Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k

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Celebrate fancy wine, fancy dress, and plenty of running in this event at Denbies Wine Estate. With a hog-roast, wine at drinks stations, and stunning views along the way, this is so much more than just a race. Enjoy live music, great food, and a fantastic atmosphere in this unique event.
Participants
10k, 2k Fun Run, and Half Marathon
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Calendar
Sun, 11 Sept 2022
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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4.5
(487 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA, UK
Start times
Sun, 11 Sept 2022
Half Marathon:
9:30am |
10k:
10:45am |
2k Fun Run:
11:05am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k
Half Marathon
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13.1mi
£56.00
10k
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10km
£35.00 - £45.00
2k Fun Run
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2km
Free
Route information
This undulating, multi-terrain course takes place within and around the stunning Denbies Wine Estate. All routes offer beautiful views over the Mole Valley, Ranmore Common, and the North Downs, and runners are welcome to run as quickly as possible or take their time and enjoy the wine sampling stations on the route.
The drinks stations are what separates this event from all the others. Not just any old drinks stations, the last 2 along the route serve wine as well as food and soft drinks. After the race, enjoy the hog roast where the party carries on well into the evening.
A completely traffic-free course, all routes start and finish by the main building at Denbies, and there's only one crossing of a major road which will be directed by marshals.
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What's included
  • Finisher's T-Shirt (Half Marathon only)
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Free race photos
  • Ticket to the post-race hog roast
  • Free wine and snack stations
  • Prizes for best fancy dress
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Finisher's Medal
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How to get there
Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA, UK
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Parking
There will be free parking at the event site available for runners, situated within the grounds of the Vineyard. Marshals will be onsite to direct cars and any cars parked that block exists or entry routes will be towed.
Event day logistics
08:15 Registration opens
09:30 First Half Marathon wave starts
09:45 Second Half Marathon wave starts
10:00 Third Half Marathon wave starts
10:15 Fourth Half Marathon wave starts
10:30 Final Half Marathon wave starts
10:45 First 10k wave starts
11:00 Second 10k wave starts
11:05 2k fun run starts
Start Times
  • There will be eight start waves, the first five will be for the half marathon, starting at 9:30 am with 400 runners each. Subsequent waves will be set off in 15-minute intervals.
  • There will also be two 10k waves starting at 10:45 am.
  • There will only be one children's wave, starting at 11:05
  • All entrants must pre-select their waves on the checkout page.
Age Requirements
  • Half Marathon: open to runners that are 18 years or over
  • 10k: Under 18's may take part but will receive a specially marked number and will not be served alcohol
  • 2k fun run: this event is primarily aimed at children and will be free to enter (Parents are free to run with children).
Bag Drop
There will be a secure bag drop available in the Denbies main building, accessed via the large marquee on the right of Denbies main building. The baggage area is manned at all times. There will be a tear-off bag tag at the bottom of your race number, make sure to attach it to your bag.
Registration
Registration will be at the black tents in the race car park. All entrants must collect their race packs from this location. Make sure to arrive an hour before your intended start time.
Race Numbers
Your race number will have detachable tickets that can be exchanged for food and drink at the hog roast.
Wine stations
There will be plenty of wines on offer at the wine stations along the course. There will be red, white, and sparkling wines on offer all grown at the vineyard. It must be emphasised that the wine will be tasting samples and all entrants should only take one glass per station. There will also be soft drinks available for younger participants or runners who do not wish to drink alcohol.
T-Shirt
Half Marathon runners can redeem their free T-shirts at the finish after they have received their medal. 10k runners will not receive a free T-shirt but can pre-order one and collect it with their race number.
T-Shirt Size Guide
(T-shirts are unisex sizing)
  • XS - Chest = 45cm Length = 66cm
  • S - Chest = 48cm Length = 68cm
  • M - Chest = 51cm Length 70cm
  • L - Chest = 54cm Length 72cm
  • XL - Chest = 57cm Length 74cm
  • 2XL - Chest = 60cm Length = 76cm
(Chest measurements are for one side of the t-shirt measured whilst it is lying flat).
