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.
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.
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