In short: Best organised Ultra Race I've ever done In full: The organisation was incredible, everyone so friendly, fantastic scenery. It was hilly but that what it says on the label. Plenty of water stations. I race a lot but only review the very best races such as this. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Harvel 5 is the most fun event to take part in In full: The organisation of this event is first class. The direction to the car parks is excellent. The way in which the HHH make everyone welcome and are always so helpful. The course is decent and in places challenging. The after party on the green and the visit to The Amazon and Tiger are not to be missed. I will be back next year! Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Got to be best race locally which manages to bring together top club runners with complete newbies. Such a wonderful event organised magnificently by such a friendly club with great post race social aspect too Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Loved it, again. A very enjoyable day with a race on top! In full: Quirky, funny (espcially the themed loos!), loads of atmosphere, plenty of choices of food and drink on offer afterwards at the village green which is surrounded by picture-postcard cottages. Shame the beer ran out, but it was so good I'm not surprised! Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: The overall runners' experience was lacking - could do with more thought put into it In full: No problem with race itself, water stations and marshalling all fine, but overall atmosphere felt a bit flat. No pre-race warm-up, Race HQ is away from the start across a main road, there were a mere 5 female toilets (and hence long queues), none of them flushed and also no loo paper! It was great of the Scouts to provide refreshments from their hut, but there was nothing provided on the field at the end other than cups of water (admittedly plenty) and a biscuit. I was also concerned by the carpark entry/exit doubling as the finish to the race. It felt like a bland corporate event rather than a local race with any character. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Lovely course but chaotic at the finish line In full: This was a really lovely scenic route through country lanes. Having 3 water stations for a 10K was a total bonus especially with the hot weather.
The downside was the toilets being a fair walk away (and a number of them didn't flush) and long queues.
The most surprising however, was that cars were able to leave through the exit where the runners came in. It felt completely chaotic and dangerous at the same time with a number of volunteers shouting different instructions to cars exiting from 2 directions and during this runners were coming through and not being pointed to the finish line and going off in the wrong direction! I'm not sure that would encourage me to do this race again. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Great! In full: Pretty 10k on a flat course. Was a little bit warm but there were 3 water stops on the course and lots of water at the finish so no problems there. Basic organisation, toilets were a five minute walk away in scout hut and village hall but there were enough of them. No goodie bag or anything, as you would expect for the reasonable price, but there were fig rolls and jaffa cakes at the end for finishers. Lovely race with a relaxed atmosphere, and I will be back next year :) Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Brilliant did not disappoint - Would thoroughly recommend In full: I booked this race after reading about the event in runners world; the event had been awarded the most improved race award. The event did not disappoint, the club/organisers really go that extra mile (no run-pun intended) from the decorated portaloos, to general friendliness of the club volunteers, which also sets the good vibe and atmosphere you feel on the day from everyone lucky enough to be involved. The course itself is picturesque and challenging enough to be enjoyable, with good support around the 5 mile loop to keep tired legs turning. Because of the mixed terrain you may want to opt for trail shoes if has recently rained, but Road shoes will still do the job. Whilst it's not a course for the PB, it does have a nice fast down hill final mile, which is always a plus in my eyes. I would thoroughly recommend this event and will certainly be signing up for next year when applications open in January, despite the hours drive it took to get there from Hertfordshire. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Simply the best In full: Simply the best race around, amazing atmosphere, coupled with unrivalled organisation from Harvel Hash House Harriers. This event just seems to get better every year and easy to see why it's just won a top Runners World award. I will most defiantly be back in 2017. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: One of the 5-mile races you'll find in Kent! In full: This was my second year running the Harvel 5 and it continues to be one of my favourite races, with a great fun and friendly atmosphere on the day and lots of support around the scenic 5-mile route. This is a great race for first-timers or experienced runners looking to run a fast 5-mile time over road and trail. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Excellent 10k race In full: This 10k is extremely flat, well run, and is growing in size with over 2000 finishers this year. It remains good value with part closed roads, medal, and free race photos. The people of Worthing also make a real effort to support. As with all races there are improvements that can be made but when you have a beach to relax on post race and the sun is shining there isn't much wrong with the Worthing 10k. A fixture in the calendar. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Pure enjoyment In full: For me, still the best race around.
As a 5 mile race, it's great - fast, varied course that some years is hot and dusty and in other years (like 2016) is wet, muddy and almost like a X-C in places.
However, what really sets it apart is the outstanding organisation and unmatched good humour that underpins everything about it. The village green atmosphere - indeed, the whole race day experience - is just great from beginning to end, with so many unique touches, and if you don't usually bother to hang around for the prize-giving ceremony, you really should do for this one !
I ran in the first H5 in 1999 (looking back at the results, there were only 167 finishers) and since then, it's just got bigger and better. Date of review: June 5, 2016
In short: Great fun on a hot & humid day In full: We did the 5K, and our 7 year old did the Under 8 Fun Run. The Fun Run was free, yet she was given a bottle of water and a cuddly penguin, which she loves. But she was disappointed that the run was so short at 0.17 of a KM. She was very surprised that it ended so soon. As, indeed, were we. I'm not sure if it was originally intended to be so short, or they were running out of time, but it hardly seemed worth turning up for. The 5K was fun. The course was packed with runners for the first K or so, which slowed me down a bit, but that seemed to help as usually I go off too fast, because despite it being a very warm and humid day I put in a PB. Fair enough I don't run many 5Ks, and it's been a while since I did one (2007 I think it was), but even so I was pleased with my time of 27.39. Date of review: June 5, 2016
In short: Trail running at its best In full: A beautiful race, and a proper trail route with a negligible portion of road. Mavericks's online advice to wear trail shoes should be heeded, more so if it's been raining as parts of this route would be a slurryfest in the wet (I lucked into a warm dry event). Most of the course takes in stunning woodland, and views across the North Downs that'll make you want to stop and take a pic. Beware, some parts of the route were quite demanding, and not just the uphills - a couple of the downhills demand all of your attention too. The fuel stations, while infrequent, are generously stocked and manned by friendly volunteers. Maverick is still a fledgling series at the time of writing, so perhaps attendances in the thousands rather than hundreds, chip timing, and on-course photographers are yet to come - maybe not, and a part of me hopes not, too. If their absence are enough to put you off signing up, I believe you're losing out (and might want to reconsider your reasons for running). The route, and the atmosphere generated by organisers and attendees who clearly love the trails, make this a must-do event. Date of review: June 5, 2016