In short: Beautiful. Brutal In full: Test-ran the route with the Isle of Wight Road Runners yesterday, on a baking-hot Sunday morning. It's not an easy run because of some long, gradual hills, but it is set in glorious countryside, and the views are simply stunning. Picture postcard race where you'll love the views and will have a warm sense of satisfaction having tackled one of the tougher 10 milers around! Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: We came, we saw, we conquered In full: My third White Star marathon and not my last, I was planning The Ox before we were half way through the Invader! Everyone needs to do a race like this, with no pressure on time and the focus firmly on fun. The fancy dress was excellent, food statins amazing as always and the 7am wake up call was... Interesting! Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Tough but scenic and very well run by Hermes In full: Every bit as challenging as advertised but great views and a friendly atmosphere. Really well organized and marshaled with a well marked course and plenty of much needed fuel available along the way. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Great coastal off road 10k In full: Route had to be changed at the last minute to stop folk running off the cliff in the bad weather led to a slightly shorter than usual 10k, but great fun all the same. Some challenging hills but all run-able (just), good organisation despite starting a little later than advertised. Suggestion for next year- get the local Palmers brewery to sponsor with free beer for finishers!!?? Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Best Race this Year In full: Fantastic Race, brills location and the set up was excellent. Best medal I have ever received. Aid stations were well stocked and the Love Station was again the best. Atmosphere was really good, the whole weekend makes this the best this year. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Strange one ... In full: Really mixed feelings about this race. Had been looking forward to it for ages, especially the finish in the stadium but left feeling slightly disappointed.
Overall decent organisation as you'd expect – excellent PA announcer, good signage etc. However, I don't think the park lends itself to a run like this. Too many twists and turns had to be incorporated into the narrow route to make it fit and what with the numerous rises & falls of the service roads I think calling it "flat" is probably just about ok but wasn't what I was expecting. What with the number of people trying to squeeze round all the turns, many of whom were in headphone oblivion (argh!) it certainly was not PB potential. The route coming into the stadium at the end wasn't ideal as you got excited about approaching it, then had to deal with disappointment of running indoors round the a dark service area (no GPS of course) before you actually got out into the stadium.
The other weird thing was the km markers seemed to be consistently about 10 or 20 metres beyond where my Garmin was calculating as km laps. I would have put it down to my device except it has never happened before – it has always been bang on in every other run I've done. Interested to know if anyone else notice anything funny ?
So, yes the experience of crossing the Olympic finish line was cool but there were plenty of negatives too. I'll probably do it again but will temper my anticipation next year.
In short: Beautiful challenge. In full: Beautiful scenery, all on quiet roads, quite undulating but nothing hideous. You will feel like you have really accomplished something when you cross the finish line and the medals are great! Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: A special event In full: Any one interested in running events should partake for the experience of the Stadium and the surrounding park. The course was crowded and narrow in places but what the hell the experience was the thing !!!
In short: Great evening race. In full: Up and down course with one big hill at 5 miles. Last mile off road. Always a good turn out by all standards of runner. Recommended by me! Date of review: July 19, 2015
In short: Well organised and friendly In full: Innovation Sports' events were my introduction to racing, given that Clapham Common is a 15 minute stroll from my house. I have run quite a few during the past 5 years but this was my first time since 2013 and my first stab at the 15K. The course, which hasn't changed in a few years, is quite twisty, with a lot of hairpin bends. Each lap is 5K long and the three race take place simultaneously, albeit with a staggered start (5K runners first, 10K next, 15K last). I guess their reasoning is that the best 5K runners are going to be the fastest people on the course; however, there are also a lot of first timers, many of whom took long walking breaks, and it's possible for 10K and 15K runners to get stuck behind them during the one narrow, twisty section through the trees at the 2.5K mark. Fortunately, the combined field is still relatively small so it wasn't too much of an issue for me, at least (in fact, I was on my own for a good portion of the second and third laps). With all the twists and turns, plus a headwind on the longest straight section, it isn't the easiest course for a seasoned runner to PB on but I did manage to achieve my own goal so it's certainly possible. There is one water station at the 2.5K mark (water is in cups, not bottles) which I appreciated on this warm day. There are also a good number of enthusiastic marshals so getting lost shouldn't be an issue. Value is OK. You get a bag containing your medal, a bottle of water and a cereal bar (which I couldn't eat as it wasn't gluten free) and that's it. If you want a race shirt, you have to buy one as they're no longer included as they were in 2010 and before, but they're still fairly cheap. Overall a very friendly (and beginner-friendly) race if nothing out of the ordinary. If anyone is wondering about shoe choice, you can get away with your usual trainers during the summer races but I'd advise trail shoes for spring and autumn unless it's very dry. The common can get pretty muddy. Date of review: July 19, 2015
In short: Club running at its best In full: An unusual distance, a hilly race, but very well organized. Pretty course, village fete. Low key and friendly club running at its best. Date of review: July 19, 2015
In short: What an awesome experience. In full: I loved this event. The feeling near the end of the race, running through the tunnel to the music from Chariots of Fire with the Mo Farah Olympic commentary playing and then emerging into the Olympic statdium for the last few hundred metres of the race is something I will never forget. It was electrifying and wonderful and well done and big thanks to the organisers. Date of review: July 19, 2015
In short: fantastic event makes running fun again In full: really great event something for everyone! organisation, venue, marshals,aid stations all top notch and the medals are superb i would recommend any white star event to all- they just don't do mediocre Date of review: July 19, 2015
In short: Tough, hilly, well run event In full: Well organised race through beautiful countryside.
It is very hilly. More so than most runners were expecting judging by their split times.
Well marshalled, and well marked but still useful to download a KML file of the NDW before setting off as there are lots of places where the path forks (I had to let 2 runners know that they had taken a wrong turn - but in both cases the race markings were there and correct TBF).
The aid stations deserve a mention. Fruit, gels, cake and and salty snacks but best of all they seemed to be manned by experienced runners who were helpful and not horrified to see people super-gluing blisters etc.! Date of review: July 19, 2015
In short: White Star Running events have to be tried by all runners! In full: I am not usually one for 'quirky' or 'zany' but WSR back it up with (it seems) a sincere attempt to make their events memorable (see other reviews). This was a good route (not as hilly as some of their courses) it was all runable - slowly for me! The run through the woods at 7ish kilometers was a memorable aspect of the day. Date of review: July 19, 2015
In short: Another slice of White Star magic. 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 19, 2015