GH Weekend

Next Race: 24/06/2022 + 2 others

Village Hall, East Street Sydling St Nicholas, Dorchester, DT2 9NU

White Star Running’s flagship event weekend returns and, as always, is so popular. Winning several awards for Britain’s Best Marathon over the years, it’s easy to see why runners love the feel of this event. Taking over the village of Sydling St Nicholas, the villagers welcome runners, making you part of the community for the weekend. 

This event weekend provides something for all the family, with two tough races on Saturday, a barn dance in the village hall for those who can still walk on Saturday evening, and then a fun Bell race on Sunday. The Bell race challenges anyone to take on the run to reach the top of the hill and do a task set by team at the top. Then, run down the hill with your medal clonking away like a proper Alpine Cow.

Both race routes are very, very challenging and hilly, running through the Sydling and Cerne valleys. It's certainly not for the faint hearted; it's a tough race, with some steep climbs, sharp descents and the most amazing views to reward yourself with. If you’re not sure what to expect, here’s a race review to help you get a feel for the race.

NEW FOR 2022. When you enter our races you will be able to opt out of receiving your finisher's goodies, which we usually hand out at the end of the race. Instead, the cost of your goody bag will be donated to the Wilder Dorset Appeal, and you can read more about that project here. If you don’t opt out, you will still get your goody bag, and you can optionally choose to make a personal contribution if you wish here. Every runner still gets a medal. 

The Bell race will open in April for pre-entry.

NEW for 2022 Giants Half Marathon – Giant’s Half to extend the weekend! Now, after much umming and aahing, we’ve worked with the village to create what will be the bestest half marathon in the world ever: the Giant’s Half Marathon (we spent ages on the title you can tell).It will be hilly; there will be an epic medal with a willy on it; you will be running over lots of the terrain that the marathon runs on… except it’s only half the way and you won’t be so tired.

Seriously, we realise Giant’s Head is a great weekend and not everyone can get in the marathon or hill race, and some of you don’t like to run that far. We have been working with the village to create this race, so they can earn some monies as the pandemic hit us all, including small villages in Dorset. We want to help.

We would also like to invite you to Sunday lunch at the Sydling Village Hall. Everyone invited. Roast dinners post-event, pay in advance; veggie and vegan available as well.

GH Weekend Jun 2022

  • 25/06/2022, 08:30

    Giants Head Marathon 2022

    £40.00 - £42.00
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    *SOLD OUT*

    White Star Running's flagship event weekend returns and as always is so popular, a large waiting list already exists. Winning several awards for Britain's Best Marathon over the years, it's easy to see why runners love the feel of this event. Taking over the village of Sydling St Nicholas, the villagers welcome runners making them part of the community for the weekend. 

    The marathon route is a very, very challenging hilly but beautiful course running through the Sydling and Cerne valleys running around and under the famous Cerne Giant. It is certainly not for the faint hearted, it is a tough race, with some steep climbs, sharp descents and the most amazing views to reward yourself with. If you’re not sure what to expect, here's a race review to help you get a feel for the race.

    The race starts at 8:30am.

    There will be hot food and drinks pre- and post-race served by by members of the village in the Bar and Village Hall, a short walk from the finish on the village green.

    The cut-off time for the marathon is 7 hours and our minimum age requirement for entry is 18 years old. For general race questions, see our FAQs.

    Prizes are awarded on the line for the first three male and female runners, with all finishers receiving their medal, race muff and T-shirt for their race goodies. New for 2022 you will be able to opt out of receiving your goodies once completing your race. The cost of your goodies will instead be donated to the Wilder Dorset Appeal. See more project details here, or opt to receive your goodies at the end of this entry and make a personal contribution here.

    Camping can be booked in our exclusive 'athletes' village' here. Alternatively, there is a list of local accommodation here: Accommodation Listings.

    To keep up to date on all the information on the event, make sure you've followed the Facebook Event.

  • 25/06/2022, 10:00

    Sydling Hill Race 2022

    £30.00 - £32.00
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    *SOLD OUT*

    White Star Running's flagship event weekend returns and as always is so popular, a large waiting list already exists. Winning several awards for Britain's Best Marathon over the years, it's easy to see why runners love the feel of this event. Taking over the village of Sydling St Nicholas, the villagers welcome runners making them part of the community for the weekend. 

    The Sydling Hill route is a very, very challenging hilly 11km course running through the Sydling and Cerne valleys. It is certainly not for the faint hearted, it is a tough race, with some steep climbs, sharp descents and the most amazing views to reward yourself with. If you’re not sure what to expect, here's a race review to help you get a feel for the race.

    The race starts at 10am.

    There will be hot food and drinks pre- and post-race served by by members of the village in the Bar and Village Hall, a short walk from the finish on the village green.

    The cut-off time for the hill race is 4 hours and our minimum age requirement for entry is 16 years old. For general race questions, see our FAQs.

    Prizes are awarded on the line for the first three male and female runners, with all finishers receiving their medal and T-shirt for their race goodies. New for 2022 you will be able to opt out of receiving your goodies once completing your race. The cost of your goodies will instead be donated to the Wilder Dorset Appeal. See more project details here, or opt to receive your goodies at the end of this entry and make a personal contribution here

    Camping can be booked in our exclusive 'athletes' village' here. Alternatively, there is a list of local accommodation here: Accommodation Listings.

    To keep up to date on all the information on the event, make sure you've followed the Facebook Event.

  • 26/06/2022, 10:30

    Giant's Half

    £32.00 - £34.00
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    New for 2022 Giant's Half to extend the weekend! Now, after much umming and aahing, we’ve worked with the village to create what will be the bestest half marathon in the world ever: the Giant's Half Marathon (we spent ages on the title you can tell).

    It will be hilly; there will be an epic medal with a willy on it; you will be running over lots of the terrain that the marathon runs on… except it’s only half the way and you won’t be so tired.

    Seriously, we realise Giant’s Head is a great weekend and not everyone can get in the marathon or hill race, and some of you don’t like to run that far. We have been working with the village to create this race, so they can earn some monies as the pandemic hit us all, including small villages in Dorset. We want to help.

    We would also like to invite you to Sunday lunch at the Sydling Village Hall. Everyone invited. Roast dinners post-event, pay in advance; veggie and vegan available as well.

  • 24/06/2022, 13:40 - 26/06/2022, 16:00

    Camping Pitch

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    For all our events the campsites are huge and right in the centre of the race, a short walk from the start/finish and registration areas. We operate them on a very relaxed level, and ask that people behave responsibility and with others in mind when on and around the site.

    Our 2022 camping price is £25 for a weekend pitch, regardless of the number of people in the tent, caravan, camper, motorhome, etc.

    This field, or as we like to call it ‘The Athletes’ Village’, usually has had all the cows, sheep and horses removed (there may be poo, it is the countryside, get over it) and you are able to drive your car onto the field. If you have a massive camper van or Winnebago it should fit in the gate. If it doesn't, come and find us we will work out a way of squeezing you in.

    Portalavs will be onsite; there will not be any toilet paper provided. There will be drinking water supply. We will have showers and they are free to use. 

    If you bring your dog to camp, please, please, pick up any poos they will leave and dispose of them sensibly. The fields will be returned to the owners for their normal use, so we don't want any cows and their young picking up nasty infections from the dog poo. Please look after your dogs. That means control them; do not let them near any farm animals at any time. We don't want you to get in trouble and your dog or livestock hurt or distressed.

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