Running, good food and fine wines are three of life's pleasures. So far the gold standard in gourmet athletics has been set by the Marathon du Médoc in the south of France but now there is a British challenger in the Run Bacchus Marathon at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking.
Run Bacchus is a celebration of English wine, food, music, fancy dress and running in the stunning surroundings of Denbies. If you like a drink but have a running problem, this is the event for you. We all know a marathon can be an exhausting experience, both physically and mentally. Surrey’s wine-fuelled Run Bacchus provides the perfect alternative!
Britain’s answer to Marathon du Médoc takes place on Sunday 9 September. The race venue was voted in the top five vineyards in the UK by World Wine Week. Participants can run the full marathon, half marathon or 5-mile run/walk, while enjoying Denbies' premium range of delicious English wines and locally produced food at refreshment stations along the route.
“Run Bacchus is rapidly becoming a must-do event on Britain’s running calendar,” said race director at 2:09 Events, Mike Gratton. “The wine and food stations set Run Bacchus apart from other events, however it’s also the fancy dress, scenic views of the rolling North Downs and numerous live bands that bring a unique festival atmosphere”. As a former London Marathon winner and Commonwealth bronze medallist, Mike knows a thing or two about marathons!
The 26.2 mile course, which includes 12 'refreshment' opportunities, is two laps round the beautiful vineyard, where grapes are bursting off the vines, as well as the stunning National Trust countryside. The revised course is undulating and run entirely on scenic trails.
The half marathon is one lap of the marathon course, with six refreshment points. The five mile run/walk visits one wine and food station. A full day out in quintessential English countryside with complimentary wine and food, live music and a post-race hog roast is a modest £47.00 for marathon and half marathon participants.
The entire event is limited to 2,700 runners so early registration is crucial. Run Bacchus also ensures that race day caters for the entire family, with children able to participate in a two mile Fun Run. Entry for the children’s event is free and every finisher will receive a medal.
Run Bacchus has to be a bucket list event for all runners looking for a different challenge as much as a joy-filled day. Full details can be found at the Run Bacchus website.