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

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.

Refunds for unsuccessful entries

For those of you who entered via Full On Sport and were unsuccessful in the ballot, your refunds have all now been processed via Full On Sport and paid back to the card which you used to pay your race entry fee. Please contact us if you still haven't received your refund by Friday 11th October.

Ballot results now emailed

All ballot results emails have now been sent out so please contact us if you entered the race and still haven't received your email. 

The Grizzly ballot has now closed

Results of the ballot will be notified by email by Friday 4 October at the latest. 

Grizzly ballot: open at 10am on Friday 30 August

The ballot for Grizzly 2020 is now open and will close at 8pm on Friday 20 September. Ballot results will be announced no later than Friday 4 October. If you are unsuccessful in the ballot, Full On Sport will refund your entry fee to the card with which you paid.

The weblink to the ballot entry form can be found at 

All entries will be through the Full On Sport online system and no manual entries will be accepted, other than for large groups of 10 or more (please use the group entry form on the Grizzly website if you are a large group). 

Note that all runners entered in a single transaction/checkout will be entered in the ballot as 'all or none' (ie either all get a place or none get a place). If two or more runners entering together do not want this then they must enter individually. Please contact if you are having any problems using the online entry system, including making online payments.

The race fee is £32/£30 for the Grizzly (unaffiliated/affiliated) with a minimum age of 18; £22/£20 for the Cub (unaffiliated/affiliated) with a minimum age of 17. Affiliated means belonging to a club which is affiliated to ARC, England Athletics or another national equivalent.

Before entering the ballot, please ensure that you read the race info, race rules, terms and conditions and policy pages found on the Grizzly website at This includes important information which all entrants must read and agree to.

Please note that this year the t-shirt size that runners select on their entry form will be the t-shirt size that they receive on race day. No changes to your selected size will be permitted or arranged by the race organisers. Any “new” runners who obtain a race number through the change of runner process will receive the t-shirt size selected by the original runner. A t-shirt sizing guide has been provided by the manufacturer to assist you which can be found on the Grizzly website.

Please note that the measurements provided in the Scimitar size chart are body measurements. The fit of the garments depends on the cut, fabric and the style of the garment therefore the size charts are just a guide and all measurements are approximate.

Grizzly: 2020 Hills aplenty!

Grizzly 2020 will take place on Sunday, 8 March and the event has been named "2020 Hills aplenty” - so you’ll be pleased to know it won’t be flat!  

The ballot for entries will open from 30 August to 20 September. Further details about the entry process will be posted on this website and on the Grizzly Facebook page on the morning of 30 August.

We aim to have the results of the ballot issued by 4 October.

What's it all about?

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:

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 2019 race. If you are not on the distribution list and wish to receive updates after the 2019 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

Post-race update

We hope you are all recovering well from Sunday’s fantastic races. Thank you for the many positive messages, wonderful experiences and the thanks to all the amazing marshals who all clearly encouraged you all through those gruelling miles.


The results are available here:

We know there are a few queries which Split Second Timing will do their best to correct and update over the coming days.


The photos are also now available here: 

Thanks to Photo Fit for their hard work and wonderful pictures.

T shirts

Thanks to our friends at The Filling Station, Swan Hill Road, Colyford EX24 6QQ any spare T shirts will be available to purchase at £5 - or you can exchange in person so long as your T shirt still has its label attached. Please note CASH only and NO ONLINE OR POSTING is available.  

Other merchandise

A few hoodies and beanies will be available to purchase from The Filling Station, Swan Hill Road, Colyford EX24 6QQ - again no online or posting is available. If you cannot get here in person you will have to wait until next year’s Grizzly!

Next year

The Committee will meet in the coming weeks to announce the date of next year’s Grizzly and ballot arrangements.  

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 ARC 19/079).

Race information

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

Brief details of 2019 race

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.

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.

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.

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