In short: Sydling Hill 10K In full: Sydling Hill 10K is 2 hours after the start of the marathon. It has 2 major hills but brilliant views and atmosphere. Organisers have got it sussed 100 percent! By far my Favourite race of 2015 and cant wait for 2016. These guys have various races in the year. Im doing my first Marathon with them and Im looking forward to enjoying the run and atmosphere Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Breath taking scenery....... Breath taking hills. Do this race! In full: Ones of the best races I have ever done! The hills are tough, really tough but it is such an achievement. Where to start? A lovely local race, low key, friendly and fun. There is a kids race too which is a great addition. The facilities at the start are good, a BBQ afterwards, medal engraving, a small kit/supplies shop. The marshals at this race are the friendliest ive ever encountered. Full of encouragement and genuinely supportive of the runners. The Kent countryside provides a stunning backdrop. It is achingly beautiful and takes your mind off the aches from the brutal ascents/descents. Goody bag was fine, tshirt and great medal. 10/10 Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Wanted to see more of Richmond Park In full: Im not too sure how I felt about this race as my overall time wasn't the best and i didn't feel the best before the race
I enjoy RunThrough races as they are always well organised and fantastic value for money through Central London
I personally would of liked to of seen more of Richmond Park than the 4 laps. The race only cover a small part of the park and I would of liked to more woodland and a adventures course than what we ended up running. Saying that the opportunity of a PB is there.
The medal was cool and the drinks out on the course were perfect and plenty
I would recommend this race to all runners…... Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: The best of 23 marathons I've done so far! In full: Another wonderful race by the white star team. The only difference with this one is that they manage to make it better. The Dorset countryside is beautiful and the hills are difficult but the view from the top is stunning. This is a fun event where brave first timers have fun whilst achieving their goal and seasoned runners who know what a great trail marathon is come back for more.
The race was started by a lady on horseback blowing her hunting horn and within a few miles we had passed the naked farmer in the bath tub. A little crazy but this seems to be the theme at these events. Plenty of aid stations with lots of food and drink. (watermelon, crisps, sausages etc etc etc) and cider and bubbly at the "lovestation". The course is in Dorset country miles, so about 27 normal miles long. But don't worry as they had an extra aid station at about 26 miles with plenty of drinks and some yummy cakes.
The finish is on the village green and on a day like Sunday friends, family and faster runners will be there to greet you. There was a massage team giving out free treatment and an ice cream van which seemed to be trying its hardest to go out of business! Wow those 99's were big :-)
I have done a few marathons now and I have been lucky enough to do some great ones but this just tops them all. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Hills, scenery and a few more hills but so much fun In full: This was my first time doing the North Downs Run and I have no idea why I have not done it before. I had no intentions of racing, just running at whatever pace the hills (okay almost mountains) allowed and make the most of the scenery. It is by far the best event I have done. The organisation is pretty good, although I was a little confused by the start as I thought it was going in waves but everyone seemed to all start together (this made for some bottle necking the first couple of miles) however I could not hear the tannoy announcements so I may have missed something. The marshalls and volunteers at the water stations were brilliant, especially in that heat and the sip of John Smiths at the 15k station was most welcome as were the water sponges at each stop. It is definitely not one for a PB but its such a beautiful route and I had an absolute blast completing it with 3 others from my running club. I am definitely doing it again next year! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Magnificent Race In full: This race has to be a must do in any marathon list. The organisation and planning that goes into this event is beyond any other marathon of this size. Andy Palmer and his crew are professional and brilliant. If this race doesn't win marathon of 2015, I'll run next year as Darth Vader.... Just Awesome. Vader Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: super tough rural trail marathon.....and food, dancing,camping and massive ice creams In full: I was inspired by Paula Radcliffe that it was finally time me to do a marathon after 12 years of trail races (5k-21 miles). Having read about this race in the 50 best races pullout - this is the one! The hills were bigger than I thought and it was warm, but I was doing well, thanks to the great drink stations and walking the hills,until at the top of the last big hill where they dreaded cramp started, managed to get running again until 300m (A nice view over sydling!) from the end where my legs said ENOUGH . Walking up to line another runner appeared rapidly closing on me causing me to do a chicken run over the line and then falling in a heap on the grass. Terminal cramp! A big thank you to the two guys who had just finished for getting my legs stretched and helping me up! All was fine after a massage much to the relief of the first aiders. Back to their village green after a shower and change for a massive ice cream and watching the rest of the field finish in the sunshine. Amazingly I still finished 41st!!
