Large crowds cheer on The Grizzly runners

PUBLISHED: 09:43 11 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:50 13 March 2019

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010235. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010235. Picture: Terry Ife

Archant

Seaton packed for the annual race

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010237. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010237. Picture: Terry Ife

The sun shone, the wind blew very hard and more than 2,000 runners set off from Seaton seafront on Sunday (March 10) to complete one of the country’s toughest multi-terrain races.

The Grizzly weekend once again lived up to all expectations with thousands flocking to the resort to enjoy this year’s ‘Trails of the Unexpected’.

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010241. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010241. Picture: Terry Ife

Although there was no return of last year’s Beast from the East blizzard conditions, the ferocious north westerly wind meant a minor change to the course to avoid one very exposed path at Berry Barton.

The rest of the tough, undulating course remained the same including the infamous bogs, river, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and Under Hooken cliffs.

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010247. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010247. Picture: Terry Ife

The full Grizzly runners completed a just over 19 miles route with the Cub participants running a tough nine miles across Beer Head to Branscombe mouth.

Across the whole weekend Seaton came to life with Grizzly fever.

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010250. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010250. Picture: Terry Ife

On Saturday the parkrun recorded its record number of finishers with 286 running, jogging or walking the free 5k along the Esplanade.

Many had come in their Grizzly T-shirts from years gone by and the prize for the oldest went to Richard Lodge, sporting the very first Grizzly top from 20 years ago.

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010251. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010251. Picture: Terry Ife

In the afternoon records were smashed again with more than 400 children taking part in the Grizfest races.

Shops, cafes and restaurants all joined in with windows dressed and special Grizzly offers available.

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010253. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010253. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizfest quiz was once again hugely popular filling up long before the big day.

Sunday’s race attracted visitors from as far away as Chicago, Poland and the Netherlands as well as across the UK. The full Grizzly was won by Ceri Rees, of Wild Running, in a brilliant time of 2:19.37 with David Green, from Northampton Road Runners, in second in 2:20.28. Tim Lenton took the first Axe Valley Runner prize with his fourth place in 2:25.13. First woman was Mary Menon from Ilfracombe RC in 2:33.15 with Lucy MacAlister of Bristol and West second in 2:34.46.

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010258. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010258. Picture: Terry Ife

In the Cub women’s race there was a hugely impressive victory for Catie O’Donoghue of Bristol and West who was also fifth overall. First man was Ben Chesters from Sidmouth RC.

The prizes were awarded by representatives of the key sponsors, Lyme Bay Winery and East Devon Sports Therapy and General Injury Clinic along with John Barrington-Rowell, president of the Axe Valley Runners, the club behind the Grizzly.

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010262. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010262. Picture: Terry Ife

Organisers have praised the generous landowners and the hundreds of marshals.

Funds raised from the Grizzly will be distributed to local community groups and charities.

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010264. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010264. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010265. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010265. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010270. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010270. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010271. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010271. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010273. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010273. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010275. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010275. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010278. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010278. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010279. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010279. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010281. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010281. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010284. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010284. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010285. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010285. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010287. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010287. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010288. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010288. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010292. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010292. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010294. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010294. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010297. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010297. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010299. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010299. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010301. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010301. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010305. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010305. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010307. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010307. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010310. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010310. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010311. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010311. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010314. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010314. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010315. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010315. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010317. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010317. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010319. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010319. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010322. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010322. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010327. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010327. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010329. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010329. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010331. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010331. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010332. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010332. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010334. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010334. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010336. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010336. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010342. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010342. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010344. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010344. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010346. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010346. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010348. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010348. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010355. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010355. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010356. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010356. Picture: Terry Ife

The Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010359. Picture: Terry IfeThe Grizzly 2019. Ref mha 11 19TI 2019 1010359. Picture: Terry Ife

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Midweek Herald

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists