In short: Fab for fleet feet In full: The organisation is pretty impeccable. A lot goes into this race and you can tell. Would happily do this every year. Great medal and bonus buff! Top marks. Date of review: March 20, 2016
In short: Great in places -Amateurish in others In full: Plus points
Great scenery Easy bag drop / even easier collection Bottled water on course Superb medal and race tee shirt Nice atmosphere and good Marshalls
No water at the end funnel Rubbish goody bag- homemade flapjack and over ripened bananas, no water!! Still no results as I write (5pm)...i would have expected better for such a well organised and well promoted event.
Overall it was a great morning but still a few tiny creases that could easily be ironed out. Date of review: March 20, 2016
In short: Highly recommended - a perfect race in the build up to an April Marathon In full: I really can't fault this race at all - great value, runs like clockwork, marshals on every corner of a rolling course through country lanes (apart from one small stretch alongside an A road)
Added bonus of a post race massage (£5 for 10 minutes) and some excellent cake as well.
Highly recommended. Date of review: March 20, 2016
In short: Could have been better In full: Having 3 races on at the same time - obviously the start times were different, made running at times particularly difficult and frustrating for those doing the half marathon. I don't think it was my imagination but the first water station was at 6+ miles and the second one seemed within a mile of that. So not great. I'm all for people calling this their 'fun run' and not taking things seriously, but when you are taking things more seriously and you've run 13 miles, and you're shattered and have to dodge those particular runners on their way back in the 5k messing about across the road, and getting in everyone's way to take selfies, that's not fun, just incredibly frustrating. There was also talk at the end of the race that the distance was shorter than a half marathon - not sure by how much though. Wouldn't be keen on doing this again, even though it is virtually on my doorstep! Date of review: March 20, 2016
In short: Tough and beautiful,just like me really! In full: Well this was my third Ashridge boundry run and it still remains my favorite race of the year! Brilliant Marshals,really friendly and encouraging.An unbelievably well marked out route(Impossible to get lost)Stunning scenery across a fun but very challenging course(1200m of elevation!) But,don't be put off by that,most folks enjoy taking a little stroll up the bigger hills and then there's always plenty of downhill fun to be had afterwards to make up lost time! I would also like to mention how friendly the runners are.I hit a bit of a wall at 14 miles and one guy gave me his water,another gave me an energy bar.I may have had to grab a branch and have a long sit down if it wasn't for these guys!(Thanks) Anyway,if you want to run somthing challenging,fun and beautiful then this is the race for you! Lastly big thank you to Anthony and Andy for putting this race on.Really nice guys.See you all in 2017! Craig Price... Date of review: March 20, 2016
In short: Everything you could ask for in a trail race In full: Long steady climbs, short steep ascents, mud, woods, views, fields. What more do you want in a trail run. Tough route and not to be taken lightly. I use this as a marker for the trail marathon season later in the Summer. Lots of club runners and always a good atmosphere on course. Great event. Date of review: March 20, 2016
In short: Fab atmosphere, steep hills and a Love Station In full: Apart from a long wait for numbers, everything else about this race was brilliant. Lovely course with challenging but doable hills. Great atmosphere - supportive marshals and other runners lovely too. Liked the way that the 3 races came together at times. Best race instructions I've ever seen. Date of review: March 19, 2016
In short: A last minute race for me - why haven't I done a Whitestar event before? In full: Having been talked into doing this race at short notice (with the promise that if I bribed the organisers I could have a change of name on the day) I was so very grateful to those who convinced me to do it. Running and racing often this has to have been one of the toughest half marathons out there BUT (and a HUGE but) also possibly the most superbly organised and just so "damn" nice race I've ever had the pleasure of doing. The Whitestar teams' approach is one of total professionalism with a healthy dose of mockery/laughs/badgers feeling/cider thrown in for good measure. There were hills. There were more hills. The course was brutal, but oh so scenic and the miles simply flew past. And as for the lovestation.... if you need to ask then you really need to do a Whitestar event to find out for yourself! My good fellows at Whitestar - I thank you for putting on a spiffing race and perhaps you could show some of the others out there how its done?! However, there is a big part of me that wants to keep my enthusiasm underwraps for fear that too many people will discover these gems of running. Run Rural people! Date of review: March 19, 2016
In short: Friendly and fun In full: Well organised and covering a good mix of challenging terrain. The three distances coming together at points make for a good mix of fellow runners, and some friendly chat on the route and at the aid stations.
Good fun, hard work.
No prospects of a PB but some glorious scenery make it all very worthwhile. Date of review: March 19, 2016
In short: Nice beach-front run, well supported In full: A great run along Eastbourne beach. Huge, long hill at the 3 mile mark, so not a good PB course, but the massive climb and descent back down is pretty fun. Good support from marshals and public along the route. Date of review: March 19, 2016
In short: Superb scenery, great atmosphere, really enjoyed it! In full: Been running for 4 months, 2nd ever organised event and the 1st trail and 1st marathon event I've done. Couldn't have asked for a better one! Great camaraderie, well organised, superb feed stations with very friendly marshals - loved the Lovestation and the signs on the way round were hilarious. Huge range of abilities so anyone would feel comfortable whatever their standard. Nice food and a beer at the end......oh and what a medal!! Date of review: March 19, 2016