations. Great Food & Drink at aid stations. Roman Bath at the end (I forgot to use it!). Cheap Camping. Showers. Loos. Hog Roast. Lamb Roast. Cottage Pie. Pudding. Cheap Bar. Great Medal. Great Organisation. Great Goody Bag. Invader Chaos. Thanks Andy, Ian, Corin. See you next year. Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: FInal 1,000m makes this a must In full: As a relatively new race, organisation wasn't great but everyone was trying and meant well, meaning I didn't see many angry people.
Despite going around the Olympic park, much of the scenery was industrial/a building site (indicative of the transformation the park is currently undergoing).
The route was not pancake flat, but the inclines were moderate and not too long; I quite enjoyed them. Crowds around the route are very thin as most people wait in the stadium for the finish. I enjoyed the first 9k but it was very much unspectacular.
Contrast that though with the final k, which was incredible. With the stadium in sight, everyone's legs started to move a bit quicker.
The final 700m - 300m are in the concrete concourses of the stadium with chariots of fire, Olympics TV commentary, and crowd noise blaring from speakers. The hairs start to stand up and your stride extends.
Then, daylight. The ground beneath you feels soft. You're on the track where it all happened. You look around, and it hits you. The final 300m are on the track, just make sure you enjoy them and soak it all up!
The final 1,000m made this race and for them alone I classify this as a "must do". The cotton finisher's T shirt and small boring medal are below average but who cares!?
One final positive - ending in a 80,000 capacity stadium means that toilets are aplenty at the end! Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery lumpy course In full: Did the club trial run on Sunday on a very hot morning. It's a challenging course with great scenery to take the edge off the hills. Can't wait for everyone to try it this Sunday - the medal is fantastic & will stand out in anyone's collection :0) Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Nutty trail run In full: Think you'll here this from a lot of us whose first trail run under whitestar running, my calendar from next year will be full of there events, what an epic run the Invader was and next year I'll be back with some sort of roman costume but maybe not like the bloke with full armour and 35kg shield .Ok to sum it all up then , loved this event , still beaming from it , hats off to whitestar running and I'll be back next year Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Epic race In full: White Star running are nuts ! Went out of their way to make not only the marathon but the whole weekend the most hilarious & enjoyable experience. Very tough course , trails , fields, woods, few hills , cows, butterflies, Romans. Race was started by a Roman on horseback! Aid stations superb, fruit , cake, cider , marshals dressed in togas ! Friendly fellow runners. Amazing medal & goody bag with scrummy jam , food & their own commemorative muff ( buff ) Best post race massage I've ever had ( £5 ) BBQ , more cake , even camped before & after which adds a whole new dimension to running a marathon ! Food , bar , disco , Roman bath ! My first of many White Star events I think !!! Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Brilliant Race is an understatement! In full: From the moment you register down to every minute details of the race, everything is a treat. You don't have to try first to believe it...Just do it!
In short: Hot marathon fun run!!! In full: 2nd WSR event for me this year having tackled The Ox in May so difficult to tell you which one was best they were both tough and fabulous!! I guess this one was a slightly flatter course than ox but still damn hard on the legs!! At least the weather wasnt roasting hot but nonetheless the sun shone and it just saps you in July but plenty of water and provisions at the aid stations to keep you going. Another great WSR race such a pleasure to run their races will definately be back for Ox and Invader next year. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Fantastic race In full: My third WSR event and this is the best so far Great race build up and loads of information Good social media updates The best aid stations anywhere. Fun and frolics in the countryside P.S. I met one of the race organisers-tall with glasses-at an aid station. He asked me how I was doing,shook my hand my hand and thanked me for coming. Thanked me! No one has ever thanked me for entering their race, ever. These guys know how to put on a race.
In short: Outstanding experience In full: Another excellent race from WSR. Really friendly feel to the whole event, with lots of banter on the route. The slopes weren't as aggressive as other WSR events, but still pretty challenging.
Lots of very narrow paths made passing pretty difficult, but that was offset by the glorious scenery.
Good fun, and one to be repeated. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Brilliant In full: This is the fourth White Star running event I've taken part in.... I can't get enough of them! Think I've become a White Star running bitch....nutty races for nutty people is printed on their mugs, it does help if you like having a laugh and dressing up, as many of you did on the Invader. Total respect to the chap in full Roman kit. If you like stunning scenery,having fun and the best bling you will ever see enter these races, but don't expect it to be easy Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: gladiators ready!! In full: another 5 star event in wsr race portfolio.huge epic medals,cakes,lovestation,trails,hills and a gladiator on horseback to start the race.everyones gotta do this.half this year.next year i want 27 ish miles of it!love these races Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Epic race, WSR! In full: Cross Country, Romanesque conquering, fancy dress, views, Dorset, Lovestation...are you convinced yet? You should be! They know what runners love and execute their races with the perfect mix of great organisation and silliness. Fabulous, thanks WSR! Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Another slice of White Star magic In full: In full: A good few people dressed in Roman costume to match the event theme, but I was roasting in a vest so glad I didn't! It was a very varied and enjoyable route, lots of single file sections mostly rough fields and a few woodlands. Nice hill fort half way through. I wasn't going for a PB just a nice day out and indeed it was. Epic medal, great route, grand company and clockwork organisation. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Awesome but tough In full: Great race, loved it. White Star Running really know how to put a trail route together and back it with outstanding organisation and support. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: If Carlsberg did races. They'd give up because this is better In full: Hot, aggressive foliage, undulating ground verging on really hilly, rutted fields. It all sounds like absolute hell. Do not be fooled. This is how it should be! Every runner, every marshall, every spectator, every aid station, every sarcastic sign are all there to make it feel special. No PB's are not on the cards, but who cares. This is a running event to be savoured and enjoyed and most importantly to be achieved. As a runner you are so well looked after and the encouragement and support in many ways is better than a million people in the centre of London.
If you are looking for a 1st or 101st marathon to do or any other number sign up to a White Star Running one. I did the Larmer Tree in March and came back for this one, both completely blew me away. I've done London, Abingdon and Yeovil!!! Among others, but this is my favourite. Date of review: July 20, 2015