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 £425k has been donated to local and international charities.

Change of runner

UPDATE as at 26 February 2020 - please note that there is currently a problem with the change of runner form. Please complete the form as directed below and press submit. You will then see a message saying that there has been a problem. Please then click on the link at "this address" which opens a blank email message to Grizzly_Entries. Please cut and paste the change of runner details from the error page into the email message and send the email to us.

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 and submit the form found at the following link.

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

Please note there are NO deferral of places to future years.

Contact page

Update as at 26 February 2020 - there is currently a problem with the Contacts Page on the Axe Valley Runners website. Please email any queries directly to the race director at

Grizzly 2020 Hills aplenty

This year's Grizzly and Cub races will take place on Sunday 8th March 2020. They will be run according to the rules of The Association of Running Clubs, with a race permit number of ARC 20/039. This year's races are full and there is no official waiting list for spare places.

Race numbers

The race numbers have now been mailed out. On the outside of the envelope after the runner's name, your race number is printed in brackets. Please check this corresponds with the number inside and contact us if it differs. Please contact us if you haven't received your race number by 14th February. 

Please note that a letter is printed on each race number 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.

You are still able to change runner up until race day itself, but the old runner is now responsible for getting the race number to the new runner following a transfer and we still need to be advised of the new runner's details. We also still want to know any change of address or contact details, preferably before the race weekend to reduce congestion at Race HQ.

Please use the change of runner form found at the link in the section below to advise us of any changes.

Official charity partner - South West Coast Path Association

The Grizzly Committee has nominated the South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA) as our official charity partner for this year's race. Given that both the Grizzly and the Cub runners use part of the glorious South West Coast Path we wanted to support its continued protection and improvement. We will be donating one pound for each runner that completes the Grizzly or Cub events. To find out more about the SWCPA visit: 


The popular Grizquiz will again be held on the evening of Saturday 7thMarch 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 The Gateway. All profits will go towards The Gateway’s fundraising efforts to upgrade their lights to LED. Don’t miss this great fun social evening.

What's it 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.

Please be aware that both the 20 mile Grizzly and the 9 mile Cub present tough challenges over a multi-terrain route including bogs, streams, beaches, clifftops and ascents/descents up/down steep hills. We impose strict time cut-offs at various points around the course and please only enter and take part in the race if you are fit and healthy enough to do so.

Please view the following link to get a feeling as to what you will be signing up for:

Race information

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

Brief details of 2020 race

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

Grizzly/Cub race day will be Sunday 8 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.








£30 affiliated
£32 unaffiliated


Technical t-shirts

Cub Run


£20 affiliated
£22 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 2020 race. If you are not on the distribution list and wish to receive updates after the 2020 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

All it takes is all you've got.

Marc Davis