Bacchus Marathon and Half Marathon

A celebration of English wine, fancy dress ... and running 

COVID-19 UPDATE - CANCELLATION 2020 RACE

Over the past weeks and months we have looked at various plans and scenarios that might allow us to deliver a safe race experience for our competitors and staff at this year's Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. 

 Unfortunately we have concluded that none of those plans will work without compromising the spirit and ethos of the event.. So rather than put on a watered-down, neutered version of the event we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s race and wait until September 2021 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the race.

We will refund all the entries we have taken for this year’s race. The refunds will be processed by our on-line entry partner, Active Training World and they will process the refunds from July 1 onwards.

 Anyone with a voucher entry or a deferral from 2019 will be automatically deferred to 2021.





Fabulous and fun are the two words that best sum up the Surrey Bacchus Marathon and Half-Marathon. Set in the stunning surroundings of Denbies Vineyard near Dorking the Bacchus has rapidly become a must-do event on the UK running calendar.  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 be able to sample six fabulous English wines, at five drinks stations along the course with two wines served at the last station, with food and soft drinks to accompany them. Even 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.  The field is limited to 2750 entries and always sells out so don't wait too long to enter.