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A very, very challenging hilly but beautiful course running through the Sydling and Cerne valleys running around and under the famous Cerne Giant.

Review summary

31 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Nadine M
"Brutal but brilliant! Organisation was spot on as always by WSR! Tough hills..."


Lorraine B
"I absolutely love the Giants head marathon, I thought I was going to die during..."


Heather T
"A beautiful race with quad crunching hills but views to die for ... atmosphere..."
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How to enter the Giants Head Marathon

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    Advanced Bell Race

    Run 9km
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    Giants Head Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    Event passed
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    Sydling Hill Race

    Run 10km
    Event passed
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    Fun Bell Race

    Run 4km

Event Details

What’s Included
Tech t-shirt and unique medal to all finishers + quality stuff. We have a BEER TENT and camping and a Hog Roast and an after party this year and pre race pasta party,

AND the ice cream van will return. We spoil you!

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Giants Head Marathon weather forecast

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Meet the organizerIcon

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.

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Giants Head Marathon reviews (31)

5 out of 5 stars

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    Carol T

    Did the Giants Head Marathon in 2019

    Not for the faint hearted, but the climbs are worth it. Stunning scenery, great atmosphere, fabulous food and a barn dance.
    Sells out in about 5 minutes though, so get in quick
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    Tabatha M

    Did the Giants Head Marathon in 2019

    I have completed other White Star Races before, and they have always been amazing. This year I managed to get a place in the Giants Head Marathon. It fills up within a matter of minutes of opening online. As I was not new to White Star Races I knew what to expect, however this marathon exceeded my expectations- it was utterly incredible. One of the reasons for this was the atmosphere in the village- this was an event that was embraced by the village, and not only was it a White Star Race it also felt like it belonged to the people of Sydling St Nicholas.

    The course itself was tough, however for every hill (there were one or two)- were breathtaking views. We also had the honour of routes that went over private land. So we were able to explore places that people don't normally get to go.

    As ever with White Star the organisation was second to none, they make the organisation of races look easy. And everything ran to time, ran smoothly and the safety and enjoyment of the runners is their first priority. There was also a barn dance in the village in the evening and food provided by the village.

    White Star Races are special. The Giants Head marathon is an utter gem of a marathon. If you can't get a place in the GHM then book another White Star event. You will not be disappointed

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    Richard N

    Did the Advanced Bell Race in 2019

    I manned an aid station on the Saturday for the marathon, and then ran the bell race on the Sunday. The atmosphere for the entire weekend was absolutely fantastic - typical WSR! On the marathon we were at about 20 miles in over some pretty hilly terrain and everyone still had a smile on their face! The camaraderie through the bell race was brilliant and the last downhill with the bell clanging away and joining up with the kids from the shorter bell race makes it a genuinely different race experience. I'll definitely be back again!
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    Heather T

    Did the Giants Head Marathon in 2019

    A beautiful race with quad crunching hills but views to die for ... atmosphere in Sydling was so welcoming... great organisation, fabulous aid stations and a community of runners who support each other, oh and the medal ... well what can I say!? I can’t wait to return next year ... bravo WSR!
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    Karen F

    Did the Giants Head Marathon in 2019

    Amazing event fantastic organisation- great that the whole village gets involved - v hot day fantastic water stations and the amazing love station - such a great team who organise WSR they really have got it down to a fine art
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    Elaine D

    Did the Sydling Hill Race in 2019

    This was on my wish list to do before my 21st 😉 absolutely loved it. The atmospheres are what make the WSR events. Love stations a dream. Even forgive the hills. Loved it so much booked back for 2020 👍
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    Mike N

    Did the Giants Head Marathon in 2019

    White star running at it's very best in hilly Dorset. Fantastic tough scenic challenging course. Super aid stations. Wonderful English village green finish. Plenty of comoraderie between runners Bonus miles a plenty especially if you go through the wrong gate.
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    Lorraine B

    Did the Giants Head Marathon in 2019

    I absolutely love the Giants head marathon, I thought I was going to die during the race but the brilliant people that help organise this race kept me going. Enjoyed it so much that I’m doing it again next year. 😳
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    Nadine M

    Did the Giants Head Marathon in 2019

    Brutal but brilliant! Organisation was spot on as always by WSR! Tough hills and beautiful Dorset scenery. I loved it so much, I'm returning next year 😁
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    Vanessa J

    Did the Giants Head Marathon in 2019

    White Star at its very best. Incredible scenery, a stunningly beautiful course. As always, signage was great (even we didn’t get lost). Aid stations were really well-stocked (including home-made, and vegan goodies). Volunteers were great, and of course, free photos too. Add to this two things; how welcoming the villagers are (I had two chat to me on the way to the car park, they love what White Star do for them). Then the flexibility of White Star admin. The flexibility is brilliant. You have a cutoff date to transfer or move to another race, which I’ve done many times. Stay within that date and you can easily buy, sell or move places. GHM is just the gold standard for marathons.
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