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: 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
In short: This is a rating for 2006 race. first Grizzly for me, hope to be back again and again. In full: It is easy to see why this race is so popular, despite being so tough. Brilliant organization, best marshalls in the world, unique course, great atmosphere, and one of the drinks stations provided beer! Date of review: March 15, 2006
In short: do it enjoy it ,it will never be forgoten promise!! In full: as an axe valley member this was my third grizzly and it was just as exiting as the first the weather added to the drama of the whole day,big big thank you to all the the people that made it possible what a great day!! thank you very much graham vere avr. Date of review: March 15, 2006
In short: Cold, wet, slippy, muddy and those shingles - well organised and gruelling but brilliant race. In full: Sunday March 12th 2006: The noise on the beach at the start was deafening (1000s of trainers on shingles, accompanied by huge crashing waves); the bog was amazing - not too be missed; the final run-in along Seaton beach excruciating and the marshalls and crowds were excellent (despite frozen) all around the course. I'll be coming back again next year! Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Tough challenge, but brilliant atmosphere.. In full: The marshalls were second to none. They must have been freezing but also had a ready smile. It is the hardest run I have done but it has an atmosphere all of its own. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: What a challenge must be done. In full: 100% Concentration required very scenic very big hills. wet slippy muddy after 18miles just a breeze across the the peeble beach to the finish great atmosphere well organised.A big thank you to the marshals. Date of review: March 14, 2006