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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.

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.

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The Harvel 5 route

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.

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.

Event Details

What’s Included
Course Certified as accurate
Chipped Timing
Medal for all finishers
Minimum entry age 15
The course is not suitable for wheelchair entrants
Beer on route
Beer at the end!
Raceday Logistics

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).


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.

Small Print

  • Course Certified as accurate
  • Chipped Timing
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Minimum entry age 15
  • The course is not suitable for wheelchair entrants
  • Beer on route
  • Beer at the end!

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