Bacchus Half Marathon & 10K

Thank you to everyone who entered and raced in the 2022 Bacchus Wine Half Marathon and 10K. We know that it was a difficult time following the sad passing of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, just a few days before the race was scheduled to take place. We are extremely grateful that so many of you still decided to travel and run. We had a record field with over 2000 finishers across the two races. It was a memorable day
The grey mist which settled over the vineyards early in the morning seemed appropriate. Becky Taylor, from St Peters Church in Dorking, read a touching prayer of remembrance and thanks for the life of Queen Elizabeth II, following by two minutes silence and the national anthem.
Then the running started with the first wave departing at 9.30am. The wine, the food and the music were not far behind. Then the sun appeared and the grey day turned into an absolute stunner. Denbies once again did us proud with six wonderful wines to sample along the way with plenty more at the post-race hogroast. Not that anyone needed feeding. Every wine station was accompanied by food: cheese  and biscuits at one, pineapple and melon at another and array of sweet offerings at two others. 
As the wine flowed the running slowed, the dancing started and few worried too much about the times, which is the true spirit of Bacchus. There were some stunningly slow half-marathons and 10K efforts, for which we are immensely proud. Click on the link above and you can see just how slow. There were no prizes for quick times just for fancy dress for which the competition was fierce. Rarely have we seen so much effort, ingenuity and creativity go into 'race day' outfits. 
If you are looking for your photographic souvenir of the day you can find all the race shots at :