Exmouth Harriers embrace a very testing Grizzly event

PUBLISHED: 16:04 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 20 March 2018

Grizzly Run 2018. Ref mhsp 12 18TI 2018 9721. Picture: Terry Ife

Grizzly Run 2018. Ref mhsp 12 18TI 2018 9721. Picture: Terry Ife

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The Grizzly run, organised by Axe Valley Runners, is a special event, writes Cathy Newman.

If you are prepared to suffer discomfort, it is the one for you.

Never was that more so than for its 31st year!

The Beast from the East met the Grizzly, and it was quite a battle.

The Grizzly won, of course, when, despite the snow, a truncated course and frozen marshals (and water at the drinks stations), 1,600 runners set off and all came back.

Grizzly Race Director Tony Smith and his team deserve warm praise for their fortitude and faith in their fellow runners, which was given many times en route, particularly when navigating Beer Head in the strong winds and driving snow.

Once again there was a good attendance by a strong contingent of hardy Exmouth Harriers, with Sam Kelly leading the charge in a magnificent third place followed by brother James in 22nd.

Dave Stone was 40th with Hannah Bown just behind in 44th overall, second female and just a few seconds ahead of brother Chris.

Richard Bishop was 100th, Steve Toomy 105th, Craig Butler 322nd, Laura Newcombe 416th, Ben White 417th, Emma White 418th, Amy Tew 539th, Terry Oldham 623rd, Nicky Kelly 629th and Amanda McCann 719th.

A brilliant achievement; all club members finished in the top 50 per cent.

Sadly, the much-anticipated National Road Relay was cancelled.

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