In short: Poor organisation, too many runners for the course, and a total rip-off In full: Organisation from start to finish a complete shambles, both all aspects of the race and also transport / carparking. Too many runners for the course meaning that apart from the front few fast times aren't on the cards, and its a total rip-off. Date of review: March 16, 2006
In short: Very flat fast course In full: Really flat fast course, although from mid pack back some hold ups in the first mile. Well marshalled, and generally well organised, although finish was a bit jammed with people finishing and others trying to make their way back the other way to baggage tent, (which was itself a right scramble). Also needs a lot more toilets next year please !!! Overall well worth it though. Date of review: March 16, 2006
In short: Well organised small half In full: Course changed late on this year due to road works, and apparently not as fast as normal course. Still pretty flat and fast, well organised, and good facilities. Friendly mainly local field. Some quick times posted even with this years tough conditions Date of review: March 16, 2006
In short: Good race, could be better. In full: I really enjoyed this race. Plenty of loos at the start and it was a nice touch having the Lucozade stand handing out drinks and pacing bands. The water stations were good and they had Lucozade too. The course was well marked out by arrows on the floor and the mile markers seemed accurate. I think there should have been chips as it took me 3-4 mins. to cross the start. I think that with a bit more thought about timings and the finish area this could become a really popular race. Date of review: March 16, 2006
In short: Well organised and great value ! In full: Mostly coastal, and lots of it very scenic (helped this year by favourable weather - could be really tough in a NE wind). Quite a few short sharp hills from sea front up to the top and back down again, and a few 90 degree turns, but long sections were fast and flat. Really well organised, lots of drinks stations (with jelly babies in the second half !!!), good facilities, some support on the way round, and cheaper than quite a few 10Ks. Highly recomended marathon warm up race ! Date of review: March 16, 2006
In short: Well organised fast mid-sized half In full: Most of the course is fairly flat and fast - only one real hill and that isn't too long or steep - fast times more than possible. Mostly scenic, bit of local support, decent size without being too crowded. Chip timing this year which seemed to work OK, and meant results were up very quickly. Organisers did a great job to keep the race on this year with the terrible weather in the surrounding areas. It is getting a little pricy now though. Date of review: March 16, 2006
In short: Needs tweaking In full: Nice to be off roads most of the time. Start was on time (good) but could have done with warning that hooter was about to go. Was there a 1 mile marker? If not, it would help. I didn't have to queue at the end as finished fairly fast, quesus built up later. Wasn't sure where the finish line was until I had crossed it. Thanks to supportive marshals. Full marks for providing Lucozade but would swap that for bottled rather than cupped water. PB corse though - which makes up for a lot. Date of review: March 16, 2006
In short: First Half Marathon. Good race. Queue at end senseless. In full: First Half Marathon very friendly. Choice of Lucozade and water. The only bind was the senseless queueing to record times in the freezing cold. What happened to chips? Good time though 2 hours 10 mins. Date of review: March 16, 2006
In short: Freezing cold but got PB by 3.5 mins for half marathon and also for `10 miles in the same race so delighted I did it. In full: Flat course, good support on freezing cold morning helped keep you going and friendliness between runners. This part of the world is great to run in as Thirsk and Bishop Auckland left the same feel good factor last year and makes extra few miles drive worthwhile. Only gripe would be the "goody" bag. I'd be embarassed to paint in that brown t-shirt and an orange doesn't really equate with a medal in terms of souvenirs!!!! Date of review: March 15, 2006
In short: Friendly race with good crowds towards the finish. Very well organised In full: Downhill start with the wind this year so the later stages were hard uphill and into wind! HQ in a school and facilities therefore very good, but large numbers make it a lttle crowded at times. Scenery is mixed with most miles done on country roads with a few idiots in cars occasionally making life a little unpleasant. Drinks were provided but first station was at about 4 or 5 miles, so some were getting thirsty (drinks also in plastic cups so difficult to drink on the move, but this is not unusual). Praise for the marshals and helpers who were unfailingly encouraging on a very cold blustery day - thank you! Excellent organisation by the Rotary Club. This was my third time at this event and it remained at its high standard in 2006. Date of review: March 15, 2006
In short: 2006 Grizzly - exceptional as usual. In full: This was my 10th Grizzly and it was tough! AVR excelled themselves this year - hardly any of the course was really runnable! Great run, great atmosphere, brilliant support from marshalls and other helpers, and from spectators. Thank you all. Back next year. Date of review: March 15, 2006
In short: they didnt record my time In full: a really good race spoilt by somebody failing to record me finishing maybe race chips next year to prevent this sort of thing happening. was over 10 mins quicker than my last one which made it even worse as wanted to test my training
In short: The Grizzly 2006 it's the Biz!!!! In full: This was the first Grizzly I’ve run for a few years. So when I first stepped out my car into the blast of an icy wet wind, I had more than a slight feeling of trepidation. Those feelings were soon replaced by excitement as it began to sink in that I was lining up for the best race around! The start was slightly modified from what I remember, but still retained a section a beach. The noise of 2000 runners crunching across a pebbled beach is incredible and one I’ll never forget!
The Grizzly is the most surreal race around! Where else would find a Buddhist shrine, the mystic signs, and a skeleton of a dead sheep. I’m not sure whether the sheep was there by design, but it seemed to serve warning of what was to come!
The course it’s self as ever didn’t disappoint, with the usual mix of mud, hills and beach. Even though it was a grey misty day the scenery was a lovely as ever. My favourite part of the course was the swamp! The swamp a waist deep pit of mud reached down a helter-skelter of sludge. On the way down one of the marshals informed us the she had drove her herd of cattle though the Swamp that very morning (nice!)! Fortunately the swamp was quickly followed by an ice bath in the local stream.
The marshals were as brilliant as ever. Standing out in those conditions for hours was an endurance feat in it’s self. The glass of local real ale (lovely) before the last big climb was most appreciated
As the race when on, I seemed swing between of feelings euphoria and being totally drained. This may have been caused by an overdose of Jelly Babies and Kendal Mintcake! I could barely walk the last stretch of beach but the thought of crossing the finish line and getting my hand on a Grizzly tee shirt kept me going!
As the sign said half way up one steep hill ‘The Grizzly, it’s the biz’ ABSOLUTELY!!!!
In short: Weather as lovely as the crowds In full: Great race. The hills that start the course are pure evil, but you know that from the bumpf, so no surprises. Doesn't seem to go down as much though!! Got a PB despite this, so am happy overall. Mate did brilliantly too. You really need drinks in bottles for the speedier folk who don't want to slow down. But the scouts/guides were really great. Timing was a minute out, which was a disappointment, given the chip. Medal marvellous, but could do with isotonic drinks at end (but tea was lovely, Grommit!). Smiles all round. Date of review: March 15, 2006
In short: What a Brilliant Event In full: What a challenge! The start with over 1500 runners slipping and sliding over the beach was a foretaste of things to come. If' you weren't going up you were usually going down, except of the cliff tops and beaches. Marshalls with cheery smiles with the wind whipping round them; Helpful heckling through knee deep mud, enigmatic words of wisdom on trees, fences and bushes and a nip of brandy all helped to get me to the last half-mile stretch of beach. My legs had almost seized up by then but I got there at last. No wonder this run is so over sub-scribed. DO IT!! Date of review: March 15, 2006