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
In short: amazing experience all roundCant wait for next year In full: If this is not the perfect way to spend an early summers afternoon I dont know what is. The chip collection is super slick. The atmosphere for the whole day is so friendly and fun it leaves you with a big smile on your face. The course strikes a perfect balance between being challenging enough for experienced runners to being newbie friendly. The village fete type atmosphere on the village green is a joy...oh and there is beer at the water stops. Cant wait for next year, Harvel 5 rocks. Date of review: June 5, 2016
In short: Very good event, friendly people and well organised. family fun day ( Forgotten on the full resluts page ) In full: Well I cant fault the day as it was a great occasion and the event itself is well run and exceeded my expectations. The only downside of the day for me was finding out that my finishing position, time, name and number have been completely missed out on the full results page. I finished between runners 300 and 77 which would place me in 98th place and would mean that everyone in the standings behind me would have finished one place lower. Apart from this it was a perfect day Date of review: June 5, 2016
In short: Magnificent race. My 3rd time - will be back for a 4th. In full: Brilliant atmosphere on the village green before and afterwards (although the beer/burger queue does get very long!), great support, cracking medal, good mix of road & trail with enough incline to give you a challenge, beer at the water stops (have't done that...yet) and a speedy gentle downhill finish. What's not to like! Date of review: June 5, 2016
In short: Great run well organised and great support :) In full: For a 5 mile race fantastic atmosphere really great from Start to finish. Voting in or out of Europe was a great touch. Got a disappointing time (lack of training or heart) but still smiling will be back :) Date of review: June 5, 2016