In short: Having done a few White Star Races I knew what to expect but this was so much more. Fancy dress and fun with a gladiator on a horse to start us off. Some great off road running tracks that were quite challenging but just brilliant. Highly Recommend Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Gorgeous scenery, amazing organisers, not too hilly, In full: Dorset Invader was the most fun I've had running in ages, really well thought out course without the oft regular steep descent immediately followed by steep ascent (again and again) that you tend to find on trails.
The weather was glorious and 'just' on the right side of too hot luckily since there wasn't a whole lot of shade throughout the course.
Air stations were staffed by some of the friendliest people I've ever met whilst running and the runners themselves are equally lovely, and the WSR staff are just amazing.
I moved recently and don't know too many people down here yet and mostly arrive and leave races alone, but every WSR event I've been at has had a lovely crowd at the finish line cheering everyone in and the Invader was no different, I must have heard a couple of the girls a few hundred yards out and it makes for a huge boost at the end of a race.
I'd recommend any and every event WSR put on, and this one's a no brainer for next year. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Fantastic! Well organised, great route, great fun! In full: A great day, a great race and a great medal!
I enjoyed everything about this race, from the free parking, the welcoming marshalls and organisers and the finishing fort to the motivating and funny signs on the course.
We were led off by a wonderful horse called Gunner, who was ridden by a Roman clad farmer, which was a great touch and much appreciated. The fancy dress was great with a brilliant turn out, and this helped to make the day even more fun. The atmosphere before the race was great and really enjoyable. The course was quite hilly, with mainly rolling hills, so not overly hard, and about average for a Dorset race. The route was very nice with some great views an and I really enjoyed running through the trees/forest in the early part of the race. It was a hot day, so it was quite tough running next to the wheat fields with the sun on your back, but still enjoyable. There was a 2mile section through some long grass which was quite horrible and resulted in a few cuts to the shin. Fortunately my kitten has trained me well for this with numerous bites and scratches to my legs over past few months! The trail then goes back the way that we started with a slight detour to extend the course, and then comes out to a much appreciated downhill finish! Running through the hay fort at the finish is a lovely touch as well.
The ground was dry, with no rain in the previous week so I was fine running in saucony kinvara 5's, but I would image a trail shoe would be better if wet.
The signs on the course we're fantastic and easy to follow. There were no marshalls needed as the signs were were so good, which meant they could be put put better use at the road crossings - which passed by without a hitch.
The medal is large and well designed, a great memento of the day. The rest of the goody bag was also nice. A hit of a shame not to have a tshirt, but you can see your entry fee has been well spent spent on other items, so I appreciate a cheaper fee with no tshirt rather rather than a high entry fee with a tshirt (shirts are available to purchase seperately).
It was a great event, and I have set a new PB, so it was a great day all around. I would have loved to have stayed for for the disco and BBQ later, but unfortunately had other places to be. The chaos run on the Sunday sounded great as well.
A really well organised race with lots of special little touches (I especially liked the "you are here" sign). You can really tell that White Star Running know what people want from a race, and nether deliver 110%. I will definitely look to run this (or the full) next year, and will certainly be running in more WSR races in the . Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Utterly fantastic race/setting/food/people :) In full: I have had the pleasure of entering a few White Star events and whilst all have been excellent this one was most excellent :) Slickly organised but without being officious, really friendly marshalls, as is the norm for this bunch,I mean how many races do you see being entered by gladiators/toga clad loons and various wizards, celts etc whilst in blazing sunshine also in possibly one of the most beautiful parts of the world? Finish line, medal of superior bling, best I've yet to receive, next step given a Dorset Apple cake muffin and a goodie bag with Dorset Jam made at the farm we were at!!! AWESOME!!! Yes, I will probably be back ;) Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: OUTSTANDING In full: Perfect family orientated weekend in beautiful Dorset- camping, farm shop/ cafe, home cooked food laid on, every minute detail sorted- great race- well marked, marshalled, picnic style checkpoints, Roman theme was genius (including mounted gladiator to start the race!!), Roman bath afterwards great for tired legs, disco and bar in evening superb- ideal atmosphere for the whole family - brilliant! Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Great race from White Star Running In full: Fantastic half marathon! But no surprise when White Star Running are organised it. Great atmosphere and awsome trails. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: best race to date In full: im really fussy and if somethings not right you would know about it....but this race has it all gr8 location gr8 medals and proper coffee....you would be mad not to run this one next year Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Brilliant In full: This was a fantastic marathon in every way but the best of all is the amazing, fun atmosphere you always get at White Star running events. This one was full of Roman fancy dress, toga clad marshals, Aphrodites love station!!, many encouraging and funny signs on the way, and some very happy runners. Also you get the best medals ever!! I want to do this one every year until I die! ?? Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Just an excuse for grown-ups to play dress up, with a bit of running thrown in In full: Hills, scenery, schnapps & cider at the Lovestation, and a couple of dozen Romans wandering through rural Dorset villages. What more could you want?
Usual outstanding offering from WSR, who have to be the friendliest, looniest bunch of race organisers around, but they certainly know how to put on a good event that covers all abilities from speedy peeps to plodders. Don't ever let fear of the hills put you off entering thinking you'll be too slow - the marshals will still greet you with a smile and do everything they can for you to keep you going, even if you're right at the back with the sweeper.
