In short: Fantastico!!! In full: A well organised and relaxed race which was superb for beginner runners and club runners. the pre race briefing was superb and funny which relaxed the nervous runners i was talking to. Enough marshals on the course and lots of post race water on offer. A surprisingly warm day for Norfolk! Date of review: June 7, 2016
In short: How could anyone not love this Race!! Fantastic In full: From Beginners to Elites - amazing race for all. Organisation is superb. The warm welcome by the Chip Collection Ladies kicks off a great start to the Race. Beautiful setting in the Park. Great support from locals and the Marshals. Great Club organisation all round. The whole Green setting is a perfect way to participate in a race whilst your family enjoys the lovely food and drink on offer. Well Done All. Date of review: June 7, 2016
In short: A good event and one to do again In full: I made a 'night before' decision to run in the event for the first time and I was glad I did. A really nice course and the quickest time I have done for a while. Well Marshalled and signed. 3 water points were ideal for the weather. Good support from the local populas on the route. Only downside was the field car park exiting through the same gate as runners entering for the finish which caused some issue but rectifiable. I'd run it again Date of review: June 7, 2016
In short: Great fast and scenic course but aspects let it down In full: As far as the race goes, this was a great, fast route on road with lovely scenery. The marshals on the course were largely friendly and I appreciated the water stops on a hot day. The collection of the race numbers was also efficient. A nice medal, no goody bag, just water at the end. ( the biscuits must have gone by the time I came in) What let the race down was the lack of toilet facilities at the start and those at the village hall being too few and not functioning. The finish of the race was concerning with the runners coming into the same entrance as cars leaving the field (despite there being a separate pedestrian entrance into the field that could have been used). There was a bunch of marshals trying to direct cars from 2 directions out of the field and across the runners route. As a result runners were mistaking the hand signals intended for the cars and running in the wrong direction. This was a real safety issue having cars driving out of an entrance intended for incoming runners. Date of review: June 6, 2016
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