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: Tough but beautiful - loved from start to finish In full: Another spectacular race from WSR and their band of (very) merry helpers. My second time doing Larmer 20, much preferred this years route. It was definitely harder but it was great to loose the road section and we got a bonus extra mile (uphill of course!!). The scenery really has to be seen to be believed and we were really lucky that the weather was so glorious. The race was really well signed, no danger of going the wrong way at any point at all even if some of the signs do make you swear at the organisers as you pass them! The Aid stations all have squash and water and the further into the race you get the more they have. Coke, sweets, savoury eggs, sausages, crisps....... until you get to the legendary LoveStation where you can partake in a tipple a little stronger if you so wish.
The great thing about these events are that whilst there are some seriously fast runners at the front of the field no-one takes it too seriously so there is always a really friendly atmosphere, those long hills give you plenty of opportunity to get to know your fellow runners! I almost forgot to mention the amazing medals! Definitely no expense spared on these weighty bits of proper race bling. I was proud to wear mine around the supermarket afterwards even if it did keep clanging on the trolley.....
My only recommendation would be to have a the number pick up divided out a bit more so that it moves a bit faster - that or combine it with the toilet queue so that you can kill two birds with one stone!! Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: Another beauty from White Star In full: Loved this race, only a tiny bit of road, nice springy trails, views across the harbour in a couple of places. I normally dislike races of more than one lap but this was so twisty that I don't think you'd get to 'know' it until you had quite a few laps under your belt. Best of all though was the atmosphere. As at all WSR event it's kept light hearted and there is always someone to give you a bit of encouragement when you're flagging. Can't end the review without mentioning the splendiforous medal, lovely buff, tasty cake and beer! Will be back for more of the same next year. Date of review: September 22, 2015
In short: My new most favourite race ever! In full: Ice, Mud, water, ice, water, mud, a few hills, alligators and more water! What an absolute blast this race is. It has a lovely laid back feel and feels very inclusive. The organisation was fantastic and the marshals were all lovely (despite the fact that they must actually have been freezing to death out there!)
I've never done a race like this before but it was brilliant fun (despite regretting going for the 15km option before the start) and I will definitely be doing it again AND going for 15km again.
Brilliant T-Shirt, already worn with pride. Would be nice to get a medal wherever you come (after all us slow coaches were cold and wet for longest!)
See you next year! Date of review: January 19, 2015
In short: Great race, scenic, well organised, lovely marshals In full: I wasn't in a race kind of mood but this was well organised, had lovely friendly marshals and very scenic route. The last couple of miles are a bit of a killer but the ice lolly at the end more than made up for those! Date of review: June 19, 2013
In short: Fantastic race, definitely made by the incredibly supportive marshalls In full: This is a great race and I would thoroughly recommend it to everyone.
Yesterday was unseasonably hot but there was still plent of (ice cold!) water, even right at the back of the field. Energy drinks AND jelly babies also available.
I tend to be at the back of any race and can often find that the marshalls are a bit bored by the time I get there but not at this race. I think that my finish time was almost definitely improved by the support and encouragement they gave out even when they'd been stood out there for several hours. Thank you!
My only minor gripe would be that the changing tents could do with something on the floor. Wet socks before the start of a race is not a good plan.
ooh, nearly forgot to say that the nice technical t-shirt was a bonus too! Date of review: March 12, 2012
In short: Great race, exceedingly well organised with very special touches! In full: I loved this race. We were given warning (by the town crier) that 3 guns would start the race. This didn't stop us all leaping 10 feet in the air when they did! A good steady race with a very uplifting band at the 7 mile mark and a sole fiddler to help you up the last hill! Gorgeous cakes at the end. Will definitely be back next year!
In short: What a beauty - my toughest race yet but all made worthwhile! In full: This race definitely has it all, the uphill stretches are made even tougher by the fact that a lot of them are on rough stony ground...followed by 'those' steps! Full marks to the marshall at the top of them, I had my head down and hearing that I'd nearly made it to the top made my day!!!! The first glimpse of Corfe on the way back is totally amazing and gives you the boost you need to finish in style! (oh yes style...did I mention all the stiles and how huge they seem from mile 10 - 12!!) Oh and I didn't see this advertised as an HM...everything I saw said 12-13 miles....
Will deffo be back next year! Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: My first ever half marathon and it was fantastic!!! Very tough hills but marshalled fantastically and loads of support along the way In full: This was a great race for me. I still have a warm fuzzy feeling now! It was my first half marathon and my legs definitely didn't feel like my own after the second long long looooong hilly section. There were loads of very well manned water and sponge stations along the way and the seafront finish is definitely a great boost exactly when you need it!
As for the momentos - they said at the prizegiving that were loads more entries on the day than they had ever had before and that they would get more momentos made and would post them out to people. They couldn't have been more apologetic. I'm not sure how they plan to work out who didn't have them but I'm sure an email to the race secretary would be all it would take for those that missed out.
I had a fantastic time and will back for more next year (if my thighs ever stop aching......) Date of review: July 19, 2010