Bacchus Marathon and Half Marathon

COVID Guarantee
It is difficult to look one-month ahead at the moment so we can not be certain what the prevailing conditions will be in the UK in September concerning the COVID pandemic. 

The recent roll-out of various Vaccines has given us some confidence that we will be able to deliver a safe and enjoyable event in 2021 that is true to the spirit of Bacchus.
However, if we believe that is not the case and we are forced to cancel the event, your entry fee is fully refundable. We will make that decision at the latest 30 days before the event is due to take place.


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 stations 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 too. 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 3,000 entries across the three distances and it usually sells out so don't wait too long to enter.