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

5.0 84 reviews

  • Avatar karen croad ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    If you're looking to start trail running, but don't know where to start, or you are not confident running on your own, then White Star Running events are the best way to get started. There is so much support, no one cares how … More slow you are, everyone talks to everyone else and perfect strangers offer support if you're struggling, fancy dress is optional 😁, and the medals are just lush! Perfect for beginners and seasoned runners alike, with a variety of distances for all the family (kids included) with camping thrown in, if needed. Really enjoy the atmosphere and camaraderie at these events. Highly recommend.
  • Avatar Estrella Perez ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    They are the best, by far. The races they organize are so much fun and so beautiful. I love the night time races. Dealing with the team and running in their events feels like being among mates. Have a look to their website and immediately … More get an idea of how quirky, humorous, imaginative and adorable the guys running things behind the scenes are . And they also have the most amazing bling in the business. Long life to White Star Running. Carry on making stunning medals!
  • Avatar Urszula Bednarz ★★★★★ a week ago
    Very good organisation. Great atmosphere.. Lovely medals
  • Avatar Steven M Windmill ★★★★★ a month ago
    I dis a WhitecStar run in 2019 and enjoyed every moment of the hilly terrain; participants where all friendly