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 98 reviews

  • Avatar John Lendrum ★★★★★ in the last week
    I have attended many events with White Star Running, and always well attended and well organised.
    The venues are stunning and the medals are brilliant. Andy and the team are so accommodating and friendly, that you feel part of the event
    … More not just attending.
    I was concerned that being a running event, it would be very competitive and serious, but it does not matter how fast you run or how long you take, everyone supports each other and even the fastest runners support and cheer on everyone, which is great.
    My mate and myself have been with White Star Since 2016 and still love going to their events,
    Plus you can even camp for the weekend.
    Book one and come along, you will love it.
  • Avatar Liz Wood ★★★★★ a week ago
    These are the best races I have ever done, and I’ve been racing for over 40 years. The courses are stunning , but not fast , but then you should stop at the top of a big climb and admire the view and share a joke with fellow runners. The … More organisation is superb, laid back, relaxed but everything it needs to be . The atmosphere is welcoming , chilled, but if you want a big race vibe, possibly not for you, but def for me.
    This is what running is really about , so thank you . I will enter as many events as I can , and always leave with a big smile even if my legs hurt . Oh the feed stations …. Awesome
  • Avatar Jay Amin ★★★★★ a week ago
    It goes without saying one of the best organisation. All their events are pack with fun, friendly atmosphere and full of positive vibes. Forget big cities events. Come and run in real country, real England!
  • Avatar Mike Taylor ★★★★★ a week ago
    A brilliantly organised and superb set of trail races over the weekend. Really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and challenging routes, particularly the Dark Ox night race!