In short: Really Great Atmosphere In full: I've done this race a few years in a row, it's always good fun, for the most part quite pretty (although there's a little stretch through industrial estates round the back), and much flatter than you'd expect for Bath.
Atmosphere is great, it being a 2 lap race really helps as it means you pass through areas with decent crowds for well over half the race. Love the live bands too. Would recommend. Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: Stunning scenery, excellent organisation, fantastic medal and bonus mileage In full: I've run a few WSR races, but nothing at this distance before. There are hills and there are hills! The terrain was challenging to say the least, but the scenery was epic, and made all the effort so much more rewarding. Plenty of well stocked Aid Stations along the route full of friendly marshals. WSR are so generous I even got a free mile thrown in! Loved mixing with the marathon and half marathon runners en route and the opportunity for a bit of banter along the way. Medals are one area WSR are known for and this years Larmer medal was amazing. A lovely touch to actually have someone place it over your head at the finish line, rather than handed to you in a plastic bag. All in all, a fantastic day and congratulations to everyone involved in putting on such a good event. Looking forward to the Ox races already. Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: One of the best! In full: Amazing route, terrific support from fellow runners and volunteers, weather top notch, best medal ever and lovely venue. Cannot wait for the Light Ox now in May. Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: Brilliant course, brilliant atmosphere, brilliant organisation and the sun shone In full: Last year I was a bit critical of the course, this year it was fantastic, no tarmac, varying terrain and some hills! Everything appeared to run like clockwork, great marshalls anf of course, the 'Love' station. Food was very welcome afterwards, I have plenty of T shirts. Medals are normally wasted on me, but these were a bit special! Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: Stunning! I want to run this again NOW! In full: Another fabulous race from White Star Running! Great organisation, great venue, lovely weather too! The hills were tough,but the views were amazing. Aid stations were plentiful and well stocked, the marshals were encouraging. The bling is gorgeous - you always get great value for money with a WSR event. Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! In full: just when I thought white star running couldn't get any better.... what a simply brilliant event. Even the weather was organised to perfection. Beautiful scenery,a few small *cough* hills, wonderful aid stations and super friendly marshals, well signposted,free food and free massage at the end.... Running at it's best.
In short: Brilliant atmosphere, great views, amazing medal, Awesome staff In full: Loved every moment of this. A little challenging but the WSR team never fail to bring together a mad bunch of fun people together and run for the love of running. Andy Palmer and the WSR team did them selves proud on this one. Everyone must experience a WSR Event!! Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: Beautiful views, fab fun, awesome bling with hills and mud In full: Steep muddy hills but worth it for the views. Fabulous fun, brilliant organisation even arranging a loo in the middle of the race! Excellent food and massage post race. Typically excellent Whitestar event. Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: Tough but beautiful - loved from start to finish In full: Another spectacular race from WSR and their band of (very) merry helpers. My second time doing Larmer 20, much preferred this years route. It was definitely harder but it was great to loose the road section and we got a bonus extra mile (uphill of course!!). The scenery really has to be seen to be believed and we were really lucky that the weather was so glorious. The race was really well signed, no danger of going the wrong way at any point at all even if some of the signs do make you swear at the organisers as you pass them! The Aid stations all have squash and water and the further into the race you get the more they have. Coke, sweets, savoury eggs, sausages, crisps....... until you get to the legendary LoveStation where you can partake in a tipple a little stronger if you so wish.
The great thing about these events are that whilst there are some seriously fast runners at the front of the field no-one takes it too seriously so there is always a really friendly atmosphere, those long hills give you plenty of opportunity to get to know your fellow runners! I almost forgot to mention the amazing medals! Definitely no expense spared on these weighty bits of proper race bling. I was proud to wear mine around the supermarket afterwards even if it did keep clanging on the trolley.....
My only recommendation would be to have a the number pick up divided out a bit more so that it moves a bit faster - that or combine it with the toilet queue so that you can kill two birds with one stone!! Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: More marvellous medals and magnificent hills from Andy and the WSR team In full: Forget pounding the streets for some generic tin gong, Andy and the WSR put on fabulous races in the gorgeous Dorset & Wiltshire countryside. This years Larmer delivered on all fronts, glorious weather (once the fog lifted) views to die for... Which I thought I was doing, brilliant aid and lovestations, friendly marshals, chatty Runner's, great big medal and a cooked meal. Get yourselves booked onto the ox, bad cow, invader or Bovington and enjoy how a trail half should be. Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: Fantastic run and great prep for a marathon. In full: Last year I did the Larmer Tree Half. This year I entered the 20 with the aim of progressing to a full Marathon. It is great to have something between the 13.1 and the 26.2 miles distances to build up endurance.
