In short: Fabulous race, great scenery, extremely well marshalled In full: Can't praise this race too highly. I loved it (and of course hated it in the right way too) when I was fitter and faster and equally now that I am drifting to the middle of the pack. Fantastic marshalling- you would have to try so hard to get lost or to fail to be encouraged. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: The best trail marathon in the UK In full: Have done this 3 times now and it just gets better. Run by runners for runners(with help from the villagers), WSR organise a brilliant event. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Loved the celebrity starter! In full: Brilliant start by Matt Miller he was really loud, enthusiastic and led us through a lovely warm up stretching session. Shame the race director was so quiet by comparison - no-one could hear her (perhaps a hand-held tannoy next year?). Boiling hot day destroyed the chance of a PB for me, but there was lots of water and finish line goodies. Measured a tad long according to Strava for me and others. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Super 10k race In full: Very well organised. The first half is undulating, with more ups than downs. Once you are over this then its downhill/flat all the way back. A good chance to make up for any lost time. Its mostly a rural run along quiet roads, and a stretch along a well constructed trail path.
Good t-shirt, free and easy parking and a very supporting group of marshals.
In short: give this race full respect In full: I live in a flat part of the country, we don,t have many hills that are in this race. Its important to get your pacing right here, this is not your average half, get it wrong & the wheels come off badly. Knew about 'the' hill, so no problem, its the many other small inclines and declines that upset your rhythm and rip your legs up. Get a strategy, slow up, and relax and faster descenting will see you get a decent time. If you fancy something a bit different, do this race, its hard ,but not horrifically so....well marshalled, take a gel (or 2) for the final 10/20 mins as only water at drinks stations. Weather helped, only 20 degrees today with light showers, definitely different proposition in hot weather, real war of attrition then. Memorable. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Another great event by White Star Running through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside In full: I ran the Ox Marathon in 2014 so this year, in order to obtain the rather excellent medal picturing the Ox with the turned-down horns, I threw caution to the wind & registered for the Ox Ultramarathon, at least 35 miles; if not nearer to 37. Conditions were very good this year, sunny for the first half of the race & dry underfoot; unlike last year where the going was much slower, lots of mud & big puddles … none of that this time, as we ran through glorious woodland for the first ten miles, carpeted with strong-smelling wild garlic and even the bluebells were still in flower. The Shaftesbury Drove was almost completely dry! The route is an anticlockwise loop to the east of the magnificent Rushmore Estate, with an extra inner loop near Broadchalke and gets as far as Bishopstone before heading west and homeward bound. The route overall is not too hilly; a few big climbs, but these make for some great descents which really make up for the hills. One of these was turning off the Shaftesbury Drove and running down to Berwick St John after which was the steepest climb of the day, the very beautiful wooded footpath up to the top of Winklebury Hill, deeply cut and full of wild garlic. Shortly after this, I at last reached the Lovestation and was informed by manager, Karen, that there might be “a small undulation” before getting to the finish which was now only three miles away. I took this comment with a very large pinch of salt and good job I did, as after, shall we say, an interesting descent into the Rotherley Valley on legs which were starting to distinctly feel like gateposts (by now I had run three miles further than I ever had before) there it was in front of me, that grassy wall of a hill which I had encountered twice before (both WSR events) resplendent with marshal standing at the top! My shriek of “You have got to be ****** joking!!!” reverberated several times around the quiet valley, and as most of the local birdlife launched themselves, as one, into the air in fright after my shrieking, I carefully inched my way up the hill on increasingly rickety legs. After seven hours & forty-two minutes of running and run/walking 37 miles I at last reached the finish line to receive a great t-shirt in a glorious shade of brilliant tangerine and the coveted Ox with the turned-down horns medal, was mine! Yet another superb event by White Star Running; huge thanks to the organisers and all the volunteers. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Nothing special but a good run In full: Not the fastest course - 1 medium hill into the wind was nothing to panic about but enough to worsen already tiring legs. Only real complaint though is the car parking - 100s of cars crammed into 1 multistorey car park! waiting a good 45mins to get out. To few toliets - need some portaloos. Apart from these issues, a decent race Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: WHITE STAR RUNNING DOES IT AGAIN In full: The Team at WSR just goes from strength to strength. Not just a brilliantly organised run, but beautiful scenery and lovely quirky touches ( naked farme in bath/lady farmer setting off the race with a hunting horn) Well stocked aid and water stations, marshalls at road crossings, on course first aid ( medics in land rovers) super friendly volunteers and just smiles all round. At the end there's free massages, an ice cream van selling ice creams the size of Dorset, burger stall. Then, when you think it's all over, along come the amazing villagers, with mountains of chili and rice and then crumble for pudding. For such a small cost it isn;t even worth mentioning! After you have run the marathon, stuffed youself with delicious food, you then have a barn dance...... It isn;t just a run, it is a community event, the farmer who gives his field over to parking/camping also serves beer at the bar! One of the toughest runs you'll do - but also one of ( if not) the best! If Carlsberg made marathons......
