In short: A fantastic friendly race with great aid stations, medals, views, and like minded runners. In full: I arrived Saturday for my friend to run their light ox, then camped Saturday night. Food at the golf club (along from the camping field) was reasonably priced and delicious. Next morning with a light hearted race brief full of banter and safety instructions we were on our way round the beautiful countryside. Aid stations were about 4 miles apart and stocked with a variety of food and drink and supportive friendly marshals. I'm not a fast runner but was still happy and felt supported the whole way round. The route is well signed so you couldnt get lost. Also comical signs en route to keep the spirits lifted. Another fantastic event organised by white star running (I've run a few of theirs now and will continue to run more). Highly recommend! Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Just incredible. Loads of fun, loads of support, hills and mud. In full: White Star are a very special race company. They really care about their runners, and routinely ask for feedback so they can make their races even better. This race weekend was fantastic from start to finish. I ran their two quarter marathons on the Saturday - Light Ox in the afternoon, and Dark Ox overnight. The campsite facilities were top notch, and there was a friendly atmosphere. It was lovely to see dogs so welcome! The food was beautiful too, and they happily catered for special diets. Luckily they also had their kit shop there, as I got totally soaked on my first run and had to stock up on warmer layers! Onto the half marathon. This is not a fast course. If you've never trained on hills, you will suffer. You will get your shoes muddy. You might fall over. But you will have one of the best race experiences in a stunning setting! There were more aid stations than I expected - three for a trail half! Each station was equipped with water, squash, coke, gels, cake, and other solid food. There were also trained medical marshals assessing everyone that came through, and occasionally held people to make sure they were feeling ok before setting off again. But most of all, everyone was wonderfully happy and chatty! The medals are incredible, as are the tshirts, mugs, cider and beer that you get for finishing the various races. If you are debating entering this, or any other White Star race - just do it. It will be the best thing you'll do this year. Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Muddy, hilly fun!! In full: Well done WSR another brilliant event! A fun packed weekend started with the light Ox on the Saturday afternoon in monsoon like conditions. A six and a half mile warm up for Sundays marathon was in store for me. Mud, hills and the smell of wild garlic lay in store for those who braved the rain. Never had so much fun in the rain! The medal is fantastic, one of My favourites ( and it glows in the dark ) also a mug and a bottle of beer! And so on to Sunday, sunshine! A race briefing, which or once I could actually hear told us what lay ahead.The route took us through some of the most stunning parts of Wiltshire. The views were breathtaking, lots of mud and hills made this an extremely tough course which was well marked out. The marshals were brilliant, full of encouragement. With aid stations at roughly every 3 miles you had chance to take in more of the views on offer. The last two hills were killers and I must admit to walking both of them. As usual brilliant bling and t-shirt at the finish. Would like to thank WSR and all of the people who took part in putting this event on, this being my eighth event with them, the organisation runs like clock work. This ranks as one of the best weekends of running I've had... Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: Brutal, muddy, hilly and hugely entertaining In full: My fourth WSR race, along with one session as a marshal. As ever a stunning route, very hilly so hard work. Doing the Light and Dark Ox races on Saturday probably didn't help my performance, but again two great sessions.
Well stocked aid stations, at a reasonable separation. The teams on each aid station were friendly, welcoming and busy.
Runners were friendly and when I had a bit of a problem at the ten mile point everyone was really supportive and got me moving again.
It's not a race for the faint hearted, with a lot of climbing, and the heavy rain on Saturday meant a lot of heavy mud to run through. Good fast descents, and a sting in the tail of the final half mile.
Mixing with the Marathon and the Ultra meant a lot of good chat.
