Arrrggh here I go again. I love the Grizzly. I have done it for the last 2 years. It is my favourite event and I was planning to use it as the perfect warm up for London Mara. Needless to say my "Ballot Failure" arrived this evening. (As it did last year!) I'm sure (that just like last year) I'll find a place eventually but if anyone has a place that is surplus to requirements please put me at the top of the list! Thanks
I ran Dublin last year, great event, well organised. Fairly good support in pockets. Some quiet sections and a drag along the main road (Think dual carriageway!) towards the end which totally sapped me. I managed 3:16 last year which after a 1:27 first half was a bit of a disappointment. Last 6 miles was murder, ended up doing the survival shuffle. I have cracked a 3:03 since then in Taunton so hoping for good things....
The course has changed a bit since last year. The course now seems to steer clear from the centre of the city for the first 5 miles or so. Last year we did a loop of trinity college and then straight up O'connell street, over the river and past the spire before heading west towards the phoenix park. This year we are heading along the southside bank of the river before crossing over into phoenix park. Call me cynical, but I should imagine that it's a cheaper option not to close O'connell street which is the main artery into the city centre. Seems a shame not to take the run past what is one of the city's major sights (The spire!)
There is a steady climb between mile 3 and 4 which wont seem to be too bad but may come back to haunt you if you take it too quick! A bit of an upwards drag at the halfway point and then another steady hillock at the 20 mile-ish point. I live and train in Cornwall so welcome hills, long flat stretches kill me, simply not accustomed to them!
The finish line in Merrion Square was buzzing last year, great atmosphere and lets face it...is there a better city in the world to celebrate in. It's also the Bram Stoker festival on the bank hol weekend so expect some ghosts and ghoulies around the castle area!