As ever with White Star Running events, there was a carnival atmosphere with everyone enjoying the relaxed, yet well-planned organisation. The format of WSR events allows people to run and compete as hard or as lightly as they wish.
The scenery and the sunshine was magnificent. The marshals and volunteers wonderful. Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: a great run through town and country In full: I have attended every Colchester Half, including one as a tail runner (not memorable!) and I have to say I experienced no problems at all. I was able to cycle there, arriving at 8 to a stadium heaving with runners and supporters. Race number, baggage drop and toilets for a no.1 were no problem at all and I did not hear of any grumbles or issues the whole time I was there. The course has huge potential for a fast time, and judging by the PBs achieved today, plus weather, support and a lovely flat 3 mile finish, many would agree. The organisers have a huge amount of red tape to deal with for a route such as this and I know they did a great job to get us away on time and provide a worthwhile route through town and eventually out into the country. This event becomes a victim of its own success, with greater entrants, queues generating and thus people feel inconvenienced when in reality they’re not. A finish with a wider funnel would work; equally if finishers moved out of the way a bit quicker that could help! Finally, a word for the marshals who gave up to 5 or 6 hours of their day for the price of a coffee and bacon roll. If you were on Straight Road duty many, many thanks for your water, kind words, raised hands and glittery pom poms!
In short: Challenging course, superb organisation In full: This was a really good race overall. Car park was a 5 minute walk from race HQ and well marshalled by a team of local cadets. Number collection was easy and it was good to have the track to use as a warm up.
The start in Central Park was OK. A really enjoyable route with enough downhill as well as uphill. Plenty of water stations throughout and great volunteers on the course.
Was great to do a loop of Central Park at the end for the benefit of spectators. Lap of the track to finish is always a bonus. Special mention for the refreshment at the end. Bananas, protein bars, water, fruit bags, muffins etc. Very much appreciated!
Thank you to everyone involved with the organisation. I had a really great morning! Date of review: March 17, 2016
In short: Great pre-marathon prep race In full: I'd echo the other reviewers. Very well organised race. Minor quibble that mile markers increasingly inaccurate - mile 9 measuring 8.7 on my Garmin although I crossed the line bang on 10 and 20 miles. Plentiful, friendly water stations. Good marshals and well behaved drivers.
Headwind on runway and a few undulations only mildly challenging.
Very easy logistically with the closest parking and most loos per runner that I've ever seen. Also wins for most stylish medal in my collection. Date of review: March 17, 2016
In short: Awesome Race In full: I have had this race on my bucket list for a number of years, mainly because they do an awesome finishers t-shirt! This year I finally got one and its very cool (accompanied by brilliant medal!)!
This race really is one to add or keep in your fixtures. Its fast (new PB), has a track finish and is brilliantly organised. Looking forward to next year!
In short: Great Event! In full: Just from my own experience of the day:
I arrived at 7:10 and couldn't find any signs or any person controlling the P & R. I later found out I had been taken to the back entrance by post code given for sat nav. I went for an alternative and parked at the train station which was £2 for the day, so that was a bonus.
bag drop was really easy and toilet queues were low. A couple of tents to stay warm. Good facilities pre-race.
Race had a 30 minute delay due to parking. It seemed fair enough as it wouldn't have been fair on those waiting in cars due to poor planning. hopefully sorted for 2017!
Pen system was useless. I was going for sub 1:30 and even right at the front I was behind a 1:50 pacer????? This problem has to be addressed as it caused lots of congestion for all runners of all paces.
I ran from the front, so found no problem with drink stations. Marshals on course were unusually quiet, but they don't have to support - I guess?
Course is fast and flat and does what it says on the tin! I got a 1:24 pb so cant complain at all. The views were good and local support was good too! Brilliant crowd with great finish support which was really appreciated.
Medal is superb and goody bag may have been the best of any race I have done. Lots of drinks and food to help recovery.
took advantage of the free massage (donations welcome) before heading home.
Great event, which is only going to get better. I know a few problems need working out, but you have to give credit to the organisers and brilliant volunteers!