Ben Renshaw, in the middle of training for this year’s Paris marathon, ran a frankly unbelievable time of 2:29:02 in yesterday’s 2019 Grizzly (“Trails of the Unexpected”) and finished 6th out of more than 1,600 runners. “To put that in perspective, Ben was running at 3:24 marathon pace”, explains race editor Adam. “but had to contend with over 3,000 feet of climbing, two rivers, two bogs, two stretches of beach and the infamous stairway to heaven – a long flight of very steep steps to climb the 400 feet from the beach to Beer Head.
Ben’s victory was the high point of a strong Bridport Runner’s team, consisting of Adam, Chris, Gill, Jessame and Rachael. Here are their preliminary results (Axe Valley Runners as the organisers have yet to post the final results on their website).
GRIZZLY RESULTS (1,601 runners)
6th – Ben Renshaw – 2:29:02
72nd – Adam Slater – 2:50:33
108th – Chris Monteith – 2:57:22
779th – Rachel Moss – 4:00:19
CUB RESULTS (590 runners):
278th – Gillian Brooks – 1:59:15
281st – Jessame Coulson – 1:59:30
“The 2019 Grizzly was preceded by a week of rain, so I think we all know where this one was heading”, reports Adam about the race. “19 and a bit miles of mud, mud and more mud, and the day itself did not disappoint. Continue reading