After the cancellation of the event in 2020 and the limitations of operating in the midst of the COVID pandemic in 2021, we will be back with the full edition of the Bacchus Wine Half Marathon and 10K on September 11, 2022.
For those of you who have been to the event, there is one significant change over previous editions of Bacchus. That is that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Marathon. We felt we could no longer deliver the full Bacchus experience for less than 200 runners in the full distance without compromising the event for more than ten times as many in the Half Marathon and 10K.
By focusing exclusively on the shorter distances we can now expand to five waves of up to 400 runners in the Half Marathon - going off between 9.30am - 10.30am - with two waves for the 10K, at 10.45am and 11am. There will be a few minor modifications to the course to allow us to run more distance inside Denbies vineyard. We've also added an extra water station on the course to keep you hydrated between the wine stops and we are also expanding the musical entertainment on course with a few surprises for 2022.
That aside the core of the event remains unchanged. We time the race but there are no prizes for running either event quickly and once again we'll be rewarding those who put their effort into fancy dress rather than a speedy performance. There will be a selection of up to six Denbies award-winning English wines on the course, both red, white and sparking with matching foods at each drinks station and there will be more food and drinks at the post-race hog roast, where the party will continue long into the evening.
The field is limited to a maximum of 2000 runners in the Half Marathon and 800 in the 10K. We will close entries when we reach those limits, and we expect to reach them, so don't dither if you are thinking of running Bacchus this year.