The main event of note this weekend was the understandably oversubscribed mudfest Grizzly 2014, in Seaton, which seemed to draw most Cornish runners not worrying about twisting an ankle before their big spring marathon!
Nearly 2,000 Grizzly and Cub runners enjoyed sunshine and mud on Sunday, with Cornwall’s runners out in force on the Jurassic coast. As ever, the race combined hills, thick mud, shingle, more hills, and lots of smiles as dozens of volunteers helped Axe Valley Runners put on a great event.
In the Grizzly, Ceri Rees (Wild Running) returned from a year’s absence and retook the title he won in 2012, in similar conditions. On a slightly different course from 2012 (this year’s route included the infamous ‘Stairway To Heaven’, a dizzyingly steep trail off Branscombe beach), he completed the 19.7 miles in 2:21:01. Rick Weston (Serpentine) finished second in 2:24:06, with local Grizzly stalwart Patrick Devine-Wright (Axe Valley Runners) taking third in 02:26:07. First Cornish runner home was Ryan Kestle (Newquay RR) who finished 7th overall, in 2:31:57.
In the ladies race, South West Cross Country Champion and 2:36 marathoner Lucy MacAlister (Bristol and West AC) won the race in 2:30:39, confirming the ‘rule of thumb’ that a good time in the Grizzly will be around your marathon time. Second was Clare Prosser (Wells Harriers) in 2:42:08, improving on her third place in 2012. Sarah Morwood (Mud Crew Ultra Team) backed up her recent Green Man Ultra win with another podium finish in 2:45:46. Mud Crew ladies had a great race with last year’s winner Isobel Wykes finishing fourth, and Jane Allison (Plymouth Harriers / Mud Crew) fifth!
How was your Grizzly race? Let us know in the comments below…
Edited to show Sarah Morwood won the Green Man Ultra, not CFRS Half Marathon — apologies to Jaz Finney!
Also, belated congrats to St Austell RC’s Nick Loewendahl, who followed up back to back parkrun wins with first place in VO2 Glow In The Park at Boconnoc on Saturday, completing a tough 10K in 39:00.