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: 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: 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: Amazing, tough but extraordinarily fun In full: Well organised throughout, no problem with parking as had been expected.
Friendly encouraging marshals throughout, with lots of places for litter. Everyone really friendly, including entire villages who seem to come out for the event.
Course is really tough, starting on shingle certainly wasn't fun. So many hills and cliffs, and despite great views they hurt. Lots and lots of mud, and some bog, & all immensely fun. Large sections of walking as the terrain is simply not able to be run, and seemed to me more of an endurance event than a run.
Irrespective I would highly recommend this one... Well organised from start to finish, with heaps of fun and hard work inbetween! Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Great Race again course seems easier now. Still tough In full: Once again a great race my favourite and one i look forward to running. Nothing wrong on the day weather parking support course and t shirt all fantastic especially the t shirt. My only issue is with the ballot system to enter the race that they brought in this year. I felt it was needless and clearly open to abuse and it had caused the race director some ammount of stress judging by his emails etc. in my opinion i hate ballots they are never as fair as they make out and i know there is the reasoning that it gives everyone a chance to enter not just the quickest on the keyboard but if you really want to do a race or see a band and tickets go on sale at X time on X date then you make the effort to be near a computer at X time on X date and if it fills in 10min it just shows what a great race you already have at least you get the people doing it who really want to do it not just the casual people who just enter a ballot then end up swapping dropping out or not turning up. Great race hope its not ruined by the red tape this year had. Date of review: April 24, 2014
In short: Brutal and beautiful In full: I knew it would be tough, I knew the terrain and that there would be at least one muddy bog and that it would hurt and in all these respects, I certainly wasn't disappointed! It's taken nearly 2 weeks to recover from my efforts.
In the end I managed 69th and just under 3 hours which I was thrilled with on such a tough course but what a great race. The organisation was excellent including nice things like free parking in local pay & displays nearby, literally hundreds of marshals on the course along with bands, cheering locals and visitors the whole route and so much more including the Cub race (shorter version) and a great deal going on in Seaton the whole weekend not just race day.
If you want an exceptionally tough challenge, try and get a place in this one next year!
http://running.welcomebrand.co.uk/the-grizzly-race-2014-withering-heights/ Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Worth doing just for the atmosphere In full: This was my 4th Grizzly, the 3rd having been 12 years ago. I can not recommend this race highly enough, the atmosphere was superb, from the 200 marshals on the course to the spectators cheering us all on, this in itself makes the race a winner. Add in some mud, some hills, some bogs and some shingly beaches and this makes the whole event a very rewarding if tough challenge. To cap it all off, the technical t-shirt at the end was the nicest I have seen handed out at any race. Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: Fabulous event, Stunning scenery, Mad hills, great organisation In full: What a wonderfully epic event, hills, mud, beach,stunning scenery, great organisation, fabulous marshalls and musicians performing everywhere, but be warned it is also very hard ! Date of review: March 13, 2014