Whoever suggested that running and drink don't mix, has never run the Bacchus Wine Half Marathon and 10K. With five wine stations to visit on each lap and six wines to sample, the Bacchus races are definitely events to take your time over. The main events are timed but few runners worry too much about the speed it takes to cover the distance.
Each of the sampling stations will have a different wine to taste, all of them grown and produced on site at Denbies. There is one station that you pass on the way out and on the way back and will serve two different wines along the way. The wines will be a mix of reds and whites and will showcase some of Denbies award-winning English wines including some of the sparkling wines on which the vineyard has forged its formidable reputation (Denbies wine is also vegan).
We should emphasise that the wine served is a tasting sample and we would ask that you take only one glass per station to ensure that everyone has the chance to try the wines. There will be a wine marshal at each station who will be responsible for dispensing and controlling the distribution of the wine.
You'll be able to able to enjoy a further complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink at the finish with the hog roast (there will be a vegetarian alternative). Additional drinks will be available to purchase. As well as the wine, we will have water available at all of the drinks stations and at the finish with High5 energy drink at one other drinks station.
To accompany the wine, we will be serving small food snacks at five of the drinks stations, three savoury stations, one fruit station and one with deserts. The will also be an additional wine-free station will be designated as an 'energy' station which will be visited by both half marathon and 10K runners. It will serve a range of High5 products, including drink, bars, gels and energy gummies.
Don't forget that in addition to the food and drink, there will be some form of musical entertainment at each drinks station and at other parts of the course. At the last running that was a mix of local bands, a steel-drum band, a rock choir and a Scottish Piper. That was in addition to the DJ at the start/finish area who keep the party going at the post-race hog roast long into the evening.