Grizzly 2014 a massive success on, and off, the testing course
PUBLISHED: 16:25 11 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:25 11 March 2014
What a Cracker of a Grizzly! Who would have thought a couple weeks ago that Grizzly day would be such perfect weather – or was it Alan ‘The Gadget’ Morbey, AVR’s Met Office ‘insider’ perhaps tweaking a few weather knobs, writes Dave Mutter.
The race, entitled ‘Withering Heights’ featured heath and cliff and certainly lived up to its multi-test terrain race with beaches, roads, tracks, soft sloping fields with the usual piece de resistance – a couple of bogs!
It was like eating a fine diner with the early mud entrée being in a lane and a field with about a six-inch layer of mud, the next course was Beckam Wood where it got a tad wetter and deeper, then came the Main Course delight - a two-foot deep load of squelchy bog.
The sweet was the next bog and finally the run along Hooken Beach with a climb up the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ before arriving back in Seaton to rapturous applause from the massed throng of spectators rounded off the event – maybe followed by a post-race massage by Guy Sweetman and the East Devon Sports therapy gang.
After last year’s Grizzly there was a bit of a downer with long serving race director Garry Perratt standing down and for a while the Grizzly future looked uncertain, but along came Dave Thomas to take the lead and he has had a baptism of fire with the rotten weather causing havoc.
Dave battled through all the mishaps and deserves our sincere and heartfelt thanks for making this year’s event run so smoothly. As usual the 300 odd marshals on the course were singled out for praise by the runners for their encouragement and Jelly Babies, plus a superb banquet at Hole House supplied by the N1 Tri club.
There were 1541 finishers in the 19.7 mile Grizzly and Ceri Rees of Wild Running was the victor taking only 2:20:13.
He pulled away early on and maintained a clear lead throughout the race. He received get a signed copy of a new book by Richard Askwith entitled Running Free, which in his words is ‘a celebration of the kind of running that involves getting muddy, wet and lost’ as well as one of the superb trophies hand crafted by Dave Braunton of Quick’s Engineering Axminster.
Second was Rick Weston from Serpentine RC who overhauled AVR’s Patrick Devine-Wright in the final stages of the race with Weston’s time 2:23:39 and devine-Wright finishing in 2:25:18.
AVR runners were fourth and fifth in the forms of Tim Lenton (2:28:24) and Liam Roberts (2:30:09).
Lucy MacAlister of Bristol and West AC was the ladies winner, sixth overall in a remarkable 2:30:17. Clare Prosser from Wells City Harriers was second lady, 21st overall in 2:42:02 and Sarah Morwood of Mudcrew ultra team third lady, 30th overall, 2:45:27.
Many runners transferred to the shorter Cub run with 415 finishing and was won by Arran Tocknell of Torbay AAC in 1:02:53, with Graham Robinson of Sandhurst Joggers seconf, 1:02:53 and Benfleet RC’s Jez Mancer third, 1:03:11. Michelle Moore of South Devon AC was the first lady cub finisher, 10th overall, 1:13:14. Hannah Brown from Exmouth Harries second, 1:16:23 and Maggie Hunt third, 1:19:11 whilst 17-year-old Christian Goddard was the first junior, 11th overall in 1:14:51.
There were 50 runners from AVR that finished the Grizzly, many producing excellent results, those outside the top five were: Matthew Clist 19, 2:40:47; Alex Todd 43, 2:49:40; Simon Bayliss 44, 2:50:19; James Green 50, 2:52:01; Martin Lascelles 70, 2:56:13; Rupert Pady 87, 2:58:54; James Trewick 92, 3:00:15; Lin Lascelles 111, 3:02:52; Jonathan Day 232, 3:20:34; Eleanor Wood 237, 3:21:15; Patrick Kinsella 311, 3:27:45; Shaun Denslow 345, 3:31:51; Tony Wood 355, 3:32:45; Roger Bramley 360, 3:33:20; Ian Apps 388, 3:35:07; Murat James Guler 406, 3:36:45; Geoff Woodward 412, 3:37:00; Mark Nevell 415, 3:37:13; Clare Hansford 474, 3:41:04; Stephen Reynolds 514, 3:44:18; Steven Lewis 529, 3:45:21; Emma Kiernan 538, 3:45:41; Ian Clements 629, 3:51:32; John Larcombe 637, 3:52:06; Anna McLoughlin 655, 3:53:23; Alan Morbey 678, 3:55:00; Margaret Pearce 750, 4:00:08; James Sibley 818, 4:05:49; Matthew Morbey 821, 4:06:02; Chris Hill 843, 4:06:53; Mark Hilder 873, 4:09:20; Simon Davey 883, 4:10:22; Dave Mutter 912, 4:12:43; Heather Lowman-Riggs 941, 4:16:00; Jacqueline Rees-Lee 1011, 4:21:14; Christopher Driver 1028, 4:22:25; Dan Ayling 1087, 4:25:40; Stephen Morton 1138, 4:29:06; Neal Baker 1147, 4:29:32; Richard Nobes 1160, 4:30:43; Janette Mack 1213, 4:37:15; Jessica Tubbs 1229, 4:39:54; Alison Gould 1230, 4:39:56; Susan Tubbs 1316, 4:49:26; Carol Goddard 1317, 4:49:30; Tracey Anning-Beckett 1329, 4:51:02; Andrew Smart 1330, 4:51:04; Angela Kerr 1464, 5:17:39; Gill Day 1473, 5:25:13; Martin Kerr 1486, 5:29:45;
Twenty AVR’s finished the cub run and they were: Andrew Watson, 9, 1:13:00; Carol Austin, 20, 1:21:26; Alison Bowskill, 62, 1:34:16; Emma Lewis, 108, 1:42:13; Bethany Sibley, 118, 1:43:38; Steven Maclure, 119, 1:43:40; Wayne Toole, 132, 1:44:41; Janet Cullum, 182, 1:50:54; Jane Calvert, 186, 1:51:18; Diane Newton, 234, 1:57:39; Jayne Aplin, 241, 1:58:21; Chantelle Osborn, 272, 2:00:45; Alice Lloyd, 273, 2:00:51; Amie Sibley, 305, 2:05:32; Rebecca Lippett, 310, 2:06:03; Kirstin Harwood, 311, 2:06:07; Michael Barry, 353, 2:12:37; Debbie Payne, 386, 2:24:00; Michael Claydon, 387, 2:24:06; Liz Thomas, 398, 2:31:57.
Many AVR’s did not run having essential jobs to do like putting up and clearing all those road signs which was done by Tim Sibley, Paul Johns, Phil Bayliss, Paul Tolchard and members of N1Tri Club. The Backmarkers were Marilyn Hughes and Emma Ellyn for Cub and Jim Jackson, Alan Knight and Robin Carter for Grizzly and numerous people involved in timekeeping and results.
Off course it’s a big thank you to all the landowners that let us romp over their land – much of which had trees blown down during the storms, but a special mention to the Sellick family on Branscombe beach for going over and above their normal help by building the pebble “ramp” down to the beach after the sea swept away six foot of cliff.
A big thank you to all sponsors, the main one’s being Scimitar Sports, East Devon Sports Therapy and Injury Clinic and Everys solicitors and thanks to everyone who helped in any way.
So that’s it for Grizzly 2014 – bring on next years event!
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