In short: lucky and honored to be at this 1st ever run of GHM- what a splndid time we had ! In full: I'd never run a 'hill' type race.The village of Sydling made us all so very welcome. The race was over beautiful energy sapping hills/trails, challenging but great fun and as there is no hope of a PB great relaxed atmosphere !! AND CIDER !! Date of review: July 19, 2014
In short: marvelous time had by all thanks to Andy and his team and villagers ! Brilliant !! In full: Lets be honest from the start. This event and 10k which runs at same time, is the best fun, friendship, and grit finding time you can have. I'm a newish runner in my 50's and it is tough, hilly, but you forget that running in such beauty. Date of review: July 19, 2014
In short: THAT'S the way to do it! In full: If I wanted to organising my own marathon I sit down and spend ages thinking about what would make it great. I'd speak to lot's of my friends and be willing to spend an extraordinary amount of time making sure every tiny detail was perfect.
Then I'd tear up all my plans and give the guys at White Star Running a call so they could do the job properly!
The Giants Head Marathon was one of those events where pretty much everything significantly exceeded my best expectations.
It's not just a race organised by runners that clearly love running but one organised by runners that particularly love to have fun whilst running!
The post race barn dance/beerfest was a revelation, instead of sharing a few miles with someone never to see them again, it provided the perfect opportunity to catch up and consolidate the sense of camaraderie.
I've no doubt that this (and other WSR events) will feature as highlights on my race calendar for many years to come.
In short: Most fun we have had in a race. In full: My first trail marathon. Simply the best organised race I have ever done, great communication from organisers, lots of pre race build up. Camping was laid on but we drove down on the day, we will camp next year as it looked great fun. Races started by a Lady in tweed with a shotgun. First hill was within half a mile after that a relentless series of climbs. The scenery is absolutely stunning. Water stations were fantastic including a cider station. The downhill finish onto the village green was a lovely touch, the whole village and all the runners stayed to cheer us in. Good food post race and an icecream Nice technical shirt and a super medal. A race every runner should do at least once. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Perfect: very challenging fun and friendly run - EPIC In full: This run was genuinely EPIC. Amazing atmosphere, awesome food, stunning village that made it hard to leave, friendly faces. I thought it was going to be really intense and hard but this is actually a great marathon to do if you are a chilled out runner as the course is so difficult I didn't feel the need to blast my way round. I had the time to really enjoy the scenery and ambience as well as eating my way through the amazing food stops :) I am still recovering - which really does show how tough this race is but so worth it for the memories of achieving something truly epic. I would also have thought a great marathon to do if you are thinking of stepping up to an ultra but not quite sure you could handle it! This marathon would make you much more confident with your abilties as a runner. THANK YOU SO MUCH and we will be back again next year!! Holly :-) Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Bloody loved it - event of the year! In full: This is how races should be. White Star clearly have insight into the deepest, darkest desires of runners, and they've catered for all of them. The organisation is slick, the water/aid stations are stocked with everything you could need (watermelon and vodka!!), the route is spectacular (complete with a return appearance from the naked farmer in a bath!), race photos are free, and the bling is the best you'll find outside the Tower of London. I had two nights in the Athlete's Village (£5 for both nights) which was just a few minutes walk from the start/finish lines. Dinner on Friday night was courtesy of the local WI, and post-race there was hog roast and barbecue, loads of cakes (including gluten free!!), the biggest ice creams I've ever seen, chilli from WI ladies, and an amazing barn dance. The course is a bit bumpy, but the downhill to the finish line is fantastic. The closest I’ll ever get to a 4 minute mile! Can’t wait until next year – my favourite event in the race calendar. Date of review: July 7, 2014
In short: Fantastic event with buckets of local charm. In full: From the start line shotgun blast from the good lady farmer, to the deli style aid stations and the head size ice creams at the finish, every part along the way of this race was a challenge but glorious and kept me smiling. The atmosphere from the other participants and the organisers was awesome and the locals were truly welcoming having baked cakes and bought jelly babies for us. The medal, shirt and pint glass were all top notch. Tonnes of free photos was the icing in the rather large cake! Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: I'll Be Back! In full: What a weekend.Value, food, goody bags, the race itself was blimmin' tough and the Barn Dance sorted out the lions from the lambs. I even got to doe-si-do with the Running Bishop! Seriously though, this will soon become an early sell-out race, Get IN!
In full: A fabulous race well organised and set up by runner's for runner's. The local's get on board and open up there village both before duing and after with a post race barn dance and bar. The ladies from the local WI provide the food, the local farmer's provide the support and the odd naked farmer waving hello and cakes, gel's and cider at the love station at 20 miles as well as vodka at 8 miles. This is a race that's special for all the right reason's and is going to grow into a must do race of anyone's bucket list. If your a newbie or not used to trail or hilly running it's going to be tough going but well worth it. Date of review: July 3, 2014