Exe to Axe 20 miler

exe to axe v the grizzly ? ?

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06/03/2013 at 20:18
Hi all thinking of doing this one for training for the exmoor ultra .Amy tips looks very hilly AM doing the grizzly 4th time this year is it harder than the grizzly ....
06/03/2013 at 20:34
fair play kittenkat it looks a great run think will enter .good training for the wall run as well .thanks.
07/03/2013 at 08:46

When you say the Exmoor ultra, is that the Endurancelife one? The Exe to Axe is a great race but I have not done the Grizzly

07/03/2013 at 09:00
Yes sideburn think on the 13th April 34 miles.
07/03/2013 at 10:00

Blakester - will let you know on Monday!  Did the Exe to Axe a few years back, and really enjoyed it, loved the hills - Branscombe sticks in my mind!

Doing the Grizzly on Sunday so will let you know! 

TBH - for the price and the crowds would rather do Exe to Axe, but cannot this year due to other races so went for the Grizzly. That is speaking before the run, so I may change my view!

07/03/2013 at 10:06
Hi running bench am doing the grizzly 2.really like the grizzly but sold out really fast last year.
07/03/2013 at 15:39
blakester wrote (see)
Yes sideburn think on the 13th April 34 miles.

I am doing the marathon; I have just been out and done the 10k course this morning this is the first 10k of the marathon and the first and last 10k of the ultra. If you have not done the course before you need to do your homework. I think it is a brilliant course but brutally hard if you get your pace wrong... I cannot wait!

08/03/2013 at 20:36
Hi sideburn have to look on website for map of course sounds difficult to follow ?
Good luck Sunday running bench hope you enjoy the mud looks like its going to be a wet one & cold one...
09/03/2013 at 04:26

I found the route a little awkward but worked it out wih an ordanance survey 1:25,000 (OL9). Look at the 10k course, that is your 1st and last 10k. This 10k event was won in just under 1 hour last year. It is hard with a series of climbs and descents up to 300m. The 10k before the last 10k is a series of undulations which are deceptive ie you think you are at the top, go round a corner and go up again! Very demoralising when you know you have to run up to 300m again! If you are able to scout out the course; especially the last 20k of it, do it. This is home turf for me so any problems let me know and I will do what I can.

09/03/2013 at 15:34
Cheers sideburn looks like the exe to axa will be a great training run then . Are you training for a long run ? Never liked running hills but don't mind them now,I'm not fast but steady Eddie....
10/03/2013 at 04:22

I think ultras are all about steady and good pacing. Next long one for me is in the Welsh Black Mountains.... ahhhh! 23rd of March; nice little birthday present to myself! http://www.mightcontainnuts.com/events/welsh_ultra_running_series/index_ultra_one.html

Rode round the course last week it seems easier than the Exmoor; it is higher but there are less hills than Exmoor! 

11/03/2013 at 13:10

I did it the same time as Kittencat. Effortwise I'd say it is as tough as the Grizzly. No bogs or stuff but more climb. I did dehydrate on the run, if I ever do it again I'll use a Camelback.

There are a couple of navigational issues, but keep the sea on your right and you will get there in the end.

Still at Seaton there are several excellent fish and chip shops and you can have a pint or two in the Hook and Parrot.

11/03/2013 at 19:19
Good luck Sunday sideburn had a quick look looks good .grizzly went good very cold & muddy but done a good time .reading half for me Sunday ...
Thanks seela really looking forward to the run now legs bit stiff from the grizzly but be back out tomorrow doing 12 with headtouch on.
23/03/2013 at 16:41
Goodluck today sideburn hope run is on.did a good 24mile run today with some good trail hills,may print out route map and have a look got to do 16 next sat.or if I get Monday or Tuesday off will see.
24/03/2013 at 14:20

Thank you blakester; I needed the luck! The weather was amazing and I have only just got home! I spent last night under canvas! My fingers and toes are still tingling! I have just posted this under "Rubbish weather" so apologies, but you get the idea!

My race wasn't cancelled  Which is almost a bit strange because it was in the Black mountains in Wales! We looned about in snow drifts, ice-fields, mud-slides, dirt-tracks that looked like small lakes, paths that looked like streams. I was as happy as a pig in s**t! Full credit to the organisers, Might Contain Nuts for going the extra mile. They upgraded the kit list, provided weather reports and revised the route at the last minute. I bet a few organisers would have relied on their cancellation clause and gone to the pub to count their money; but not them. I am feeling a little second hand at the moment! A bit of roast lamb should sort me out

I could not believe that some of the marshals were able to stay at a few hundred meters in a blizzard and not die! I would have been very p'ed off if they had cancelled but I would have accepted it as conditions were extreme. A good present to myself! Not everyone's cup of tea but just nuts to me! (pun intended). Sounds like you are well on the way with your training, but don't overdo it!

25/03/2013 at 19:51
Sounds like you had fun sideburn will check it out next year . I just fancy doing more harder runs now more fun and challenging looking forward to the exe to axe then the exmoor ultra which I got to do a 30miler on my training plan.just need the sun to come out ..
30/03/2013 at 21:16

Exe to Axe is a really good event. Hope it stays under the radar of most runners as the Grizzly is a bit of a scrum. This run is everything that the Endurance Life Runs offer without the price tag. You will be advised to take some food but there are several shops on the route . I especially like the cheep bus from finish to the start at the beginning of the race

31/03/2013 at 12:56
Hi ian ... Really looking forward to the race hope the weather stays dry . Hope to run in road trainers if dry...are you running.
31/03/2013 at 19:56

I will be there. Trail shoes would be better even if it is dry. At times you will be running down very steep slopes so the extra grip will help. Some of the slopes are steep grass which can be slippery even if dry.

03/04/2013 at 20:20
Thanks ian will get trail trainers out do we have to run up the stairway to heaven like the grizzly ... Good luck Sunday have a great run.looking forward to it.
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