In short: Awesome scenery, awesome hills, awesome people, awesome fun! In full: I guarantee you will not find a more fun packed event than this! OK so the course is a bit lumpy (understatement!) but the organisation, the marshals, the camping and the hospitality back in the village of Sydling St. Nicholas were all beyond compare! A brilliant medal, a muff with the picture of the Giant and his club and willy on it and a superb tee shirt make just one more reason to give it a go as well as some lovely one-off cow prints going to the first three finishers in each gender. As if all this wasn't good enough, the scenery out on course is quite breathtaking and just when you think it couldn't get any better, they go and lay on a free barn dance for your entertainment in the evening! And I've not even mentioned Jen, the ice cream lady whose large ice creams were s sight to behold! Do it is all I urge, you won't be disappointed, I dnf'd and still rate it as one of the best weekends I've had in a long while, White Star Running do genuinely deserve all the plaudits that come their way! Just like Arnie, I will be back! Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: My first marathon. Yes it was hilly, yes it hurt, but the scenery, people, aid stations & marshals totally made up for it! Great atmosphere. Will be back next year! In full: All round awesomeness. Camping adds to the fun. Scrummy food pre and post run. Barn dance if your legs aren't completely knackered. And everyone friendly & happy to be there. Loved it. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Great Marshals - Cheap organisation for an expensive race In full: Firstly the Marshals were great very supportive. The course was mowed crass in a meadow and only 3.5K so 6 boring laps on the same rough hard ground with hardly anyone watching. Water at the start finish so every 3.5K but they poured water from small bottles into cups (one of my pet hates as I cant drink while still running) all to save a few bottles. The shirt is awful and nothing more than a think cotton advert for the organisers. the medal is a joke bought off the shelf no event name on it or anything very cheap and tacky. No food like bananas or anything some gels and water but no real food some people doing a marathon here so not good. All in all organised on the cheap for an expensive race I wont be back and the organisers should be ashamed. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: an awesome event In full: the scenery is spectacular, the marshalling is awesome, the camaraderie is brilliant, the goody bag is fantastic, the course is brutal and this is one medal you wear with pride....for a week! Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Excellent event with fabulous scenery, perfect marshalling and signage - and free beer! In full: The organisation of this small, friendly run was fantastic. Signage was plentiful and accurate. Marshals were extremely friendly and helpful. THe route was challenging but offered great views. Overall, great value with generous medal, goody bag and free beer. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Fabulous race, great scenery, extremely well marshalled In full: Can't praise this race too highly. I loved it (and of course hated it in the right way too) when I was fitter and faster and equally now that I am drifting to the middle of the pack. Fantastic marshalling- you would have to try so hard to get lost or to fail to be encouraged. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: The best trail marathon in the UK In full: Have done this 3 times now and it just gets better. Run by runners for runners(with help from the villagers), WSR organise a brilliant event. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Loved the celebrity starter! In full: Brilliant start by Matt Miller he was really loud, enthusiastic and led us through a lovely warm up stretching session. Shame the race director was so quiet by comparison - no-one could hear her (perhaps a hand-held tannoy next year?). Boiling hot day destroyed the chance of a PB for me, but there was lots of water and finish line goodies. Measured a tad long according to Strava for me and others. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Super 10k race In full: Very well organised. The first half is undulating, with more ups than downs. Once you are over this then its downhill/flat all the way back. A good chance to make up for any lost time. Its mostly a rural run along quiet roads, and a stretch along a well constructed trail path.
Good t-shirt, free and easy parking and a very supporting group of marshals.
