Grizzly organisers hand out £42,000

PUBLISHED: 12:07 01 May 2012

Grizzly cheques were handed out to many local charities this week.

Grizzly cheques were handed out to many local charities this week.


There were great celebrations at Beer Club on Friday evening when AVR were delighted to hand out a record sum of over £42,000 to 52 various groups who helped with this year’s Grizzly run as marshals, drink station helpers and various other jobs, plus three main donations to chosen charities, writes Dave Mutter.

On top of this AVR had previously paid £3,300 for a substantial upgrade to the footpath linking the Fountain Head at Branscombe to the main coastal path as part of the Grizzly strategy of bringing benefit to the local community.

The Seaton and District Hospital League of Friends were given the largest donation of £10,000 towards the Seaton Home Health Care Service that enables people to die peacefully in their own homes, instead of in an anonymous hospital ward. The service covers a large area in East Devon.

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust had £6,184 and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance received £3,000.

Add this year’s total to all that AVR had previously given away as a result of the Grizzly run and it brings the overall total to over £250,000 – yes a quarter of a million pounds. A cracking achievement for a small running club.

None of the Grizzlies would be possible without the hard work of a dedicated band of volunteers who form the committee.

For the last few years this has been led by AVR chairman Garry Perratt who puts in an unbelievable amount of work. Many thanks to all past and present members who have contributed to the great Grizzly success story.

●The June issue of Runners World available now has a two page article on this year’s event which was rated 100 per cent by fellow runners.

The Haldon Heartbeat in its second year of running attracted two AVR members. Although a bit wet and windy, running through beautiful woods and along scenic trails no one seemed to mind a bit of precipitation.

First AVR in was Eleanor Wood, fourth lady and first V55 in 1:03:50.

Close on her heels was Graham Newton, who had caught her at five miles but after a natter, dropped off the pace for a bit. Graham was timed in one second behind Eleanor who was pleased she had kept to her speed training schedule as there was a “last in buys the coffee” riding on it.

● Sunday morning was definitely destined to be a duvet day, as the weather was atrocious. However 31 hardy walkers and runners turned up for the Woody's 8 to self navigate a pretty route around Shute.

There were many soggy socks and T-shirts strewn around the hall at the end, but plenty of happy smiling faces munching on cakes and bacon butties. The event raised a massive £570 which is to be shared between Lam Action, Elf and Help for Heroes. Many thanks to our participants- what a hardy bunch - the cake makers, the bacon fryer and behind the scene crew and supporters. There was an optional bath (old bucket) with soap on a rope (courtesy of John Pearce) and a grungy dog towel to use at the end- They do it with style in Umborne.

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