In short: Hard as nails but absolutely fantastic In full: Can't really add anything to what has already been said. Runners and supporters quite literally take over the whole town for a weekend with events. Shops, pubs, etc. all welcome people who are in a state they would usually be turned away and are interested in how you got on!!! The organisation is incredible. Every single marshall was smiling and encouraging. The course changes every year so it really keeps you guessing where next - but its never easy. This is my absolutely favourite race - thank you Gary and AVR, please please keep up the good work. Date of review: March 14, 2012
In short: This was my 1st attempt at the Grizzly & I can't wait to do it all again next year!!! In full: What a fantastic race! Very tough & challenging but extremely enjoyable at the same time. The organisation & marshals involved were fantastic and full of encouragement all the way around the course. The legendary bogs lived up to their reputation. The scenery was breathtaking, helped by the glorious weather. Great technical t-shirt & a very tasty 25th anniversary cake to all finishers was a nice touch. Well done to all involved. Date of review: March 13, 2012
In short: I loved it ( most of the time). I want to thank the runners and the policeman who helped me with my cramp at mile 19. Your encouragement and practricxal support got me to the finish and typified the spirit of the occasion. Brilliant! Date of review: March 13, 2012
In short: Best race of the year In full: I almost want to run this race down, just so I make sure I get my place in next years event... This is my favourite race of the year, and possibly my favourite weekend of the year too. From the superb organisation, the magnificent scenery, the challenge of the race, and even the superb weather this year, the Grizzly has no peers in my eyes. Its far more than a race now, with the whole weekend of events taking over Seaton. For all you road-runners plugged into ipods with music playing away, this is what running should be about. The camaraderee is sensational, runners chatting and laughing all way round, supporting each other. On top of all this the race makes large amounts of money for good causes. Well done AVR and Gary... Date of review: March 13, 2012
In short: this is one of the all time greats - please keep doing it and the axe valley runners! In full: Unbelievable weather for early March and a fantastic atmosphere with plenty of fellow hashers taking part. It was just as well there was less beach as the race was really tough in the warm conditions Sadly I was the author of my own poor time as hadn't done anywhere enough training and hadn't run for 4 weeks after a flu-virus plus It was too hot and I had terrible cramp (a very big thank you to the marshals for some impromptu on-course physiotherapy!) A massive thank you to the race director and the 500+ who were involved in the organisation of the this huge event. Even went in the sea after I had finished (chafed intimate areas and seawater don't mix as I found when I got out!!)
In short: One of a kind, a superb event. In full: As this was the 25th Grizzly and I did the first 7 or 8 until it got harder and I got older I 'only' did the cub run this year but what a race. I can honestly say it was probably the most enjoyable event I have ever taken part in after running for 30 years. Allthough the route strays through some pretty remote areas you kept meeting little groups of really enthusiastic spectators which was a great lift. Thanks to Axe Valley Runners and all involved in organising this event especially Gary Parrett. The sunny day didn't detract either, and I have the pink head to prove it! Date of review: March 12, 2012
In short: A fantastic, challenging, hilly, muddy race. Proper hardcore. Loved it! In full: Superb weather,beautiful location,brilliantly organised. I challenging body aching race, but so glad i did it. Loads of water stations, jelly babies a plently. Really friendly runners of all ages and from far and wide. Loved the finish and firemen to boot. Date of review: March 12, 2012
In short: Leg-smashingly perfect. The most fun I've had in any event ever. In full: This race is designed to be tough and it excels! This is not a corporate pretender 'hard man' event, this is 20.5 miles of the real thing - as nature intended, with stunning views to match.
The organisation is impressive and flawless, so much so I believe they may have even been responsible for arranging the glorious sunshine.
It's the people that make this race truly special, the countless grinning marshals, bagpipe players, bands, drummers, banners, signs, amazing support, and silly comments nailed to trees. A sense of humour flows from every pore of this race.
It would also seem that every jelly baby in the UK was sent to Devon and handed out by every marshal and grinning kid all the way around. I swear I finished the race heavier than when I started! :-)
When you do finally finish (I didn't want to) you get a great technical T-shirt and the option of getting hosed down by the fire brigade or running straight into the sea.
Oh, and the icing on the cake was an individual handmade cupcake iced with the number '25' to mark the anniversary of this event. Almost too good to eat I thought as I stuffed it into my face whilst running into the sea....