In short: Bloody tough but bloody brilliant, In full: Awesome race. So so hard but most enjoyable run I've done and very satisfying.
* First half mile along the beach. * Two chaps with guitars singing 'I will walk 500 miles' which could be heard for miles around their 4 mile point. * Second beach, river number one and drummers. * Man on his own, in full scottish dress playing the bagpipes. * Three chaps with a shrine for something playing the bongos and digeridoo. * Running through thigh high mud that sapped the energy completely. * Running through the pub beer garden with more live music and loads of (drunk??) enthuasiastic support. * Two more bagpipers. * Back along the beach with the drummers. * Up a stupidly long set of steps to the top of the cliff path. * The final half a mile along the beach.
I could go on and on.
Would definately like to go back next year.
Final bonus: I now own my first piece of pink clothing! Date of review: March 10, 2010
In short: Brilliant Grizzly yet again. In full: Another brilliant jaunt on the south Devon coast. One of the tougher ones, I thought all the subtle little hilss in the first half were particularly tiring. Shame the timing didn't work but I always go on my placing in the Grizzly. Got 13th March 2011 pencilled in already. Date of review: March 10, 2010
In short: Brilliant. outstanding in its field/bog In full: 3rd time of doing the Grizzly, and as usual, it was fantastic. Marshalls and musicians were great, thankyou. It's a tough old race but worth every blister/ache/sprain. ps lovin the pink T shirt! Date of review: March 10, 2010
In short: Hills, hills and more hills In full: This is my second go at this race and I love it. Can't really call it a race as you just want to get to the other side. Brilliant day will be back! Date of review: March 10, 2010
In short: Real mean do wear pink! In full: I honestly can't remember when I enjoyed a race as much
Organisation was terrific, a marshall on every corner it seemed; apparently there were over 300 and they even managed to organise perfect blue skies.
I've heard a lot about the Grizzly from club mates but as an ultra runner I thought they were exagerating how tough it was. They weren't. It really was tough, but that is what made it for me; I mean, no point driving 200 miles for a glorified cros-country is there? This race really is in a class of its own, now I want to go back next year and do it again in bad weather (I suspect I may have a few issues).
Gripes, not really, they had problems with timing, but that's not a big deal in this sort of race. I wasn't convinced about this year's pink T-shirt, but its starting to grow on me. "Real men can wear pink"
I see the organisers are thinking of chip timing next year. My advice to them is don't (look at what happened at the Sussex beacon half)its not a PB race so chips are not essential. I can also see chips disappearing in bogs etc. Just keep doing what you've been doing and the organisers will do just fine.
I can't recommend this race highly enough Date of review: March 9, 2010
In short: Very Very Hard with Beautifull Devon Scenery & Happy Marshalls in the sunshine.... In full: The weather was good for a day on the coast with perfect running conditions .......so they made sure the courses were as hard as possible !! I can see why this race is so raved about and now understand why they don't have any Finishers only Survivors. Date of review: March 9, 2010
In short: Hardest but THE Best In full: This year's course hardest yet but absolutely fantastic. It just gets better and better. Marshalls are incredible, so friendly and encouraging. Organisation is second to none. Date of review: March 9, 2010
In short: Awesome, incredibly hard but great fun! and the fantastic weather was the icing on the cake In full: If there was ever a book called 10 runs to do before you die, this would be number 1, my second Grizzly and hardest of the 2 by far, only one disappointment, where was the beer stop? Or did I just miss it? Oh yes, I was really glad the Stairway to Heaven was included, missed it in 2006 due to bad weather Date of review: March 8, 2010