In short: WSR thank-you for yet another top notch race. In full: Ran the 10k last year and loved it so stepped up to the marathon this year. Very challenging race with hill, after hill but then so rewarding. On the accents I walked and got chatting to loads of great people. It was so friendly. The marshals are the best and the aid stations were well stocked and had anything you could want. water melon was just geneous. After finishing we chilled out on the green, ate a massive ice cream and cheered fellow runners in. WSR don't change anything as you have this race perfect. Thank you very much.. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: One of the best organised and most fun races I've ever done. In full: Great race, great atmosphere and a real "festival feel" to it. All the runners were really friendly before, during and after the race. Impeccably organised and everyone had a smile on their face despite the tough course. Definitely one to do again. My only issue was that the cider wasn't ready at the love station when I got there.
Best race of the year so far. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Excellent race again this year In full: I do love this race. Some say it isn't that fast; it's not as fast as some, but it's pretty fast. Always a great tech t-shirt and a reasonable goody-bag for the price (Mars bar, cereal bar, lucozade). And spot prizes - I got one of them!! Friendly marshals and locals (especially the ones making music in the first mile). Usually very hot, but today it wasn't! I did bump into a low post at 5k, which hurt a little…some sharp little twists etc. But overall, a great race. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: fantastic race in beautiful sceneryand a feelgood atmosphere - race of the year material In full: This is not just a great race but a great weekend for both runners and spectators. The scenery is memorable (and so are the hills),the friendly atmosphere means everyone feels supported and the organisation is faultless, including well-stocked aid stations - I didn't know the real purpose of water melon until I tried some after running most of the way round a marathon.And to cap it all, the race was won by a clubmate from Maiden Newton Runners, Paul Rose. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Challenging but brilliant event, excellently organised. In full: An event centred around the village of Sydling St Nicholas. Hilly with fantastic views. Great tech t-shirt and solid finishers medal. The organisation was excellent with great camping, toilets, showers, free massage, locally cooked food, bar with local beer, hog roast, barn dancing, even a naked farmer in a bathtub! Oh and the ice-creams were legendary. Fantastic value for money. Can't wait for 2016. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Glorious scenery, challenging hills, lovely atmosphere. In full: My favourite race of the year so far. Scenery was breathtaking, hills were hard, but with enough flat sections in-between to recover. Last very steep downhill section was slightly scarey with rough track, but I had fun flying down it all the same. Highly recommend - will be back again next year! Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: A tough must do trail race...spectacular, In full: Great race, hilly, great views, technical trails.....a superb day! There was a horse starting the race, a naked farmer and even a marriage proposal during the race brief. Very friendly atmosphere, fantastic marshals and well organised. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Brilliant race, challenging hills, great support, great marshalling - a definite must do. In full: I'm a local, but the scenery at the top of the gruesome hills was definitely worth it. Such a great atmosphere, the organisation was great, the marshals / water / aid stations were brilliant. All levels of runners, no elitism at all. The hills were relentless, but if you're not hoping for a PB its a good excuse for a walk and a chat with your fellow runners. Andy and the White Star team pulled another great race out the bag. Basically, put this one on your 2016 list. Date of review: June 28, 2015
In short: Another fab event from WSR In full: Another excellent race from WSR. If you want fantastic views, great organisation, lovely atmosphere, a medal which is the size and weight of a small family car, t-shirts brighter than the sun and ice creams bigger than a 3 course meal then this is the race for u... Date of review: June 28, 2015