Headphones
It is advised not to run with headphones on the route but runners are allowed to at their own risk.
Dogs
You may run with your dog but they must be kept on a leash at all times and it is done at your own risk. Dogs are not permitted inside the Denbies main building.
The finish
At the finish, there will also be even more wines, food, and snacks available for participants.
Prizes
There will be prizes up for grabs for the best-dressed participants.
Crowds
Spectator Info
Entry to the estate is free of charge and there will be plenty of parking available for spectators, so definitely come along and support your friends and family, all while enjoying the grounds.
FAQ's
Will there be toilets at the Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k?
Yes, there will be plenty of portable toilets at the start/finish area in the main car park and near the route start. There will also be toilets inside the main building.
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Can I wear headphones at the Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k?
Headphones are permitted but it is advised that you don't run with them.
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Can I bring my dog to the Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k?
Dogs are permitted at the event but are not recommended and need to be kept on their leash at all times. The dogs are also not permitted within the main building.
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Will there be changing facilities at the Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k?
There will be toilets and changing facilities but no showers.
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Reviews
4.5
487 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
FamilyFamily friendly
sylvie
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3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
This was my second Bacchus. I am part of a team, 29 od us took part this year.Lovely landscape, good wine, great pulled roast at the end. We love the choir, live music and bag piper, as well as the photographs, and the friendly and lively commentaries as we pass the finishing line. Great day overall, however a couple of remarks.The course now comprises of a very steep and narrow hill around mile 6/7, where people walk and cannot be overtaken, and in any case, it would be too long to run at all. It spoils the run a bit.Also, and more sadly, on the last stop (the one with the great live band), the person in charge of the wine went out of her way to make everyone feel very unwelcome. She was rude ans killed the atmosphere. I wouldn't happily return if she is left at a stand again. Her behaviour was shocking.
jon
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Missed a turning despite marshalls as slower runners still completing start. Would be clearer to publish the route beforehand, separate out runners wanting to go faster, have a route that isn't repeating itself to avoid confusion.
iain
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2022
The event was really well organised and marked, with a great atmosphere.The only thing I could reccomend would be to have the water stops on the other side of the path or a little seperate from the wine and snack tables, as this might help break up the lines into those that just want to run and have water and those that want the full experience, and maybe reduce the queue. Great event though.
rose
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
We had an absolutely brilliant time at the Bacchus half marathon, however, we were all quite surprised and frustrated that there was no water for runners at several of the stations.
lis
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4.3
Did the 10k in 2022
This is the 2nd time I've done this run. It's brilliant, lovely setting and great atmosphere. This year though the queues for the wine/water stations were too long as people weren't ushered along when they got to the tables. This meant queuing for 20-25 mins if you had the patience. Also, the 2nd water station had run out of water by the time we got there. I do love this run, but maybe this could be something to look at for next year.
sarah
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2.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
They were packing everything up by the time we reached each stall, even in the middle of the day. Didn't even have the band still playing when we arrived back...
matt
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
What a great choice for mine and my friends first half marathon. It was simple to sign up and register and the party atmosphere throughout was brilliant. Same time next year!!
nicola
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4.3
Did the 10k in 2022
It was a fantastic event with a great atmosphere, music, wine, food and location. The down side was the wait at the refreshments, it needed the bin much further from the wine table and more bins would help. People would then be encouraged to move further away allowing quicker transition through. Also the water stop ran out of water which was a killer on such a hot day. That said it was absolutely amazing event. Thanks see you next year.
tracey
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
A wonderful atmosphere Great fun
brian
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Loved it, but didn't go in fancy dress and wished I had. It was a good fun race.
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Recent Questions
Mick Dannatt
9/7/2019
Hi I’ve only had the Final Joining Instructions email. Do I pick up my race number on the day. How do I know what wave I am in.
Stephy Dennis
9/7/2019
Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. Please go to the registration desk and you will receive your race number and will be allocated a wave! :)
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