In short: My first race and I'm hooked! In full: I have never run or raced before and enjoyed this so much. The atmosphere was amazing, the organisers were really friendly and helpful, and it all went incredibly smoothly. Very civilised to be offered mulled wine and mince pies at the end as well. I'm definitely signing up for next year, maybe even the 10k. Date of review: December 20, 2016
In short: Small, friendly well organised race - would do again In full: Small, friendly well organised race. I only did the 10k but kudos to all who did the longer distances. Date of review: December 19, 2016
In short: Glorious! In full: Fantastic start to the festive season. Loved the route previous was lovely but this was great, woods, hills, the smell of bonfire. Brilliantly organised especially as the venue was relocated twice Date of review: December 19, 2016
In short: Happy Christmas!! In full: I believe this was cycloparks first Santa Dash. There was a very good turnout with runners in Christmas outfits. Well organised with free reindeer antlers ! Unfortunately these fell off about 1k in ! However the thought was there. Maybe a suggestion for Santa hats next year. All very friendly. Will recommend to running pals for next Christmas ????? Date of review: December 18, 2016
In short: Great race awful organisers In full: Having been given the wrong tshirt at the end of my first ever marathon I have tried repeatedly to get in touch with the organiser to see if that can be changed to no avail. As a local to the race it leaves a bad taste in the mouth when people are just rude! Date of review: December 18, 2016
In short: When do entries open for next year?! In full: I've entered the MST series of three trail runs this year, and this was the 2nd race after the Mapledurham Ten a couple of weeks ago. The course is a fair amount easier but absolutely stunning, with an incredible mixture squeezed into a 5k lap. It felt like you were running around a private estate. The whole thing was easy - car parking 100m from registration, all very slick and a new experience for me at a race....LOADS of toilets!! Lovely changing rooms with showers. All good by me.
Great medal, a dash of mulled wine and a cheeky massage afterwards. The perfect end to any race.
Looking forward to the Gut Buster next!The MST team are really friendly and have a knack of getting it all just right. Date of review: December 18, 2016
In short: Great medal! In full: What a great event in the run up to Christmas. There was something for everyone today- 10K, 5k and 1mile Fun Run. Race HQ was very smart and the college grounds looked manicured and magnificent. The medals with bottle opener are brilliant and the teddy bears given to those doing the Fun Run were a really nice additional gift from the charity. Always lovely to see Runners Retreat and the hot food & drinks and massage tables made for a nice atmosphere at the end. Smiles from everyone today made this a feel good event. Thank you, MST.
In short: Fun, Fast, Friendly In full: Probably the easiest My Sporting Times event, its a great fun trail race, which caters for all abilities - its a good course for a trail PB, but because there is a 5km fun run at the same time, its also great for beginners or those wanting to try trail running.
Its pretty flat, but there are some fun technical sections to test you.
As with all MST events, it is friendly, fun and very well run. Date of review: December 18, 2016
In short: Great Race - As usual great organisation by Nice Work In full: Really enjoyable race, well organised with nice touches like a Christmas Tree decoration medal (nice at last to get a medal u can do something with!) mulled wine and mice pies at the end. Nice Work continue to show all the rest how to organise an event. Date of review: December 18, 2016
In short: Glorious! Tanks, mud, mulled wine at the feed stations, Santa and epic bling!! In full: Quite possibly the most fun you can have on a Sunday morning! The camaraderie at these races is second to none. The medal was epic. The courses was beautiful and challenging (mud and puddles!!). Pre-race info was spot on, and the organisation was great. The feed stations were amazing - mulled wine, crisps, cake (vegan and gluten free - they think of everything!!), and water for the puritans. I adore these races, and the Bovington half is a superb addition to the White Star Running calendar. Same time next year!! Date of review: December 15, 2016
In short: Excellent race In full: Well organised festive run around beautiful Tatton Park. Brilliant encouraging marshalls. Muddy in places. Loved the brass band at the end. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: December 15, 2016
In short: Outstanding race - loved it In full: WSR work exceptionally hard to bring together great running events and this one was right out of the "top-drawer". On a cold December morning you can run a trail race through rivers, up and down hills and through tank tracks. Who wouldn't want to do that??? Great atmosphere, great bling, great organisation. Already pencilled into the diary for 2017... Date of review: December 15, 2016
In short: decent run if you live locally In full: Good: -well organized start area -enthusiastic group warm up and marshalling -nice T shirt Bad: -my GPS tagged it as about 300m short (all kms were almost bang on except km 6 which came in at about 700m) - The first and last part of the race is on grass which pretty much wipes out any PB potential -poor turnout (they said only about 30% of entrants turned up, even though the weather wasn't particularly awful for a December morning) - for a riverside run it's not particularly scenic - much of the route is on pavements around Putney/Fulham Date of review: December 15, 2016
In short: possibly turned out to be the best wsr race of the year In full: Ive been present at nearly all WSR events this year and wasnt convinced that this could top the likes of Giants Head or The Invader, but by 'eck they did it again. ANyone thinking this was going to be grim and a trudge through tank tracks was mistaken as we had a varied run through woodland, gravel tracks, up and down hills and were treated to some lovely views. Yes there was mud, but there were also amazing tanks, medals and cameraderie. Some people had gone critical with the dressing up in camo, and just wanted a fun day out like myself, but those that wanted a serious race were also able to get one. Thats the thing about WSR races, you can run them seriously, or you can embrace the squeaky rubber chicken (inside joke) - they cater for all. Definitely one for next year! Date of review: December 14, 2016
In short: Not so much a race as a fancy dress party that happens to require some trail running around a restricted military training ground In full: Not so brief review
White Star Running (WSR) pulled a blinder with this race, wrangling permission to hold an event on an actual tank training ground! Bovington Tank Museum hosted hundreds of runners acting as guinea pigs for the first running of the WSR's new end of season race in this unique location. A mix of hard packed woodland trail, sharp short inclines, calf deep water crossings, sand, mud and Cranborne Chase Cider! There is too much to mention for the brief race report but suffice to say if you've got a love for gettin' off road then you will not be disappointed. WSR put on great events, whether you are a whippet chasing a fast time or new to running dipping your toe into the icy pools of trail runnxing you'll feel perfectly at home on this event.
