In short: Make a weekend of it, excellent fun In full: My first time doing the Giant's Head in the White Star series, and what a race it was. I love a good trail run and love a few hills, but i think i had altitude sickness at the top of a couple of those peaks (or maybe that was just delirium). However, had a cracking weekend camping in a cow field, stuffed my face in the world's biggest ice cream, had great bants with the awesome marshalls and aid station saviours (had some memorable guinness cake at mile 20 - think i dreamt about that last night). Tried to enjoy the views when i wasn't tripping over or getting eating by the vegetation, saw the Giant, loved the mega bling, and finished the night getting tipsy on cider and dancing phenomenally badly at the barn dance. All in all it was mega! Date of review: June 26, 2016
In short: Excellent all round In full: Great pre-race atmosphere with lots for supporters to get involved in. Well organised start. Good route, well marked, although a lot of road furniture to avoid, lots of lovely supporters the entire way round which made a pleasant change to lonely trail running. Awesome goody bag, personally thought the t-shirt design was the worst element, but really a minor point amongst everything else. Had a great day. Thanks to the organisers Date of review: May 13, 2016
In short: Had the best fun In full: First time out for the Dorset Invader races and think they went really well. Did the half marathon route and loved it. Not as ninja on the hills as some other White Star events, but loved the mix of proper wooded trails, fields, tracks, gates, styles, and easily the most trippy-overest, scratchy-est, bitey-est, overgrown 'footpaths' i've had the misfortune to try and run along - ever. However, this was half the fun and made for an interesting 13 miles. Marshalls were great as always, water and aid stations well stocked. The infamous Lovestation awash with goodies, ate my own body weight in jelly babies, only managed to resist the booze on the basis that i knew there was tonnes of cider to be had back at HQ. I camped over for two nights, lovely big field, so nice and quiet, showers that worked - dreamboat! Food on site Sat night, had to book and pay in advance, but good stuff. Medal EPIC! You need one. Goody bag was tops, with jam, a buff, crisps, and you got handed the most delish dorset apple cake as soon as you finished that swiftly got inhaled! All in all, been my favourite event of the year by far. Great atmosphere, friendly crowd, well organised, glorious run as well. Date of review: August 1, 2015
In short: Epic In full: One of the event highlights of my year. Really tough hills, don't mistake this for an easy little jog, but magnificent scenery, good marshall support, food/drink at aid stations is something to look forward to the whole way round, excellent organisation and attitude of the guys and gals at White Star is spot on - won't fail to make you laugh despite the pain of getting through one of these events! The medal is epic, good t-shirt, venue spot on, camp site huge and no stupid rules - just go and have fun, that's the only requirement. Date of review: June 13, 2015
In short: Great finisher's stash, a fitting reward for challenging terrain In full: My first trail run and what a stunner. Gorgeous scenery, but didn't get much chance to take it in as too busy trying not to trip, slip or slide over in the mud/rough/hilly terrain. All good fun though as knew what to expect given the organisers updates and info leading up to raceday. On the day, was very relaxed atmosphere, well organised and well stocked at the aid stations. Very friendly crew, supporters and runners, found it very inclusive and not at all daunting. Love the White Star crew's attitude and sense of humour. Definitely want to do it all again!! Thank you Date of review: May 26, 2014
In short: Less than smooth route In full: This was my first marathon, and I guess a gentle introduction. However, even with no experience there were some things I did not enjoy:
A higgledy piggledy course route - not the lovely open roads I was anticipating but tight corners, 180 switchbacks and a very random loop at about mile 18 seemingly tacked on to make the mileage up.
What supporters there were, were great. But the friends I came with said getting to a view point was nigh on impossible. Miles 15-20 seemed in the middle of nowhere and if you went there to spectate there was no way you'd make it back to the finish line in time. Partly due to traffic.
The start being in two waves was annoying as myself and one friend were in the first wave, but our other two friends were in the second wave at the other starting point, our spectator friends didn't know where best to stand.
Queues for toilets at the start a bit ridiculous
Goody bag, well, not good.
Energy stations a long time coming and not many.
Good things: Medal and t-shirt
Plenty of water on offer
Fairly flat route
Only took 3 minutes to cross the start line Date of review: June 17, 2013
In short: My very first half-marathon, was a fantastic experience and am definitely encouraged to do another In full: Was a bit apprehensive at the beginning as I had no idea about general protocol at these things; however organisation was good and it was obvious where I needed to go and when so there was no stressing on my part. Lovely scenic route, shame about the fog, but it was wonderful and peaceful. There were some hills, no one could deny that! But, the whole warm and fuzzy feeling I got from being in the race kind of levitated me up them. Lovely to see supporters at some points round the route, they really put a smile on my face. Good signage and water stations, marshalls were brilliant. Finish line well organised, no faffing about and then plenty of room to circulate afterwards without getting in anyones way. I had a thoroughly good day and a 260 finish position was more than i hoped for. Date of review: October 9, 2012