In short: give this race full respect In full: I live in a flat part of the country, we don,t have many hills that are in this race. Its important to get your pacing right here, this is not your average half, get it wrong & the wheels come off badly. Knew about 'the' hill, so no problem, its the many other small inclines and declines that upset your rhythm and rip your legs up. Get a strategy, slow up, and relax and faster descenting will see you get a decent time. If you fancy something a bit different, do this race, its hard ,but not horrifically so....well marshalled, take a gel (or 2) for the final 10/20 mins as only water at drinks stations. Weather helped, only 20 degrees today with light showers, definitely different proposition in hot weather, real war of attrition then. Memorable. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Another great event by White Star Running through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside In full: I ran the Ox Marathon in 2014 so this year, in order to obtain the rather excellent medal picturing the Ox with the turned-down horns, I threw caution to the wind & registered for the Ox Ultramarathon, at least 35 miles; if not nearer to 37. Conditions were very good this year, sunny for the first half of the race & dry underfoot; unlike last year where the going was much slower, lots of mud & big puddles … none of that this time, as we ran through glorious woodland for the first ten miles, carpeted with strong-smelling wild garlic and even the bluebells were still in flower. The Shaftesbury Drove was almost completely dry! The route is an anticlockwise loop to the east of the magnificent Rushmore Estate, with an extra inner loop near Broadchalke and gets as far as Bishopstone before heading west and homeward bound. The route overall is not too hilly; a few big climbs, but these make for some great descents which really make up for the hills. One of these was turning off the Shaftesbury Drove and running down to Berwick St John after which was the steepest climb of the day, the very beautiful wooded footpath up to the top of Winklebury Hill, deeply cut and full of wild garlic. Shortly after this, I at last reached the Lovestation and was informed by manager, Karen, that there might be “a small undulation” before getting to the finish which was now only three miles away. I took this comment with a very large pinch of salt and good job I did, as after, shall we say, an interesting descent into the Rotherley Valley on legs which were starting to distinctly feel like gateposts (by now I had run three miles further than I ever had before) there it was in front of me, that grassy wall of a hill which I had encountered twice before (both WSR events) resplendent with marshal standing at the top! My shriek of “You have got to be ****** joking!!!” reverberated several times around the quiet valley, and as most of the local birdlife launched themselves, as one, into the air in fright after my shrieking, I carefully inched my way up the hill on increasingly rickety legs. After seven hours & forty-two minutes of running and run/walking 37 miles I at last reached the finish line to receive a great t-shirt in a glorious shade of brilliant tangerine and the coveted Ox with the turned-down horns medal, was mine! Yet another superb event by White Star Running; huge thanks to the organisers and all the volunteers. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Nothing special but a good run In full: Not the fastest course - 1 medium hill into the wind was nothing to panic about but enough to worsen already tiring legs. Only real complaint though is the car parking - 100s of cars crammed into 1 multistorey car park! waiting a good 45mins to get out. To few toliets - need some portaloos. Apart from these issues, a decent race Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: WHITE STAR RUNNING DOES IT AGAIN In full: The Team at WSR just goes from strength to strength. Not just a brilliantly organised run, but beautiful scenery and lovely quirky touches ( naked farme in bath/lady farmer setting off the race with a hunting horn) Well stocked aid and water stations, marshalls at road crossings, on course first aid ( medics in land rovers) super friendly volunteers and just smiles all round. At the end there's free massages, an ice cream van selling ice creams the size of Dorset, burger stall. Then, when you think it's all over, along come the amazing villagers, with mountains of chili and rice and then crumble for pudding. For such a small cost it isn;t even worth mentioning! After you have run the marathon, stuffed youself with delicious food, you then have a barn dance...... It isn;t just a run, it is a community event, the farmer who gives his field over to parking/camping also serves beer at the bar! One of the toughest runs you'll do - but also one of ( if not) the best! If Carlsberg made marathons......
In short: WSR thank-you for yet another top notch race. In full: Ran the 10k last year and loved it so stepped up to the marathon this year. Very challenging race with hill, after hill but then so rewarding. On the accents I walked and got chatting to loads of great people. It was so friendly. The marshals are the best and the aid stations were well stocked and had anything you could want. water melon was just geneous. After finishing we chilled out on the green, ate a massive ice cream and cheered fellow runners in. WSR don't change anything as you have this race perfect. Thank you very much.. Date of review: June 28, 2015