The Grizzly is organised by a group of volunteer members of Axe Valley Runners, with any surplus proceeds being donated to various charities each year. Since the first running of the Grizzly in 1988, more than £394k has been donated to local and international charities.

Grizzly 2019 – Trails of the Unexpected

Grizzly at 10:30 on Sunday 10th March, Grizfest races from 14:15 on Saturday 9th March

Held under ARC rules (permit number ARC 19/079).

Update on 8th February 2019

Race numbers 

Race numbers will be mailed to runners during the week commencing 11th February. The address list was "frozen" as at 6th February 2019 so race numbers will be sent to the mailing address of runners registered as at that date. Any runners changing numbers after that date will have to arrange themselves for the race number to be passed onto the new runner. 

Race t-shirts

Just a reminder that the size of the race t-shirt was selected by the original runner when they entered the ballot and can't be changed prior to the race. An area will be made available in race HQ for runners to exchange t-shirts after the race and we may consider setting up an area near the finish line for runners to exchange t-shirts with the race organisers after 5pm on race day (subject to factors such as availability of spare t-shirts and the weather).

Update on 21st January 2019

Race numbers

These are expected to be mailed out to runners to be received by mid-February. Please note that a letter is printed on each race number and on the goody bag which corresponds to the t-shirt size to be handed out to you. These letters do NOT abbreviate to the size that you will receive. Please do NOT amend the letter that is written on your race number.

We will let you know when the numbers have been mailed out.

Change of runners

We will “freeze” the entry list in our database on Saturday 2nd February so that race numbers will be sent to the individuals entered in the race at that point. You will still be able to change runners up until race day itself, but if the change of runner is processed after 2nd February, then the old runner will be responsible for physically getting the race number sent to the new runner. Therefore, if you are planning to transfer your place or change race (Grizzly to Cub, or vice versa) but haven’t notified us yet, then please do so before 2.00 pm on Saturday 2nd February.  Please use the change of runner form on this website.  

Change of address

Please note that if you have moved house since entering the Grizzly in October 2018 and haven’t notified us about your change of address, then your race number will be sent to your old address. Please therefore tell us before 2.00 pm on Saturday 2nd February if you have moved or expect to move house before race day. 


The popular Grizquiz will again be held on the evening of Saturday 9th March at The Gateway, Seaton Town Hall, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Teams of 6 max, licensed bar (including bar snacks), prizes for winning team. Get your tickets from The Gateway box office, £5 per person, either by phoning the box office on 01297 625699 or online through their website at All profits will go towards The Gateway’s fundraising efforts to buy new chairs. Don’t miss this great fun social evening and please book early to avoid disappointment.

Race information

Please read the full race information on the Race Info page on this website.

Change of runners

If for any reason you are unable to take part in the Grizzly or Cub, we allow you to pass your place to another runner. You must find a replacement yourself and complete the form at the link below.

This form can be used if you want to change from the Grizzly to the Cub or vice versa.  

Please note there are NO deferrals.  

Brief details of 2019 race

Please do not train on any private land used by the Grizzly unless you have permission to do so.

Grizfest entries will open after the ballot has been drawn.

Grizzly/Cub race day will be Sunday 10 March.

Details of the course for this year’s race will be provided in due course. The race will again start on Seaton seafront, a bit under 20 miles (9 miles for the Cub run), tough, hilly, some cliff paths with drops to the side, both mud and water potentially up to waist deep but nearly a third tarmac.

This is a running race with enforced shortcuts and time cutoffs. If you've not done it before then we suggest that you read the race info page so you know what you're letting yourself in for.








£28 affiliated
£30 unaffiliated


Technical t-shirts

Cub Run


£18 affiliated
£20 unaffiliated


Technical t-shirts

Note that "affiliated" means being a member of a club which is affiliated to either the Association of Running Clubs or to England Athletics (or their other home country equivalents). You do not need to have a competition license.

The Cub Run is intended for less able runners, who may find the full Grizzly a bit too challenging. Please ensure that you fully read the rules regarding time cutoffs before assessing your abilities and deciding which race to enter.

Our policy on places, transfers, refunds, deferrals etc. is specified in the Policy tab, so please don’t ask about it.

Grizzly email distribution list

If you have previously subscribed to receive general email updates about the Grizzly, the next updates are not expected to be sent until after the 2019 race. If you are not on the distribution list and wish to receive updates after the 2019 event then please email

As part of the new GDPR privacy regulations, we have to ask for your confirmation to be included on the Grizzly distribution list and receive general information and updates about the Grizzly and Cub races via email after 25th May 2018. If you would like to be included on this list, then please send an email to from the email address that you would like to be included on the list. You will then receive a welcome email although this may take a few days to be processed and sent to you (please also check your junk folder). 

Please note that the Grizzly privacy policy can be found at

For all Grizzly GDPR and privacy queries, please send an email to

To unsubscribe from the list at any time, please send an email to

What it's all about

Twentyish muddy, hilly, boggy, beachy miles of the multiest-terrain running experience you will find this side of the end of time. It's by no means the toughest race around (honestly!), has changed over the years and nearly died on a few occasions, but hundreds of you keep coming back for more so we must still be getting it right. Whatever it isn't, it is an experience.

I have run in a few races but have never been in a race that manages to create physical challenge whilst taking a sideways glance at running, allowing all involved to emerge with a crooked grin on their face! - A Grizzly runner.

All it takes is all you've got.

Marc Davis