AVR hand out monies raised at the 2013 Grizzly

PUBLISHED: 16:12 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:12 30 April 2013

The Grizzly presentation evening by AVR runners at Beer

The Grizzly presentation evening by AVR runners at Beer

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There was an air of expectant anticipation at Beer Club last Saturday evening as representatives from over 60 various organisations waited to collect donations from AVR for their help during this year's Grizzly, writes Dave Mutter.

You had to be there to appreciate how the Grizzly and running in general has gone from having a somewhat quirky reputation (who are these nutters running all over the place?) to now being just one of those things you expect to be happening!

After club chairman and race director Garry Perratt gave the introductory speech it was over to Marshal Maestro Rick Wood to hand out donations to water station helpers and marshalling groups. Then Mark Hilder presented donations to those who helped around the Seaton area during the event. Each representative gave a short explanation on how the money would be spent, with most helping the local community in some way. Altogether this year £30,000 was handed out, with the Flamingo Pool at Axminster receiving a special donation of £5,000. This now means that a total of £273,000 charity donations have been generated by the Grizzly in its 26 years of existence.

After the donations were handed out, a somewhat reluctant Garry Perratt was thrown into the spotlight with a special presentation to thank both him and his wife Marie for his seven years as race director.

During this era the complexity and regulations for putting on events have increased enormously resulting in Garry having hardly any life other than work and Grizzly. He will remain as the club chairman, but has now handed the Grizzly reins into the very capable hands of Dave Thomas and the Grizzly Committee.

We wish them all well and look forward to next years event with great excitement.

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