Stone tenth in Grizzly
PUBLISHED: 10:50 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010
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Anxious eyes drifted skywards on Sunday morning, hoping that the storm forecast for later in the day did not appear early. Happily the forecast was correct and the Axe Valley Grizzly was run in almost perfect weather, apart from the odd hail shower.
Anxious eyes drifted skywards on Sunday morning, hoping that the storm forecast for later in the day did not appear early. Happily the forecast was correct and the Axe Valley Grizzly was run in almost perfect weather, apart from the odd hail shower. Before heading to Beer and Branscombe, there was a small matter of running the length of Seaton beach. Once in Branscombe the infamous bog was quickly encountered, almost immediately followed by a 100-yard near vertical field climb, that most could only get up with the aid of a rope. A gloriously scenic woodland trail was followed by 'Son of Bog' and another steep field climb. Soon after the smell of burning joss-sticks wafted in the air as a Buddhist shrine was encountered before a climb through a garlic floored woodland. There was terrific support at the Fountain Head followed by the huge road climb up to Berry Barton. A gentle descent down the coastal footpath to the Sea Shanty was followed by a real energy sapping run along Branscombe beach and a trudge up the hooken footpath. There was a huge noisy crowd around the Anchor at Beer that encouraged runners on the final ascent of the coastal footpath back to Seaton, where the sting in the tail was a beach run from the Chine to Fisherman's Gap. Billed as being 19 miles, it was a truly energy sapping course, with most runners very pleased to finish. Happily there were no major injuries and both runners and spectators had a great day out.HarriersFirst Harrrier back in a time of 2.35.49, just over 11 minutes behind winner Lee Turner of Torbay AAC, wasGrizzly veteran Dave Stone in 10th place.Shaun Lock finished 48th in 2.47.13 and clubmate Joe Pearce was three places and 18 seconds further down the field.John Croome completed the course in 2.51.51 for 70th place.The next Harriers back, virtually side by side, were Paul Champion (3.11.46) and Mark Thompson (3.11.48), who filled 224th and 225th spots.Loraine Croome was first lady Harrier back in 3.27.46 (401st).Hannah Dupain got round in 3.34.46 for 485th place.Other Harriers to finish were Bob Keast (4.21.09) and Susan Wilkin (4.25.41).There were 1,379 finishers in the main run and 241 in the shorter Cub Run which was won by David Tomlin of Teignbridge Trotters.