A fantastic post race chilli, real ale and local cider was enjoyed at the village hall followed by a barn dance until bedtime!
Have post marathon legs today and I'm almost thinking about doing it again next year
In short: I'll be back! Next year! In full: My second white star running event. You won't get better organised events. It's a tough run, I would say not for someone that has not ran a trail marathon, having said that...you've got to start somewhere! 5 out of 5 Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Best Marathon ever! In full: The whole weekend was amazing, from camping to food, the atmosphere was second to none and everyone was so friendly. The marathon itself is incredibly challenging but for the masochists out there it is a must. For the non-masochists you can take solace in the cake-filled aid stations and incredible views! (oh and much drink post-race) Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Great course, superb marshals, lovely atmosphere and a cracking beer to finish - what more could you possibly want!!! In full: It's comforting to see there are still organisers who want to put on good value events for runners! Well done to Simon and the team for a cracking event. See you next year!
In short: Brutal, beautiful, bizairre... brilliant In full: One of the toughest races I've ever done, yet also the most fun and rewarding. The GHM is set up as a weekend event, so the atmosphere is wonderfully supportive, and the race is so hardcore it needs its own category. Do it next year!! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Outstanding new concept in running In full: 15 miles in total, 13 miles of running, 11 stages, many hills, loads of people, great fun, great medal, BBQ and beer tent, a really great day out in Sheffield. Highly recommended Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Tough without the roads In full: A challenging event that has 3 sandy sections (2 miles) about 1 mile on the road and the rest thru the grass and up high, off road and a solid earth base. Usually some breeze to contend with and hot too - this race is great! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: If it wasn't for the wind In full: Nice Works have organised a good set of evening 5k out and backs along the Clacton prom. Inevitably you will be hit by the wind in one direction or another, but it doesn't matter - it's not fiercely competitive and the organisers are welcoming and kind with warm words and prizes for all types of finisher. These are very inclusive races. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: So much more than just a race! In full: Trademark WSR hills as awesome and demanding as ever. Fantastic marshals, a naked man in a bath, a snowman, horseflies, booze and loads of food! The finish on the village green, with people sitting around in groups eating enormous ice creams makes you hear the whack of leather on willow and imagine a quintessentially English summer village fete, followed by the organised chaos of runners mixing with the locals for a barn dance. WSR races are in a league of their own, and this one is at the top. Incredibly friendly and much fun had by everyone Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Loved it! In full: Great course - friendly from the start (even before the start) Stunning views, challenging hills, Very regular checkpoints which were well stocked and manned by friendly marshals - the cider at mile 20 is always a bonus but on this occasion there was also pink champagne and strawberries as well... Well you don't often get to see a marriage proposal at the start of a race, do you? Lots of variety of food at checkpoints ranging from sausages and scotch eggs, tomatoes, watermelon, oranges, crisps, pretzels, sweets... And those amazing home made cakes Great bling! Top medal, t-shirt and buff / muff
All in all a top day! Well done White Star Running!
In short: Rat Race = Money Grabbing Gits In full: I need to echo the previous comment. When you look at events such as Reading half where they need to pay for road closures in a major town, a fleet of buses to ferry people to and from the station, hire of the Madajski stadium for the start and finish, and then you look at what Rat Race had to provide ... I have no idea how they can defend themselves against profiteering. They then have the cheek to add an "administration charge" of 4.99% to the entry fee and bump the price up (over and above the advertised price on their web site) if you pay on the day.
Rat Race Gits aside, the venue is fantastic, marshalling was good, results were quick to be produced (and so to were the photos) . Only gripes about the organisation is the finish 200m was across very uneven, rutted ground where a sprint finish would have been suicidal.