In short: Country fete-feel on the village green when you start, nice Kent countryside during the run. All good. In full: I can't class myself as a runner in any real sense. I took part in this race for the first time in 2008 after being challenged to do it by a work contact who is a club runner. Enjoyed it so much that I've now run it 3 times, and it has got me into running for enjoyment. As a beginner, I've never felt out of place at this event. Date of review: June 9, 2012
In short: Second time at Harvel after giving it a couple of years, remembered now why I loved it so much the first time... In full: My first time at Harvel was in 2009, and was only my fifth proper race. Three years and nearly 100 races later, I returned - and as I always do on Runners World, here is my take of the positives and negatives
Positives * For such an isolated place, it was phenomenally easy to get to if you followed the race instructions and can follow arrows!
* A race started with a shotgun will always have a certain charm to me...
* The course is fast, fast, fast - it's not until you get to three miles that you realise you've been uphill all the way so far - the finish is one of the fastest I know!
* The quality of the field at the front is superb - I finished with a 32' and was only just inside the top 100... Saying that, it seems as if the race caters well for all abilities
* I think the price for a race of this quality, with two water stations and a brilliant medal is top drawer
Negatives * For the first time in doing these reviews - I cannot think of anything I would improve. My message to the organisers would be as follows - keep it exactly as it is, with an eye on maintaining a field no larger than it currently is. The only thing that I can imagine would affect this race is letting it become a victim of its own success - the course cannot cater for too many more runners, in my opinion.
Overall, a superb race - and I have passed on my opinions of this gem to a number of racing magazines over the past week. Date of review: June 9, 2012