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
In short: Tanks for the memories In full: My first White Star race, and hopefully not the last. Very well organised with great atmosphere at all the aid stations.
The race was very challenging, on various different surfaces including a few pond-sized puddles, but I knew that would be the case in advance. It was still enjoyable, and the medal was awesome. I probably won't do it again because I want to run as many different marathons as possible, but I'd recommend this race to anyone who wants a challenge. Date of review: December 12, 2016
In short: Great marathon from WSR In full: Loved this race but won't do it again. It was good to experience and an unusual setting but some parts of the course were a little soul destroying. A definite must for all runners. But a one off for me Date of review: December 12, 2016
In short: Best race of 2016 - fun, challenging and friendly In full: I've done a few WSR races but this has been my favourite so far.
The course was both beautiful and fun - tank training track (think mud, puddles, steep ridges) but with gorgeous Dorset countryside all around. The usual Lovestations served up drinks, food, sweeties and cakes, and the mulled wine was a brilliant seasonal addition. Race organisation was good with well organised parking, clear signage, and plenty of loos. As always, the race was friendly and welcoming for runners of all abilities, with a generous cut-off, supportive marshals, great atmosphere - if you start this race on your own you will finish it with a gang of new friends! Epic bling and beer in the goody bag, what more could you want? Date of review: December 12, 2016
In short: Simple, straightforward and spot-on In full: My first 10k in this series....beats endless training laps of Richmond Park. Quick to start, quick to get away at the end, well organised (though km markers may be a bit askew). Great fun overall Date of review: December 12, 2016
In short: Best Way To End The Years Racing In full: Fantastic fun event as always. Great organisation and support. Stunning route. Great costumes. Super goody bag - who can complain at getting tea cakes!! :-) Love this race. Just odd running in dry weather this year. Date of review: December 12, 2016
In short: Tanks, mud and icy water fun, what's not to love ? In full: I love love loved this race ?? the tank museum is a wonderful venue with something for the whole family to enjoy. The course was awesome such fun to run on with a little bit for everyone, mud, sand, streams, the ups and downs of the tank training ground, hidden tanks on route, soft pine leaves beds to run through and some great views of the training ground. The lovestation had the usual array of naughty drinks and treats manned by enthusiastic volunteers, loads of the runners dressed up and everyone fully embraced the fun atmosphere ..... the half wasn't hilly like many of the WSR but it wasn't easy either as the mud at times was zapping energy, my garmin registered just under 500ft of climb. To finish running towards two tanks, to been given awesome healthy tanked blink and a fab goody bag was the icing on the cake, this years goody bag included a bottle of "piddle"
WSR are so non pressured, the parking was easy and ample, lots of toilets.
If this becomes an annual race, sign up quick as it will sell out ! The organisers pulled something special out of the bag regardless of all the red tape being military ground and should be commended, I did one salute them !
In short: Good for the soul In full: As always WSR have put on another brilliant event. Easy to get to, plenty parking and loos. Nearly everyone had dressed up and it was a great atmosphere. The route was spectacular and we'll signposted considering the restrictions they had. No pressure to race if you didn't want to. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely do it again. The medal is amazing. Date of review: December 12, 2016