Prior to this race all entrants were warned that they were guinea pigs for White Star Running (WSR) at their first attempt at organising a logistical nightmare of a race. With multiple land agencies to deal with, restricted access and limitations on route recce times it's a wonder that this race even got off the ground! However in true WSR style the race sold out early and the pre-race banter in the WSR FaceBook group went into hyper drive! Race week, and the WSR email and FB update became progressively more tongue in cheek. Amongst the serious instructions (Don’t touch anything shiny on the route, it might kill you) were also the more light hearted (route updates incl’ photos of the WSR 4x4 bumper deep in brown water with the caption "Damp"). Route conditions got a tad more sketchy in the days preceding the race when Dorset was blessed with a downpour. Race day, arriving at Bovington Tank Museum entrance and we were treated to our first glimpse of tanks! Turret's shrouded in mist akin to some eerie movie set. The chill in the air didn’t dampen the warmth being generated by the electric atmosphere. Fancy dress was the order of the day, adding to the party spirit! father Christmas, elves and cammo were all in abundance. some more specialist outfits included some guy dressed in full sniper ghillie! Race numbers had been sent out previously so there was no registration involved, just rock up, grab a coffee or some last minute race nutrition from xmiles mobile store (http://xmiles.co.uk). 09:30am and we were off. Round the back of the museum and out on the trails. This was end of season social for me, a few mates and plodding round the countryside celebrating my 40th birthday. As such, we situated ourselves smack bang amongst the party. Conversational running pace, laughs, splashing and general high jinks. A few miles in, conversation subsided and down to the business of grinding out the miles. Onto the woodland trails, keeping an eye out for the camouflaged tanks, the sun began breaking through the mist. This gave a hint to the unexpected warm day ahead of us and making for some fantastic photos. More trail, mud, some short sharp climbs before we popped out on the tank training ground proper. Wide wet sandy trails, sitting high above the Dorset countryside, making for great views of the misty landscape below. before we knew it we had looped around and were heading back towards home. Just one WSR tradition before pushing on for the last few miles, The hallowed Lovestation. A drinks station on steroids! Mulled wine, Cranborne Chase Cider, vodka and if that didn’t float your boat, Water. Feeling peckish? Then time to chow down on homemade cakes (Gluten Free and Vegan too) alongside the usual fayre of Haribo, cocktail sausages and other nibbles. The volunteers had obviously worked tirelessly to produce a stunning array of cake and drink to cheer up the weary runners. After loitering around the Lovestation for several minutes, drinking one too many ciders, it was time to crack on. Pushing on for the last few miles, double backing on our outbound route, the finish was soon in sight. Across the line and one of the biggest, heaviest, most detailed medals by WSR to date was hung around our necks. A goodie bag stocked with a bottle of local ale, Piddle Brewery, and some Dorset Christmas flap jack! yum! This was a fantastic run, in a very unique location. Not excessively hilly suggesting fast times would be possible if you so desired. As with all WSR races an abundance of friendly supportive marshals. If this race is back next year then I for one will be chalking this on my race calendar and signing up early as sell out is guaranteed. Date of review: December 14, 2016
In short: Awesome first trail half marathon for me, brilliant atmosphere, great people, great fun!! Fab bling and great organisation. In full: I had never run in an organised trail run before and this was a big step up for me as I wasn't planning on running a half till March 17, however a place became available and I was lucky to be able to accept it with no fuss or bother from the race organisers who were extremely helpful from the word go!! This was my first ever White Star Event and it certainly won't be my last, I've found a group of people who do not take themselves too seriously and who include everyone from beginner to experienced runner. From the pre event banter in the facebook group to the absolutely wonderful volunteers you are assured of a warm welcome and a lot of fun, for me this is what running is about, making it your run, your way, so you can have plenty of pitstops for selfies, giggles, drinks and CAKE at the love stations or just focus on the finish....it's your run.. I ran with a group of friends who had been to WS events before and we had a ball, I really can say hand on heart it was the best run experience I have ever had and I have already planned my next White Star Event...when will you book yours? Date of review: December 14, 2016