This friendly but competitive, beautiful but tough race packs a lot into its five-mile out-and-back route. Tracing a path through the beautiful Kent countryside, the Harvel 5 covers tarmac, woodland, rocky slopes and all the mud a keen cross-country competitor could wish for.
Tired finishers will be revived by the beer, burgers and ice creams on sale at the finish, plus the local Women's Institute on hand with cake on Harvel's very English village green.
With a field of 800 runners, beer waiting at the water station for thirsty runners and a mini village fete in full swing at the finish, it has a party atmosphere that's hard to beat.
Cost was: £15 affiliated, £17 unaffiliated. All entries were via Runbritain, so that's the price the runner paid. Harvel H3 bears the administration cost charged.
Chip Timing: As per normal we are using chips for timing again.
Collect your chip and race number on the day.
No chip = No Time
Number of Entries: 800
The course: is 5 miles and starts in Harvel, hence the name - The Harvel 5! The Course is measured and certified as accurate. The course is not suitable for wheelchair entrants. All runners and joggers welcome. Minimum entry age is 15.
Start and finish: The race commences at 2pm. The start is approximately 50 metres from the green along White Horse lane. Runners assemble on the green prior to the start, for their own safety and to prevent any traffic congestion in Whitehorse lane itself. Approximately 5 minutes before the race start, an announcement is made to ask all runners to proceed to the start at which stage, police and race marshals will take control of all road traffic. The course will be well marshalled throughout, with the kind co-operation of the Gravesend Police. The finish will be next to the village green.
Car Parking: There will be ample parking at various locations in the village near the green. The main car parking field will be near Harvel House Farm (DA13 0DH), Harvel Lane, the lane opposite the Amazon & Tiger Pub (DA13 0DE).
PLEASE FOLLOW THE ROADSIGNS (FLOURESCENT YELLOW), INTO HARVEL (BEST TO TURN YOUR SAT-NAV OFF!) FOR ALL DIRECTIONS TO THE CAR PARK. WE WILL BE OPERATING A ONE-WAY TO EASE CONGESTION.
Ladies’ changing: Will be in the village hall. (Sorry no shower)
Mens’ changing: There will be a tent on the village Green.
Toilets:On the Green there will be six portaloos and mens’ urinals.In the village hall there will be two toilets which we are to allocate to women only.
Finish: All runners will receive a very nice medal (medal doubles up as a bottle opener!), a bottle of water and jelly babies !
Trophies: There will be trophies for the first, second and third male and female of any age to finish the race. There will also be a trophy for the first finisher of each veteran category, therefore if you are a veteran runner and win the race you will receive two trophies! Last, but not least, there will be trophies for the first junior (15 - 19 years old) male and female. Also as last year there will be team trophies. After the race there will be the normal presentation of trophies. This presentation will occur just after 3.30pm.
Down Downs: (A hashing ritual!) Will be at 3.45pm!
Results Service: The result will available as a download from the club’s website after the race. If you wish to have the results posted to you please provide us with a A5 stamped addressed envelope.
Race Feed back: Any suggestions for previous years races are warmly welcomed.
Beer & Burgers: There will be a hot food van, beer tent, tea, coffee & cakesand more on the Green.
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