All About White Star Running
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White Star Running Ltd are a group of friends who like running, organising races with a cake and a drink afterwards.
White Star Running aims to organise fun, sociable and value for money running events, for runners of all abilities, with no corporate claptrap. We believe in races that are tough, marshals that are friendly, views that are awesome and beer that is cold.
We work with people to bring the best value to our events, parish councils, local running clubs and volunteer groups. We work with some of the best companies in Dorset to make our races interesting, fun, challenging and affordable.
We are very conscious these days that running has been somehow hijacked by big companies organising events to make a quick buck. We like to think we are not like other companies. Since the company inception in 2013 with one event, the events have expanded and last year saw nine events take place across Dorset and Wiltshire.
In 2013 Giants Head Marathon was the first White Star Running event, which saw the village of Sydling St Nicholas play host to 700 runners for a marathon and 10k challenging event, with villagers supporting through WI providing refreshments, farmers opening up their land and providing a barn dance to celebrate the end of the event. It was voted 3rd best marathon in its first year, and shortlisted for The Running Awards.
With such good feedback & reviews the team knew they were on to a good thing and runners wanted to compete in fun events. They set about planning a new event for 2014. The Ox event took place on Rushmoor estate and became 5th best half in the Uk for it’s first year. Giants Head was improved on its first year and became one of UKs must do races in 2014 from Men’s running.
The event once again claimed many acclaimed awards including winner of Runners World most improved race 2014, best marathon for The Running Awards. and listed in Top 10 trail races 2014 Trail Runner magazine and Top 10 Bucket list races 2014 Women’s running.
At our races we realise that sometimes you need a bit of boost at the bit in the race where you are starting flag, normally 20 miles in marathons, 7 or 8 in a half etc, so we have the Lovestation.
So when you rock up to the Lovestation you can have a sit down and glass of something nice like flat Coke or a cider and chew on a cake or Scotch egg and just get your s*** together before venturing on to finish the race.
There may be a hug or two.
The serious side is we can also have a look at you and assess whether you are in a fit state to carry on.
We realise that running a long way is not easy and present some challenges, heat, cold, sun, rain, wind, falling over, hills, exhaustion etc can all take a toll and we are keen not to have any casualties. So that’s why we have the Lovestation so you can carry on your merry way.
Finding land to race on has been challenging but they have managed to engage with local farmers and estates to offer some of the most stunning scenery in Dorset and Wiltshire, opening up sights most will never see. Good community liaison has meant villages are keen to see WSR events in their locality. They have developed a brand that is appealing to runners and that runners find attractive to want to compete in all their events.