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 TBC).

Grizzly 2019 ballot has now closed

Runners will be informed about their ballot result by Friday 5th October at the latest.

Details of 2019 race, including entry procedure

Please read this whole section if you want to enter since it contains important information

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.

Due to the continued popularity of the race, an entry ballot is once again being used with payment required on registration and refunded if you're not successful. Registration for the ballot will OPEN at 10.00 on Friday 31 August and will CLOSE at 20.00 on Friday 21 September. The draw will be made in the following week and all runners notified of their outcome by Friday 5 October at the very latest. Unsuccessful entries should be refunded by the end of October.

Any runner who had a place in the 2018 race as at 11am on Saturday 17th March 2018 will receive a guaranteed entry in the 2019 race (this place must still be paid for). You should still enter the ballot and pay for your place in the usual way, but it is very important that you mark on your entry form that you had a place in the 2018 race.

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.

Please note that this year runners will not be allowed to select a t-shirt size on race day but will be given the size that they selected on their ballot entry form. This size will be marked on the runner’s race number and no changes to this size will be allowed. It is therefore important that you choose the correct size t-shirt when you submit your race entry form and a sizing chart has been provided for you.

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.

Entry procedure

  • You must first read the race rules.
  • Remember that this is for entry into the ballot. Unless you had a place in the 2018 race, there is no guarantee that you will get a place and unsuccessful entrants will be refunded via the payment method used to enter.
  • All runners entered in a single transaction with Full on Sport (i.e. one checkout) will be drawn from the ballot together. If any size “group” does not want "all or none" (i.e. if one gets in then they all get in, but the group only has one chance of being drawn) then they need to enter separately (i.e. separate checkouts).
  • ‘All or none’ ballot entries (including groups) should not mix guaranteed places with non-guaranteed places – if they do, then all entries will go in the ballot as normal (ie – the guaranteed places will effectively become non-guaranteed).
  • Complete details are required - any incomplete submissions will be rejected from the ballot, together with anyone else entered in the same transaction.
  • Please complete the Emergency Contact and Medical Notes sections of the entry form. This information may be shared with various race support groups, including our medical provider to assist them in their important support roles. Any information submitted will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  • Cheques will not be accepted as payment for race entry fees (unless for large groups of 10 or more runners). If any runner is unable to use the online system to make payment and enter the race, please contact the race organisers at
  • Both copies of any duplicate entries will be rejected from the ballot, together with anyone else entered in the same transactions.
  • Any under-age entries will be rejected, together with anyone else entered in the same transaction.
  • If you discover a mistake then do not submit another entry but contact us instead.
  • You can only enter either Grizzly or Cub - contact us if you make a mistake and want to switch.
  • You will get confirmation from Full on Sport or us, depending upon how you entered the ballot. If you don't receive a mail (check your junk mail!) then you may have made a mistake with your address or your entry may have failed, so contact us. We suggest that you keep the mail until you are notified of the ballot outcome in case of any queries.
  • Two methods of entry are available.
    1. Pay by card and enter online at Full On Sport. Note that:
        • You will need to enable Javascript for and if you're running a script blocker. (It should work fine if that means nothing to you.)
        • You will need to register on their site before entry (and will already have done so if you entered online last year but make sure your details are correct). Also, beware the autofill function and check all completed fields before submitting your entry.
    2. Pay by cheque after completing this spreadsheet for large groups of ten or more. Note the points above about runners entered together and full details. The address for cheques is in the spreadsheet.

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

Race name and email distribution list

Yes, we have a name for the 2019 race: Trails of the Unexpected! Thank you very much to AVR member Tony Wood for the excellent suggestion.

Here's a reminder that if you are not currently on the Grizzly email distribution list but wish to receive email updates about the race going forward, then please send an email to from the email address that you would like to be included on the list.

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.

Opening and closing of Grizzly ballot

Registration for the ballot for entry to the 2019 Grizzly/Cub races will open at 10 am on Friday 31 August and close at 8 pm on Friday 21 September. We hope to announce the ballot results by Friday 5 October.

Any runner who had a place in the 2018 race as at 11am on Saturday 17 March 2018 will receive a guaranteed entry in the 2019 race (a reminder that this place must be paid for). However you must still enter the ballot and pay for your place in the usual way.

Further details of the entry process will be published shortly on this website and on the official Facebook page

Grizzly email distribution list

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