In short: Excellent race. Very friendly and so much fun In full: From the rolling out of the 2 tanks, friendly greeting at the Lovestation, great organisation of the race to the pleasant goody bag. what more would you want. Lovely route throughout. Some hills to tackle but nothing too testing. Any mud or sticky sand that you might gather on your lower legs can soon be washed away going through the many water parts. Not too deep so only your legs will be wet. Its certainly a race i would run again and recommend.The medal is something out of this world Date of review: December 14, 2016
In short: hardest race ever but best race ever - cant wait for next year In full: No-one could prepare you for the terrain no matter how much you gemmed up pre-race, but despite that - the best race i've ever done, well organised, well attended, fabulous scenery, love stations are the best ever - Generally amazing all round - Thank you WSR Date of review: December 14, 2016
In short: Mud, sand, water, tanks, scenery, cake and awesome medal!!! In full: This was my 3rd WSR event and my half marathon. Absolutely loved it, undulating course through woods, mud tracks and sandy tank training grounds in usually restricted area, an absolute privilege to run. The information leading up to race race was thorough yet humorous, plenty of parking and toilets. Regular water aid stations and the infamous Love station offering cakes and cider plus other delights. If you love trail running I can't recommend this enough, I'm definitely signing up for it next year. Date of review: December 14, 2016
In short: WHITE STAR RUNNING REDEFINES 'BRILLIANT' In full: The team from White Star Running does it again! Just when you think they can't get any better, they somehow manage to find another cherry for the top! This time, it was having access to a restricted area, normally used by the army for tank training. A beautiful location and idyllic running terrain. Challenging underfoot in places, but not impossible. The occasional hill, but not brutally hilly. All the usual WSR loveliness, including an AMAZING medal and a fabulous location made this my favourite yet. If you're thinking about doing this one, don't think for too long, cos most of us willbe back again next year and it'll fill up fast! :)
In short: A good race, good course spoilt by what must be the worlds worst medal. In full: The race has traditionally given one of the more interesting momentoes. This year is much worse than almost any other race. Many runners left theirs in the clubhouse so they might recycle them next year. Lets hope not! Date of review: December 13, 2016
In short: If I you only do one Christmas race - make it this one! In full: I have taken part in this race for at least the last 10 years and it never fails to come up trumps for organisation and atmosphere. Only one moan - no free hot drink/mince pie for all runners as advertised.....this had become as much tradition as the Christmas Pudd in the goodie bag ??. That said - a fabulous race, lots of fancy dress, great atmosphere and always plenty of mud!! Date of review: December 13, 2016
In short: Great fun half In full: Found this great fun. My fourth white star race this year. My first half was the Invader and I did the Giants Head marathon. Also took part in the EastFarm Frolic as part ofa team. This is an extraordinary place to run. Varied and challenging terrain wet hilly muddy and jolly good fun to boot You must find the Lovestation. A unique watering hole. Serving Cider and mulled wine and lots of hugs and kisses we love you ladies. Can't wait to do it again My new favourite race Date of review: December 13, 2016
In short: What a very excellent race to finish the year with - a new favourite! In full: I originally signed up to do the half marathon at Bovington but changed to the full a couple of months prior to the race. The day before the race was utterly miserable weather and I was sorely regretting that decision but come race day the weather gods were kind to us and at 13 miles I realise that I would have felt very short changed had I been finishing then as I was having FAR too much fun to stop.
As is always true at a WSR race there was loads of pre race banter on FB which means that by the day you are about as excited as you can be and that excitement didn't really leave me all the way round.
There was a nice brief intro from Andy and we were soon off into the trees - the combination of mist and sun was a touch of organisational genius...
The route was fantastic, looking at it on a map it looks really wiggly and it was really wiggly but it never really felt like that when you were running. There was plenty of mud, a bit of bog and some very handily placed water crossings to clean you up again - none of these particularly arduous but just enough to add a bit of fun.
There were plenty of aid stations, even a few en route loos (sadly not when I needed one most!), santa's lap for a quick rest, monkeys, tanks and the infamous love station.
Apart from at the aid stations there were no other marshals on the course but these races aren't really like any others, you kind of feel like you're all looking out for each other and the support that you do get at the aid stations is just brilliant.
I'd recommend this race to anyone. It's not ever going to be a quick race but if you want a great day out then you can't go wrong here.
Well done WSR and all who help/run/support. Date of review: December 13, 2016
In short: A great little marathon. I loved it and will be back next year. In full: White star are fast becoming the best organisers of races anywhere. They have it in their minds that running is a hobby and should be done for fun. This was a great event and has left me buzzing for more. Date of review: December 13, 2016
In short: Great day, top organisers, fantastically friendly & happy staff & the best medal I've ever seen!! In full: I'd happily recommended to anyone, great to be in an event that still has the emphasis on fun as well as fitness. It must've been a really tough course to set up so thanks a million White Star!! Date of review: December 13, 2016
In short: The usual WSR quirkiness & all the ingredients for a great trail run. In full: Really enjoyed this one, the usual WSR quirkiness with lots of mud, water and good trails, just what i want from a trail marathon. As always the marshals and aid stations were great. Considering it was the first running of this event and the amount of planning and permissions etc that were needed I thought it was well organised. A really cool medal at the end and the bottle of Piddle ale was a nice touch. Really hope it wasn't too much of a nightmare to put on and it's run again next year, I will definitely be back Date of review: December 13, 2016
In short: A New Race that was just shouting out Come Enjoy! Oh Yes I enjoyed Start to Finish In full: This off road marathon had all that I look for in a Challenging but fun race, Starting in early morning mist creating an eerie spectacle with tanks showing through. With a great mix of gravel tracks, wide open sandy/mud flats, short sharp gravely hills and open gorse moorland mixed in with splash pools and river crossings mixed in what was there not to like :-) Date of review: December 12, 2016
In short: The perfect end to the year. In full: Another fantastic WSR event. Enjoyed every minute of running round the tank training ground. A few challenging hills. Lots of mud. Ice baths on route! If its on next year, I may even consider upgrading to the full. Date of review: December 12, 2016