In short: Looping nuttiness and a great time In full: Ideal for relative newbies who can run/walk/crawl for 6 (ish) kms. Love station at 4k was a dream to see and the whole experience prompted me to run slower but longer than ever before. Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Run accross Severn Bridge. It's got to be done at least once. In full: Well probably "only" rather than "at least" once thanks to that terrible hill, pretty much everyone was walking up it so why, why, why? To be fair I am not a good hill runner and maybe some people like the challenge but please earlier in the course! Great to run over the bridge. Really friendly and enthusiastic marshalls (thanks) and so well organised. Lots of thought into the set up of the facilities If I was I was to criticise anything on the organisation - maybe more people at the drinks stations or was my timing bad? Everything else worked like clockwork and I really appreciated the fact that some marshalls had bin bags for rubbish in addition to bins near drink stations. Why doesn't every race do that? Really lively online presence on Facebook made the build up a bit more special. Oh and a great medal. I was hurting afterwards and there is a real sense of achievement (as well as my slowest time in 17 halves)but never again..... although maybe if I factored a few more hills into my training...... Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Couldn't find the secret tunnel!!! In full: I did this race last year and I must be a bit sado-machistic because I signed myself up again this year!!!! I don't know how they did it but I'm sure they made the hills steeper! That being said once I got the first six miles licked I found my mojo and I managed to beat my time from last year by two mins!
There is no denying that the course is challenging in places, but what goes up must go down so there were some compensations. The scenery was beautiful - I wish I was wealthy enough to own one of the many chocolate box cottages that I passed.
The organisation was fab and the course was very well marshalled - MANY THANKS! Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Great team and organisation In full: It rained and poured but everyone was smiling. I always like Nice Work races because they're all so different and the medals are always a surprise. This medal was great you guys. Awesome race! Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Has given me back my mojo In full: I really enjoyed my 1st time at this event. I knew would be hilly so was prepared. The marshalls were so friendly and cheerful, as we're the locals, cheering us on as we ran past their houses, including a very welcome refreshing hose!! Smooth organisation, friendly and scenic. I fell in love with this course and look forward to repeating next year. Many thanks organisers and marshalls. Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Pretty and friendly local race In full: Beautiful weather on the day and a friendly race village in a pretty village for a good cause. I think it's fair to say the course is undulating, but through very pretty countryside. A thoroughly enjoyable Sunday morning and I would have run this again this year, had I not have committed to the Copenhagen Half. Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Fantastic In full: Loved it... Rubber chickens supportive nutty runners enthusiastic helpers great course and cider what more can you ask for from a race brilliant Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: A great race for those who like a challenge! In full: A great race for those who like a challenge! The race begins at Woldingham school and meanders out into the countryside. From here, it's a rollercoaster of ups and downs on the trails that surround Woldingham, complete with some stunning views. Not a race for those who enjoy a big crowd of supporters…you will be alone for most of the race! Thanks to the marshals and everyone else who gave up their Sundays to make the event run so smoothly. It’s in the calendar for 2017. Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Frolic'ing in Dorset In full: What a great weekend. Done a couple of 24 hours as a big team of 8. Myself & Mrs Lemmy pair'd up for this 12 hour relay... Had 50 miles in mind between us and crack'd it. 32 for me, 20 for Caroline. The WSR boys know what makes a great race and the love station at mile 2.5 on the 4 mile loop meant you could top up (sweets, cake, savouries, coke, squash, water, beer, cider) every so often. On my last lap managed 5 plastic cups of beer for a pint! Cheers. Now planning next years romps from Romford to Dorset based on what WSR have in store for us... Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: A low key and most enjoyable event. In full: I did the full and entered just over a week before the date as wanted a nice little trek around the NDW. I hadn't looked at the route but knew there would be some hills and BOY there were some hills and as it was a two lapper for the marathon distance they had to be done twice !! The venue was just gorgeous, the route was very challenging but so worth it and yet again when I drive along the M25 I will look over at Oxted Hill and grimace...but in a good way...sort of. A few folk went off route and am not too sure how as I found it all very easy to navigate and it was well marked, you just had to keep your wits about you and check for the tape in the trees, but having been warned to do so...that's exactly what I did. On the second lap I was pretty much by myself and with lots of twists and turns you did lose sight of the other runners. Lovely helpers at the two water/fuel stations. One big old out and back allowed us all to encourage one another which is always great. I did carry my own hydration vest just in case as knew only two stations. Nice 'old fashioned' medal and free T shirt to shoehorn into my running clothing drawer ! It was a tough route but I will most deffo be returning next year. Thank you Gareth and Co. :-) Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: EPIC! Great scenery & atmosphere In full: This was my first WSR event and my first attempt at one of these 'as many laps as you can do in 12 hours' events. I follow WSR on Facebook, so I had high hopes. I was not disappointed! I was running solo. The support from the other runners was amazing. The atmosphere was incredible - there was a bar at the start/finish/chicken changeover area, and they were playing music which gave me a boost each lap. People who were running in teams, and people who had done their bit for the day, were hanging out there & supporting the runners who were continuing. As someone else has said, having teams taking part meant that there were always relatively fresh legs on the course, which gave me as a solo runner a boost. I got lots of support from other runners on the way round. A proper family event - there were plenty of children and dogs around. The lovestation was amazing. So much food & drink! & the guys manning it were incredible. Scenery was gorgeous - it is Dorset after all! It only lost a point on 'beginner friendliness' because the hills are quite challenging. The medal! OMG the medal is HUGE! I love it! Overall, a great fun event. DO IT! But only if you don't take yourself or the event too seriously! Thank you to Andy & the WSR team for a great event. Hopefully I'll see you again soon! Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: One heck of a challenge In full: This is an excellent race that I would definitely recommend. It has an appropriate amount of entries, is well organised and the marshals are terrific, cheering everyone on as you pass. It is extremely hilly and you're an absolute hero if you do a pb on it but the challenge of getting round is fantastic. I'll be back next year and if you haven't run it before, give it a shot in 2017, you won't regret it! Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Fab race In full: Amazing views of Knole park, very friendly marshals, great organisation. Kelly Holmes handing out the medals was a very nice touch. It is a challenging race with tough hills, but because of the challenges it makes crossing the finishing line really worthwhile. I am still buzzing. I would recommend this race Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Another White Star Special In full: So first time running a 12 hour for WSR, and indeed my own first experience of going beyond marathon distance. As ever lots of attention to the runners in advance of the event, and on the day.
A reasonably tough route, with a steep climb just less than one km into the circuit. That climb made the later circuits very hard work, as knowing it was coming just after each break opportunity dug deep into the reserves of willpower.
For Solo runners the team event meant fresher runners on the move the whole way round, each very supportive of those of us flogging out the miles on our own. As ever with WSR events other runners were friendly and chatty.
Well stocked aid station about 4k into the circuit with the team remaining engaged even after the near ten hours I was on the course.
Great fun, and really looking forward to next years, with the promise of more 12 hour events next season.
In short: Friendly, scenic and fun, with amazing bling and a rubber chicken! In full: The 6k loop had two challenging climbs, which meant some great views. People of hugely varying paces took part, many in great farmyard inspired costumes. The "Love Station" provided the usual water and squash, but also cider, beer and other alcoholic drinks, pretzels, fresh fruit, jelly beans cakes and more, served by friendly and encouraging people. Fot those that like medals, this one is amazing, Date of review: August 29, 2016