In short: Costly and Disappointing In full: Expensive but for a good cause although I don't know how much went to cancer research. From all the pre race hype it was disappointing to run into a grimy road tunnel dubbed a snow cave with a couple of coloured up lighters. The snow zones were rubbish and a lot more effort could have been made to make it more fun.
Marshals and polar bears were supportive on such a cold day. In short I wouldn't do this again Date of review: March 4, 2015
In short: You'll ache but you'll also love it. In full: I highly recommend The Grizzly, everything about it is spot on. The atmosphere, support, organisation, Marshalls etc are absolutely fantastic, it's hard but so rewarding. Roll on next years. Date of review: March 4, 2015
In short: Good park and Track 10K In full: Fifth time I've run this relatively flat race. Good PB potential. Weather good this year and more people were in the park (even on the racing line), but other than that it is a quick course. This year was run over two days, so taking your pick (if not the weather) was good. Date of review: March 4, 2015
In short: Well organised generally, friendly atmosphere, but finer detail needs work In full: I was coming to this expecting it to be really clubby, being Bushy Park with a reputation as a running hub, but was pleasantly surprised at the friendly parkrun-like atmosphere. The location is very picturesque, plus being pancake flat there is definite PB potential. The terrain is more trail than road, but with the ground firm in most places I was able to get away with road shoes. The course was well marshalled so you always knew where you were, the marshalls were encouraging also – always good if you’re struggling in the latter stages. There was water available which I took advantage of at the end. A couple of gripes – the results on the website leave a lot to be desired, only bib numbers given against times, plus there’s no interface with runbritain rankings which always makes me bristle. The medal looked like something you’d get at a corporate away day for completing a team exercise to build a freestanding structure out of balloons and pencils, or something like that. The design of the t-shirt was good but the cotton flimsy – my suggestion to the organisers would be to ditch the medal and just offer a decent technical t-shirt.
In short: It's always nice to race near the sea on a sunny day! In full: The start and finish were very narrow, the finish line didn't have a huge amount of space which meant you came to a sudden stop with not many goodies either! The well placed, frequent water stations didn't have many, if any bins which meant littering the streets. But over all the stewards were very helpful and encouraging, the route had some really nice views. A very enjoyable event. Date of review: March 3, 2015
In short: A challenging, yet beautifully scenic and amazing atmosphere race with impeccable organisation. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. In full: The organisation of the race was fantastic; the sports centre provided the perfect place for registration etc, without crowding or confusion, as at other big races that I have done.
All of the volunteers were great and the support around the course was fantastic. Kelly Holmes starting the race was a lovely touch too.
My husband and I both agree that the medal is one of the nicest we have in our collection and the t-shirts (being technical as opposed to the normal cotton) are brilliant for training.
Having not quite being able to run all the way up Fordcombe Hill this year, I will definitely be back again next year to try and conquer it in 2016!
So thank you to you and your team for hosting a great event from start to finish. Your hard work, organisation and dedication to the event has not gone unnoticed. Date of review: March 3, 2015
In short: If Carlsberg did races, they'd do the Grizzly; Still got a smile on my face after running through the fountain In full: It's not just the race, its the weekend. I've not seen any other race so well supported by the local community. For the race, there are no easy bits, the cliff top path fields (miles 3 - 5 ish) were the easiest terrain, before a herd of fell runners passed me on the first tricky descent. It was more difficult to focus on the motivational messages over the second half but nice to know that they were there. Running through the Fountain Beer garden was my favorite part of the course. All the marshalls were fantastic, especially the one by the last steps out of Beer whose Jelly babies got me through the last mile. Am awaiting the ballot open date to try and enjoy it all again next year. Date of review: March 3, 2015
In short: very challenging for first race In full: For my first half marathon of the year i found the hills very challenging and relentless. Had very bad back ache by the end and got my worst ever chiptime.apart from that everything else was amazing. organisation was spoton -very good value for money! You get a nice medal and free tshirt and a goodie bag at the end. The scenery was also spectacular. Maybe il come back once im better at running hills Date of review: March 3, 2015
In short: Epic Awe Inspiring Magical Race - Always a memorable experience In full: Unique marvellous atmosphere - one of the best weekends you'll ever have. It will probably hurt - but worth it. The race deserves its cult status. Support throughout Seaton, Beer and Branscombe is always fantastic over the weekend and during the race. Marshalls are brilliant and do one of the toughest jobs there can be in remote locations. Axe Valley deserve all the credit - Long live the Grizzly! Date of review: March 3, 2015
In short: On-track sections good, off-road sections bad In full: Very friendly and helpful organisers and marshals. The sections on the race-track were excellent and I enjoyed the natural undulations. This was somewhat spoilt by the 'Mickey Mouse' sections round the car park and rally stages. Why? If the start and finish were separated, why not run the whole event on the track? I also think it would be better to run clockwise, which is the direction for motor-racing. I ran the 10k and enjoyed the event but I do think it could be improved. Date of review: March 3, 2015
In short: Blimey my legs hurt! If you want a challenge enter the Grizzly. In full: Lots of ups and downs, shingle beaches, bogs, rivers and mud. Amazing support from the locals, marshalls at every turn with plenty of jelly babies and camaraderie amoungst your fellow runners. Great race. I'm glad I didn't quite dip under 3 hours so I'll have to come back next year. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Fantastic race, not flat, spoiled by rip-off photography In full: I have three brief comments to make: 1. The organisation on the day was superb. This event was a shining example for other city races to model themselves on. Coventry deserve the highest praise for their organisation on the day. 2. The route was perhaps not quite what many runners had expected. The first few miles lead out of the city. Miles 4-9 then turned into a tough slog through heavily undulating country lanes with sharp head-winds. I personally did not mind this at all. However, I saw many people who had been expecting a PB being absolutely heart-broken. A PB course this was not. On the plus side, from mile 10 it was almost all downhill. 3. It was incredibly disappointing to see the race photographs made available after the event being £12 per digital image. The photographs taken do not appear to be of professional quality, and even if they were a price of £12 is completely unjustifiable and unacceptable. I enjoy purchase photographs after races, and this will be my first race in years where I have not done so - £12 is a total rip-off. In conclusion, a fantastic race, which should be advertised as in no way flat, but spoiled by rip-off photography. Date of review: March 2, 2015