Looking forward to the GHM and the Frolic soon. Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: Challenging and beautiful all in one In full: Great race, fantastic organisation. So much more than the pancake flat city races. This is challenging and when you finish you feel like you have really achieved something. Great medal, food available is lovely, cider shack...what more do you need? Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: fantastic and exhausting! In full: Beautiful scenery, well organised and plenty of drinks and snacks at the aid stations - no need to bother with a backpack unlike at some trail races. Very squidgy underfoot but just adds to the fun! Highly recommended for trail runners, probably less so for road racers who like to stay clean!!! Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: Loved every moment In full: Another excellent event from White Star Running! They have all the ingredients for making every event 100% enjoyable. Brilliant marshals, slippy mud, cake, fancy dress, hills, stinging nettles and a man in a kilt with a badger sporran. You don't get that at every race! ?? Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: Big event, lots of support. In full: This is the 3rd time I have done the Great Manchester Run and probably wont be the last. Its a big and noisy affair with lots of beginners and super speedy types and everyone in between. I suspect unless you are in the first wave or so, you will get stuck in the crowds and wont get a PB. But you don't enter huge events like this to get a PB do you? You enter for the atmosphere and joy of running with people of all abilities who are out there giving it 100% no matter if they take 45 minutes or 2 hours. Despite the weather being awful for the later waves, the people of Manchester stayed out in the rain to cheer us along, my name was called out whilst encouraging me all the way around the course, despite some parts being a long way from the city centre. This kept me going and I thanked everyone who took the trouble to cheer me on. As you hit 8km and see the Beetham Tower loom above, you are spurred on knowing you are nearly done, having gone past some other great buildings, Old Trafford and the Imperial War museum to name but 2. The start and finish are well organised and marshalled so you get through both as quickly as possible. All in all its a great event to be part of and Manchester should be proud of how well it does a big sporting event such as this. Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: My first WSR as a runner , marshalled previously . Cannot rate this highly enough . Amazing scenery, challenging hills, fantastic support at more than adequate aid stations. Andy is doing a brilliant job at WSR . Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: Need to have a serious think about next years organisation after this years poor effort In full: I did this race after seeing a video by someone on YouTube and the race looked lovely, this is correct the route is nice however the organisation was a shambles. For me personally the most annoying thing was the non existent wave start, what happened was everyone was encouraged to start at the same time which meant walking for much of the first few miles as on narrow trails the congestion was ridiculous, this eliminated any chance of a pb attempt. More seriously the water stations were undermanned and infrequent. This didn't bother me too much as I had heard this was an issue last year so I took my camelbak but I felt for people relying on the water stations on such a hot day, it's not acceptable at all. Also at the end all we got a bottle of water and (nice) medal. There were also issues with bag drops which didn't really effect me luckily. I'm not sure I'd do it again depends on whether they can be trusted to sort out the issues, judging from past years reviews I'd say not. Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: Felt compelled to review this race due to a negative review complaining about 'lack of support'! In full: You couldn't ask for more aid stations, support, food, water and information pre-race!I never felt like I was lost in the middle of knowhere and if I did, well it's a trail run and I'm an adult! There were emergency numbers if I keeled over & I had the forethought to print out a map! I did the ultra, rather than the half, which was part of the ultra route. Just look at the white star running website and you will she how well loved these races are! Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: Great race and great people In full: my first ultra and it was brilliant, had a lovely chat to some of the other participants during the run and the marshalls were all enthused. Wonderful course, i did go off route but that was because i was looking at the scenery rather than where i was going. it was long and hard but that is what i signed up for. Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: Brilliant organisation, superb course and great atmosphere In full: WSR events are some of the best around and you're guaranteed to have a good time. Ok the courses can be a bit "testing" and underfoot conditions a lottery, but that's why we run off road :)
The Marathon course was really well marked and looped around the Wiltshire downs with some great views once you'd conquered the hills. Aid stations were perfectly spaced offering water, juice and cider (!) and lots of nibbles.
There is one opinion posted against the Ox half marathon event suggesting it was 'unsafe'. All I can say is, in my view White Star Running set the bar with respect to 'behind the scenes' planning, preparation and on the day safety for runners. I would not be put off by the “on the day and in isolation” opinion. If someone wants/ expects aid stations every mile and marshals at every turn, they should stay on the roads.
In short: Beautiful, challenging and very well organised. Best medal ever! In full: A lovely and well signed course, excellent organisation and really good safety cover. Hilly this year, made harder by a few miles of gloopy mud in places. Scenery and aid stations were excellent. A challenging and fun run. Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: Fantastic In full: Last year I did the half so I thought I would give the marathon ago. Challenging yes due to the mud but a fantastic course. The marshalls were great water/aid stations had everything you could ask for and a little extra. Will definitely be back next year. Well done WSR Date of review: May 24, 2016
In short: A totally brilliant race all credit to the WSR team In full: A body and mind shattering race but lets face it thats why we all run trails - the organisation and event team are brilliant and the only thing i could say at the end was well done Andy you know how to make a great race. this is both the toughest and the best race Ive run - no way i was getting a pb but id recommend to everyone to do one of the Ox races whichever distance suits. Date of review: May 24, 2016