In short: Mud, mud, puddles, mud, so much fun! In full: I've run a lot of WSR races now, so was really looking forward to this one in such a unique place. There was the usual White Star friendliness, humour and brilliant atmosphere as in all races, and the usual well thought about route (with the fairly common last minute changes to put in place!). As WS events go, this was one of the flatter ones, but still some 'good' ups and downs, and for a tank training ground the scenery was gorgeous in places. Wish I'd taken a camera! Beautiful weather after a day of rain made it very muddy in places - I must learn to love mud - but not the worst WS have thrown at us by a long shot. And puddles, but at least they washed the mud off the shoes. The only very minor downside compared to their other events, is a slightly stricter cut off due to light and temperature changes so much earlier in the day, but 7 and a half hours is still very generous. Will definitely be back, it's always great to see such happy marshals, standing out in the cold for hours doesn't dent their enthusiasm, and certainly one to think about if you're wanting to do a marathon (first or otherwise) with a bit of a difference Date of review: December 12, 2016
In short: One of the toughest, best things I've ever done In full: First year upgrading to the ultra, and I wasn't disappointed. I wasn't sure I would do it, but everyone from boss man to all the marshals believed in me and let me finish. Amazing atmosphere again that goes with any WSR event, and the usual offering of sadistic hills, but stunning views to make up for them, and lovely paths through fab scenery, when it's not been raining and turned into mile after mile of sticky mud and almost knee deep puddles. But hey, unleash your inner kid! Hard going at times, but you certainly earn your awesome bling. If you'e not sure about trail marathons, or ultras, then these guys are perfect for your first go. See you at the next one! Date of review: May 25, 2016
In short: 8 laps of brilliantness In full: You might think 8 5k ish laps would be boring, but with the many different terrains squeezed into the short distance, it kept the interest, and you got to see the wonderful marshals every lap too, and they certainly kept you going. Course was flat by WSR standards, but they still managed to fit in a couple of short minor inclines. Goody bags stuffed with stuff - cider, fudge, cake, crisps, muff, and fab bling. Looking forward to next year! Date of review: August 24, 2015
In short: Just an excuse for grown-ups to play dress up, with a bit of running thrown in In full: Hills, scenery, schnapps & cider at the Lovestation, and a couple of dozen Romans wandering through rural Dorset villages. What more could you want?
Usual outstanding offering from WSR, who have to be the friendliest, looniest bunch of race organisers around, but they certainly know how to put on a good event that covers all abilities from speedy peeps to plodders. Don't ever let fear of the hills put you off entering thinking you'll be too slow - the marshals will still greet you with a smile and do everything they can for you to keep you going, even if you're right at the back with the sweeper.
On site camping, very welcoming hosts from the farm base, great disco, fab food and awesome bling. A real sense of community. Date of review: July 20, 2015
In short: So much more than just a race! In full: Trademark WSR hills as awesome and demanding as ever. Fantastic marshals, a naked man in a bath, a snowman, horseflies, booze and loads of food! The finish on the village green, with people sitting around in groups eating enormous ice creams makes you hear the whack of leather on willow and imagine a quintessentially English summer village fete, followed by the organised chaos of runners mixing with the locals for a barn dance. WSR races are in a league of their own, and this one is at the top. Incredibly friendly and much fun had by everyone Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Usual brilliant WSR offerings - hills, scenery, Lovestation, fab marshals, awesome bling In full: There are usually lots of hills, but the views from the tops makes up for any difficult climbs. Marshals really make the race - all very friendly, and where else would you get the Lovestation with cider and hugs? Great community feel with the camping, great location and just a great all round event weekend.
If you've never had the White Star Running experience, you're seriously missing out on a gem, whichever race you choose Date of review: May 25, 2015
In short: Do it! In full: Another great offering from Andy and the team. All races need marshals as amazing as these! It was cold, and wet, and yet they were still as cheerful for us back markers after 7 hours in it. Loads of bacon in the butty at the end, really hit the spot. Shame the massage tables had long gone. No other race has the Love Station with cider, but tea would be fab too :). Plenty of hills and stunning scenery had the weather been better. Another great offering from WSR Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Great scenery,great route, great support, great cameraderie, great organisation. Just a great race In full: Fourth finish out of 4 races, and have entered for next year too. The views from the course never disappoints me, and though the hills don't get any smaller, it's still fun to meet them. Great atmosphere for the inexperienced runner too, and the public support is great when you run through the villages en-route. Keep up the good work guys! Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Very tough hills, but incedible views and awesome atmosphere more than make up for it In full: WSR really know how to hold an epic event. Fabulous course over lots of hills, but stunning scenery. Don't expect a pb, unless it's your first.
Very well organised - the bar was flowing and food served as soon as we'd put the tent up Friday evening; bar, bbq, ice cream, more food and barn dance post race. Lovely hot showers. The WI didn't mind me hijacking their tea urn plug so I could nuke my porridge either.
Quads are shot, back aches, shattered and covered in half a dozen itchy-as-hell lumps after being munched by something, but can't wait to do it again Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: Challenging hills, but great scenery at the top (when it's not foggy...). See you next year :) In full: A few very long or steep hills up, but what goes up does come down, even if it does kill the quads in the process. Excellently organised, great support from locals - especially those who deliberately sited themselves at the top of the hills - and great marshalls. Only one downside - would prefer an earlier start. Date of review: October 7, 2012