All set for Grizzly

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

March 9 marks this year's Grizzly, well known as one of the toughest and most demanding running races on the off road calendar.

March 9 marks this year's Grizzly, well known as one of the toughest and most demanding running races on the off road calendar. Starting at 10:30am on Seaton seafront, over 2,000 runners from all over the UK and Europe will set off on this incredible experience. Runners will cover 20 miles of shingle, extreme hills, rivers and waist deep bogs. During the race they will climb the equivalent of Snowdon and face all that the seasonal weather can throw at them. They will be serenaded by seven sets of musical artists ranging from drum players to a lone piper. They will have the chance to visit a runner's memorial on the route which by the end of the day will be covered in the favours of running clubs from across the land. There is also a shrine where people can spend a moment in silent contemplation before confronting some of the more extreme obstacles such as the bogs or the aptly named heartbreak hill.This will be the 21st running of the event.There will be three former winners of the race taking part including last year's defending champion from Germany, Frank Zimmer. This year he will be proudly wearing the number 1. The first woman runner last year Donna McEwen will also be defending her title wearing number 263.Local running clubs will be well represented so there will be plenty to look out for and support on the day. But save a special cheer for race director Garry Perratt - he will be wearing the number 0. He is not only responsible for much of the organisation of this great event but intends to run the course by torchlight the previous evening to ensure all is well with his course design!Should you want to watch this incredible event then make your way to Seaton for the 10.30am start or two hours later for the the finish. There are vantage points in Beer and Branscombe but get there early as traffic congestion is always a problem as roads can be closed.

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