What Makes Us Different?

We don’t follow the herd

We're not just a race company.

We’re a community of runners who put on races for people who like to be socialable when they run and enjoy discovering some of Dorset’s hidden treasures with amazing views. We’re a race company with a sense of humour, reminding you why you love to run.

Most of our events happen over weekends, with a family-friendly festival feeling. There’s camping, meeting new people, running somewhere spectacular and distances to suit all abilities in a supportive atmosphere.

Free bonus miles

The safety of our runners and marshals is paramount in everything we do, and we have some amazingly positive volunteers to help cheer you on. We like to create an inclusive atmosphere at events; no matter how far or fast you run, everyone is welcome. 

In fact, the most fun is usually the party at the back – our friendly sweepers make sure no one’s last. All races are fully supported by experienced marshals, medics and a race event team to help you get to the finish line. As we run on trails, don’t be surprised if it’s not exactly 3.1, 13.1 or 26.2 miles. Bonus miles are awesome!

Challenging but worth the Effort

The event locations we choose show off Dorset’s beautiful countryside. Our races are challenging, with big hills, sometimes tough and unpredictable, but very rewarding all at the same time. We work closely with landowners to get access to some private land and are very involved with local communities and organisations.

Family friendly

Our event weekends often turn into a family holiday with a bit of running thrown in! We welcome spectators and cater for non-running partners and friends. Equally, if you come alone you will definitely feel part of the community. Our finish line dream team greet you with your medal and goodies. And what amazing bling those medals are! Each one is beautifully crafted to reflect the race and its uniqueness.

We look after you

We have a ‘fair for all’ policy. We’re a small company and pride ourselves on putting the runner first – this includes in our handling of race entries. We can’t offer refunds, but we offer the chance to defer your place to another race or you can transfer your place to another runner, without a crazy administration fee. These can both be done up to 2 weeks before an event.

Love station™– Unique to White Star Running

We realise that running a long way is not easy and presents 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 is why we have the Love Station™ so you can carry on your merry way. It’s our aid station towards the end of the race where you can have a sit down, drink a glass of something like cider or cola, grab some cake or a Scotch egg, just to help you get yourself together before venturing to the finish line.

What others say

Don’t believe us? Check out what our customers say about us below.

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Unit 10, Birch Copse, Technology Road, Poole

4.9 47 reviews

  • Avatar Emily Hannon-Luijbregts ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Absolutely fantastic race directors who know how to put on a race. Every small detail is considered and it's great to see races which can be hard as nails but still so much fun. I've been running with them since 2013 and will … More continue. Would definitely recommend to all runners out there. There really is something for everyone.
  • Avatar Katarzyna Lubowiecka ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    White Star Running organise the best races in the UK. They don't take themselves too seriously and everyone is welcome at their events. They are a breath of fresh air (despite the Dorset countryside) in the running world.
    … More events are fun and well supported. Don't get me wrong they are tough, but every tough event is easier in a tutu, right?
    Safety is taken very seriously and the runners are well looked after - always.
    I feel very lucky that I stumbled upon them looking for my first marathon. I gained much more than one-time achievement, I got a new running family.
    Oh, and the medals are fantastic! Check them out!
  • Avatar William Whitehead ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    White Star remain one of my favourite running event companies. Their events are reasonably priced, have a great atmosphere and are set in wonderful countryside. Don't however be fooled they are a challenge but I know from experience … More if you are not up to it the help is top notch too.
  • Avatar Rxven ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    The best races in the South!! Love the camping, love the races and love the friendly marshal's.
    Andy and his staff really know how to put on a brilliant race or 10!
    If anyone is looking for a family weekend away, with cheap camping
    … More and scenic races with lots of fun thrown in, then White Star Running is definitely for you!
    Haven't even mentioned the bling yet! The medals are amazing!!