In short: Epic race In full: White Star running are nuts ! Went out of their way to make not only the marathon but the whole weekend the most hilarious & enjoyable experience. Very tough course , trails , fields, woods, few hills , cows, butterflies, Romans. Race was started by a Roman on horseback! Aid stations superb, fruit , cake, cider , marshals dressed in togas ! Friendly fellow runners. Amazing medal & goody bag with scrummy jam , food & their own commemorative muff ( buff ) Best post race massage I've ever had ( £5 ) BBQ , more cake , even camped before & after which adds a whole new dimension to running a marathon ! Food , bar , disco , Roman bath ! My first of many White Star events I think !!! Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Hills , hills & more hills !! In full: Fantastic run !! Very tough , relentless hills ,But incredible views ! Lots of water & jellie babies . I would have liked more mile markers as I easily lose track ! Plenty of support from all the walkers up in the Downs ! Beware the crazy mountain bikers !! The weather was a lovely surprise & caused sunburn !! Hope to be back to run again next year ! Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: Incredible experience ! In full: My first marathon , loved it , feel very lucky , I gotta pacing right , crowds carried me , missed a few mile markers , plenty of water & gel stations . Perfect weather . Enjoyed the speakers at the Expo ! Could have done without the bottle necks to get away from the finish ! Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: GREAT FUN AND BUCKETS OF MUD !!! In full: Wonderful race , well organised ,not too many runners ,friendly fellow runners , tons of mud and puddles , sunshine ,all off road, nice medal,and i won a bottle of wine as a spot prize !!! ( Just what i needed after the hideous British 10km last week ) Date of review: July 15, 2012
In short: Mud Fest ..... cold , rain, hills, more hills , totally BRILLIANT !!! In full: My first off road half marathon .I was ready for a challenge and boy did this race deliver !! I took it easy ,and enjoyed some of the best ever support from fellow runners . The route was stunning,as a local i'm used to running on the Down's but i've never run so far and never seen so much mud !! It was well organised , fantastic water stations ,encouraging marshalls who braved horrendous conditions. The last 2 miles i could have done with some poles as i more or less slid back down the hill !! Loved it and i'm definately doing more off road running !!
In short: Perfect conditions , had a great race !! In full: Really enjoyed the race , warm up was hard to follow as couldn't see . Pushed myself hard , split times were quicker than my training runs so couldn't understand my time ! Now I do !! Loved the medal , didn't need another tshirt or bag of rubbish !! Cones a pain, start and finish too crowded , loved that I beat Katie price ! !! Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Very special race In full: My 5th time , definately best !! High fived Mo Farah at start ,gave me such a buzz i ran my fastest first 5km ! Pb 2.17, crowds sensational as ever ,Red Arrows gave me goosebumps , nearly fell over when i saw Tammy Gray at the water station ! Hot and sunny , then torrential downnpour ! A day ingrained in my memory for ever ..... Date of review: September 20, 2011
In short: Started my race with a high five from Dec !!! In full: Still an incredible experience !! Love the buzz at the start , seemed more hills this year , hated the powerade with NO POWER agghhh ! The amazing crowds kept me going , roll on 2011 !! Date of review: September 29, 2010