The Grizzly 2016

Twentyish muddy, hilly, boggy, beachy miles on a lovely sunny day.
IMG 1384  Rob, Jeremy and Peter at the bag drop at Grizzly HQ IMG 7708  Walking down to the start IMG 7709  At the start IMG 7711
IMG 7712 IMG 7713  The Town Crier reads the proclamation.  Oyez!  Oyez! IMG 7714  And rings his bell to start the race IMG 7715  Out along the beach
IMG 7716  Through the yacht park IMG 7717  and back past the start IMG 7718  Up out of Seaton MVI 7719  Some lovely drummers to urge us on
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IMG 7724 IMG 7725 MVI 7727  A piper to entertain us IMG 7728  into the caravan site
IMG 7729 IMG 7730  and out onto the hills IMG 7732 IMG 7733
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IMG 7739  Looking down to the beach IMG 7740  The Cub run splits off.  They don't get the stream and other delights to come. IMG 7741 IMG 7742  The stream.  Water was quite chilly
IMG 7743 IMG 7744 MVI 7745  More lovely drummers IMG 7746  Water station
IMG 7747  Random encouraging signs IMG 7748 IMG 7749 IMG 7750
IMG 7751  Hug a marshall or two IMG 7752 IMG 7753 IMG 7755
IMG 7756 IMG 7757 IMG 7758  This is beginning to be quite hard work IMG 7759
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IMG 7766 IMG 7767 IMG 7768  Path was a bit wet at the top. IMG 7769
IMG 7770 IMG 7771  Lots of primroses, daffs and the scent of wild garlic IMG 7772 IMG 7774
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IMG 7784  SEefie stop at hald way IMG 7786  Path was a bit muddy in places. IMG 7787 IMG 7789
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IMG 7795 IMG 7796 IMG 7797  Now we will wallow ... IMG 7798  ... on glorious mud!
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IMG 7803  Paying the press up penalty for taking a short cut! IMG 7804 IMG 7805  Queuing for more mud IMG 7806
IMG 7807 IMG 7808 IMG 7809  Photographer who had the dubious honour of standing in the mud IMG 7811
IMG 7813 IMG 7814 IMG 7815  My feet afterwards IMG 7816
IMG 7817  Who should come into view but Kinh Henry the Vth? IMG 7818 IMG 7819 IMG 7820
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IMG 7829 IMG 7830 IMG 7831  Tibetan shrine IMG 7832  Drinks station with cake.  Yippee!
IMG 7833 IMG 7836 IMG 7837 IMG 7839  Through the pub
MVI 7840  Band at the pub IMG 7841 IMG 7842 IMG 7844  Lots of encoraging and helpful marshalls
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IMG 7849 IMG 7850 IMG 7852  Down to the beach IMG 7853
IMG 7854 IMG 7855  Cheering supporters IMG 7857 IMG 7858  Strean again
IMG 7859 IMG 7861  Memorial IMG 7862  Along the beach.  Tide was out.  Relatively firm sand makes a nice change from pebbles. IMG 7863  Up the beach and then up the cliff
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IMG 7877  Phew!  Reached the top.  Downhill all the way from here.  Or maybe not. IMG 7878 IMG 7880 IMG 7881  More lovely encouraging marshalls
IMG 7882 IMG 7883 IMG 7884  View towards the finish.  Could you ask for better? IMG 7886  More encouraging marshalls.   They really were great.
IMG 7887 IMG 7888 IMG 7889  Path has been upgraded. IMG 7890  Downhill all the way from here
IMG 7891  Photo (at the) finsish IMG 7892 IMG 7894  Firemen hosing off the mud IMG 7895  Time to take a few rays in my lovely new tee shirt.  That's all folks.  Come again next year!