In short: Thanks to the wet but cheery marshals In full: It was a shame about the damp day, but far worse for the marshals and organisers than us runners. The course was well marked and marshals were very upbeat and motivating throughout. A cheerful crowd and pacers too. Trail race as advertised and some of the rocky bits were slippy with the rain but plenty of reminders, so no complaints.
A tough workout but enjoyed it! Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: Another great race from hermes running In full: This was the second time this year I've ran this half marathon, everyone has to do this race at least once. Brilliant course really tough in place's. I would recommend all hermes running events especially the Thames meander brilliant race, great medal, great views of the Thames. Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: A must do In full: This event really caught my attention when I saw it advertised and so became my 'must do' event of the year. It did not disappoint. Great course, great scenery, excellent organisation, extremely friendly marshals, and the novel enduro format added a lovely sociable feel to the event. If you haven't done it, do it. If you thought about doing it but didn't, do it. And if you have done it, well, you know you'll be doing it again. Highly recommended. Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: It just gets better ... In full: Having done GHM in it's inaugural year and loved every minute, I decided to go back again this year, and take in the whole weekend camping experience too.
Was not to be disappointed with yet another memorable weekend courtesy of White Star Running.
Brilliant (and respectfully quiet late on) campsite and facilities for those arriving on the Friday.
The race was everything you have come to expect from WhiteStar, brutally tough hills, views that would make Julie Andrews burst in to song, aid stations stocked to overflowing with everything you could need (and more) and staffed by fantastically enthusiastic volunteers, and of course not forgetting the inimitable White Star stamp of a slight quirkiness. (a start line wedding proposal, some somewhat unorthodox signage to keep spirits up).
It was more like a day out with friends than a race, and if those running with you weren't old friends, they were within 50 yards of one of the hills.
In short: unique & brilliant trail race in a major city In full: Fantastic concept, ran in stages, covered beautiful parks, woodland and trails. Free photos uploaded to facebook after. All they ask is you make a donation to a local cancer hospital (but this is optional, but tight if you don't). One of my all time favourite races and will be back next year. Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: Very tough, but proud I finished it! In full: Excellent organisation, marshalls and atmosphere (particularly when you've finished and get back to the park). Really great food and drink at the end. Excellent food stations on route - no risk of running out either, which was a relief for those of us at the back! Excellent medal too! Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: First timer. The stages were right up my street as tackling a half marathon in one go was a bit daunting. Found trails around our beautiful city I didn't know existed. Fabulous views which made the tough climbs worth it. Date of review: June 30, 2015