After the disappointment of having to cancel the 2020 Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, we are determined to make 2021 a special year. Set in the stunning surroundings of Denbies Vineyard near Dorking in its 10-year history, Bacchus has rapidly become a must-do event on the UK running calendar. It is a very different 'race' experience to other marathons or half-marathons. Most of the field turn out in fancy dress, there are numerous bands playing around the course but it's the drinks station on route that separate Bacchus from other running races and epitomise the spirit of the event.
You will have the chance to sample six fabulous English wines, at five drinks stations along the course with two wines served at the last station, accompanied by food and soft drinks to. If you are running the marathon you go around twice which means 12 wines! There's more food and drink waiting for you at the finish at the post-race hog roast where the party carries on long into the evening.
Of course you can run the course quickly - or at least as quickly as the hills will allow - but if you really want to enter the spirit of Bacchus, put your watch away, take some time to enjoy the countryside, sip the wine and if you have the energy dance to the bands and live music dotted around the route.
The field is limited to 3000 entries across the three distances and it usually sells out so don't wait too long to enter.