In short: Brutal but brilliant In full: My beginner friendliness rating is based on atmosphere and the welcoming attitude of the marshals and runners. This isn't an easy race. It's hilly and insanely muddy in places. But thats the point.
The route was well marshalled and sign posted throughout. The event as a whole was well organised and didn't take it self too seriously, which was a nice change. Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: best trail runs In full: WSR have got it right ...going down to these Whiltshire races is like visiting your favourite relatives. Numbers are just right so you can find friends and run with people if you want but no crowding. Organisation, signage, super friendly marshmallows and well stocked aid stations. I took water and gels but really didn't need to carry the amount I did. I only completed 20 miles of the ultra it was tough but one of my best trail runs no doubts of not been on correct route and always felt safe and looked after ...my friend was Injured and had to pull out.....soooo back next year Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Another excellent race from White Star Running In full: Another stunner from White Star Running! How do they do it? Everything about this race was terrific. The organisation was excellent, the marshalls were brilliant and the scenery amazing, with some tough hills. Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: great atmosphere, great location, great race In full: water stations every 4 miles, they came along so quick, great marshals, great water stations with food as well as drinks, one even had cyder! a great price, remarkable value for money, I will be back, perhaps the Ultra next year Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: Perfect for my first ultra, very well looked after. In full: As a beginner (running for 6 months) this was my 2nd trail race and my 2nd WSR event after the Larmer Tree Marathon in March. Couldn't have asked for a better race to attempt 36 miles. Well organised from the pre-race briefing, signage and confidence tape, feed stations every 4 miles or so, superb medal/T-shirt at the end and plenty of post-race food and drink options. All in the middle of nowhere (darkest Wiltshire) with superb scenery. Getting on for 3000ft elevation I found it hard going and very challenging but that's what I wanted. The marshals were excellent, very encouraging and all but the quietest road crossings were manned. Loved it! Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: If only all races were like the Ox Marathon - fantastic event In full: OK, maybe I don't need hills where you need to be tough as an Ox on every race I do but if they were all as friendly and well organised as the Ox Marathon was the world would be a better place!
This was my first White Star Running event and it lived up to all my expectations. The course was well marked with regular, cheerful, marshal stations with choice of drinks, real food and the Lovestation at mile 20 with cider and peach rum was a picnic to behold.
The course was absolutely beautiful. If you don't mind a hill or few then you'll love this. The views were amazing, the countryside beautiful. Ran through yellow rape seed fields, through woodland, along ridges, into farms, it was a lovely day out.
The bling was great, tech T shirt was great. My wife did the Ox Light on the Saturday as her first trail race and loved every minute of it too.
We camped for the weekend which was a whole load of fun and added to the feeling of being part of a lovely, atmospheric weekend. I'm already booked up for the Bad Cow Saturday marathon in August, can't wait! Big thanks to the whole WSR team, you put on a brilliant thing! Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: One of the toughest, best things I've ever done In full: First year upgrading to the ultra, and I wasn't disappointed. I wasn't sure I would do it, but everyone from boss man to all the marshals believed in me and let me finish. Amazing atmosphere again that goes with any WSR event, and the usual offering of sadistic hills, but stunning views to make up for them, and lovely paths through fab scenery, when it's not been raining and turned into mile after mile of sticky mud and almost knee deep puddles. But hey, unleash your inner kid! Hard going at times, but you certainly earn your awesome bling. If you'e not sure about trail marathons, or ultras, then these guys are perfect for your first go. See you at the next one! Date of review: May 25, 2016
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