The Grizzly 2014
Grizzly 2014 entries
Grizzly 2014 will be on Sunday 9th March and follow the usual format, subject to approval of road closures and other traffic matters from the local highway authority and police. Rumours about its potential demise were well-founded but the race's future is secure with new race director Dave Thomas who is very capable and is an excellent man for the job. Don't give him grief if you don't agree with any decisions, almost all of which are made, or at least ratified, by the race committee. I will remain involved as advisor, timekeeper and other roles.
The entry fees will be £28 for the Grizzly and £18 for the Cub Run, both plus £2 for unaffiliated runners. The organising committee put a lot of work into the event and like their efforts to have a lasting benefit in helping many local charitable organisations as well as meeting the primary target of staging an outstanding race.
The route will not change substantially after next year's race for at least a few years to make our life easier. I believe that at least a quarter of the planning leading up to race week is due to the course changing each year and that is not sustainable.
Given the exceptional and increasing demand for places in the race, we wouldn't be surprised if first-come, first-served entries closed in under ten minutes. This isn't fair on those who can't be at a computer as soon as they open, nor does it allow postal entries, so we will be offering next year's places by lottery. You will need to register with complete details, but no payment, during August, opening sometime on Sat 27th July and closing 9am Sunday 1st September. The draw will be made and runners notified of success or failure that day. Successful runners will be given one week to pay (either by card on the entry website or by cheque) after which their places will be lost (unless agreed in advance e.g. being away) and they may be banned from future Grizzlies - only enter the lottery if you are committed to doing the race.
Groups of up to 20 entering together (i.e. one runner adding the others' details) can choose to be drawn as one (so that either all get in or none do) but there will only be one place in the draw for the entire group so that the chances of any one runner being drawn don't depend upon how they enter. (If any statistician believes this not to be true the please let me know.) This is offered for couples, groups travelling a long distance, etc. who only want to run if they all get a place, but the default will be for all runners to be drawn individually. Anyone identified entering the lottery more than once will be disqualified from the draw and may be banned from future Grizzlies.
We appreciate that this approach is likely to upset some runners but the race committee has considered the options and chosen what we all feel is the fairest approach so please don't complain to us about it.
Once entries have closed the usual system will apply - no waiting list, refunds or deferrals but changes of runner will be accepted.
You must agree to abide by these rules in order to enter, or to accept a place from someone else:
Our policy on places, transfers, refunds, etc.
We sometimes receive complaints that we should give Grizzly regulars priority when entries open. We have also received complaints that we should give newcomers priority. We clearly can't please both bodies of runners. Our policy is simple: no one gets priority.
If you are looking for a place in the Grizzly once entries close or have a place but can't use it then I'm afraid that we can't help much.
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
Replay the race
|1989||?||No shirt||Torment Ten|
|1991||?||Green||Hillocks and Rowlocks|
|1992||?||Light blue||Eye of the Storm|
|1993||?||White||Sting of the Butterfly|
|1994||?||Light grey||Magical Memory Jog|
|1995||?||Dark blue||The Nightmare Returns|
|1996||?||Yellow||Revenge of the Lemmings|
|1997||£1K||Royal blue||Apocalypse, Yes!|
|1998||£3K||Grey||Flight of Fancy|
|1999||£4K||Black||Insanity and In Health|
|2000||£9K||Dark maroon||Another Brick in the Wall|
|2001||£9K||Tan||A Race Oddity|
|2002||£9K||Yellow||The Joker in the Pack|
|2003||£9K||Purple?||The Jurassic Jaunt|
|2004||£15K||Dark blue?||Infinity and Beyond|
|2005||£17K||Off white||One Thousand Steps For Mankind|
|2007||£23K||Light green||Armageddon NowHere|
|2008||£15K||Dark green||Armageddon Again|
|2009||£29K||Black||Trails And Tribulations|
|2010||£18K||Pink||Beauty and the Beach|
|2011||£22K||Tan||Valley of the Bogs|
|2012||£42K||Royal blue||Every Hill Has A Silver Lining|
|2013||£30K||Orange||Grime And Punishment|
Sport has to be the most convergent of all human activies because athletes know that there is no fundamental difference between body, mind and spirit.
To be truly great, an athlete must develop all three together, exercise them all together and bring the strength of all three to bear on the contest.
Only then is greatness possible and only then does victory have universal meaning because it reflects the fullness and richness of the human heart.
- Mohammed Ali.