On site camping, very welcoming hosts from the farm base, great disco, fab food and awesome bling. A real sense of community. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: The Best Race Ever!!! In full: If you want a race that's challenging, value for money, full of friendly faces but ultimately the most fun you'll have during a marathon then this is the one - absolutely awesome!!!! Well done White Star Running :) Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Veni Vidi Vici! (Best not to run it in sandals though) In full: Fantastically friendly atmosphere - including the wake up call on the campsite. Great facilities (including showers). Lots to scoff on the run as you admire the scenery, after a Roman in armour on horseback led the start. Roll on next year. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: I drive 2 hours to participate. Says it all I think. In full: Great event again. Great camaraderie and atmosphere on a challenging but beautiful course. Would recommend to anyone interested in off road courses. Only concern is for the second time I have paid for camping but no one has checked at all when we drove in. I would appreciate a little bit of organising taking place to make sure that everyone who camps has paid like me. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Speedy run In full: Between 2-3k absolutely stunk dog fouling, would suggest organisators to give out water in bottles (appriciated as it was) but think both sides did struggle with passing the cups and in run to grab them. It says traffic free- not really as approaching end of 1st k cars been passing opposite side of road and running back we had to use path way as traffic been back to normal. Did enjoy as it gives all opportunity for PB. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Another outstanding WSR event! In full: I did the Half - and what a great route, loved the constantly changing terrain, from stony tracks to field edges to twisty woodland single track to barley fields, and a lovely downhill to the finish! Pretty surreal having Rupert the farm owner leading the start on his charger in full roman armour. Nice touch. Great aid stations as usual. I wasnt running on all cylinders given that I had done my first 50k the week before but even so, it was not so tough that was not able to really enjoy the scenery. Biggest race medal I have ever recieved, nearly manhole cover sized! (maybe a slight exaggeration...but not much) People really got into the fancy dress theme, there were plenty of centurians, togas, and even some ancient brittons, and the whole weekend was set off nicely with the silliness of the chaos race on Sunday from which all income went to Parkinsons Uk charity. Excellent as always! Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Great Finish - route under development In full: Despite the fantastic organisation, the great finishing location, and the sunny weather for 2015 – this still feels like a race in development. Much is made of the chance to run in the Olympic Stadium – indeed the final 300m are special and worth the price of the entry fee alone. What lets it down, however, is the fact that the Olympic Park still has the feel of a place undergoing redevelopment – nothing the organisers can do about that though.
Start – the location is really good, in an open grassy area near the Orbit. Plenty of room to meet up with people, stretch etc. Plenty of toilets on site, so the long queues didn’t take too much time to get through. Bag drop was a bit small – could do with a larger space and better marshalling…no one challenged me to make sure I was collecting the correct bag – hope no one had anything nicked.
Race – after the group warm-up, and an interview with the Mayor, we were set on our way by Paula Radcliffe. The route itself is fairly flat, however what inclines there are certainly have a little kick to them…keeps you honest! As mentioned earlier, the race takes you through the sites of London 2012 – Velodrome, Copper Box, Aquatics Centre etc, erupting into the stadium after running along the transport tunnel. This section of tunnel was actually really atmospheric – with audioclips of Crammy and Foster at the 2012 games, and Chariots of Fire blaring from the sound system it certainly helped prepare you for the burst onto the track. 300m round the track was great – chance to take in the venue, see your name/image on the big screens, and then cross the line. Great stuff. I, however, raced with a cracking hangover so was glad to stop running!
Apres Race – After the line you were ushered off the track, and back out of the stadium to collect your goodie bag (medal, PUMA event t-shirt, lucozade, water, snacks, adverts etc). Getting away from the event was a doddle too.
All in all – a well organised race. Over time, and as the redevelopment completes, this will be a great event. I hope the organisers continue to push the event and maintain it’s ‘specialness’ – even though in a few months time it will be more closely linked with West Ham! Booo!
In short: Bring your Sense of Humour and Your smile!... (Running shoes optional) In full: It terms of organisation you will be hard pressed to better WSR, The whole weekend which , for us, was a weekend camping (on site) in beautiful Dorset, was perfect.
Hot showers, Festival Loos (well looked after) Pig Roasts, Burning Sheep, Pre-cooked Food (could be ordered in advance), Bar... and a Half Marathon on Saturday through the beautiful countryside.... SO, THE RUN, for a slow, slightly out of shape runner like me, it was a challenge, but a good challenge, plenty of climbs, but all runnable, good variation in the terrain, some stony paths, some dirt tracks, and some stomping through fields (various crops, some scratchier than others!) .. Luckily it was glorious sunshine, a damper day might have added some more challenges to the technical elements of the run. WSR are FAMOUS for their drinks stations, you don't get a cup of water (well, you do!) but you also get a buffet at each one, with various goodies!.
These guys put SO MUCH effort into their race organisation its no wonder people come back time and time again to become part of the WSR family.... So, please don't book any WSR races next year? ( until i've secured ALL the places I want!!!!) Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery, great fun, whitestar are my favourite races despite being tough. In full: Lovely atmosphere, lots of fun. Whitestar really know what the runner wants. A challenging run through beautiful countryside. Really well organised, a great medal and goody bag. Well done whitestar! Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Best Race this year In full: What a weekend, great location, great events and great Aid Stations must make this the best Marathon this year. The Medal was simply the best I have received. Love Stations was outstanding again and the atmosphere was also great. Roll on next year. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: Out -bloody-standing In full: My first marathon, my first WSR event, my new new favourite race, my new favourite running company. Amazing course / scenery, wonderful marshal's, glorious aid stations (I may have actually put on weight), party like vibe, fancy dress, being started by a centurion on a horse!, the medal and oh my what a medal it is. All of the other runner's, every one of them were fantastic. If you have not done a WSR event, then do it, and if never ran a marathon then believe that you can. Thank you Andy, thank you White Star Running Date of review: July 20, 2015