Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k

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The well-loved, well-attended and well-organised Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k is back for 2023! Join over two thousand runners at the Denbies Wine Estate for a brilliant run, fancy dress and hog-roast celebration with local wines. Enjoy live music, great food, a fab atmosphere and scenic views.
Participants
Half Marathon, 10k and 2k Fun Run
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Calendar
Sun, 10 Sept 2023
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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Location
Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA, UK
Start times
Sun, 10 Sept 2023
Half Marathon:
9:30am |
10k:
10:40am |
2k Fun Run:
11:05am
Here's what races are available for Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k
Distance
13.1mi
Distance
10km
Distance
2km
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, each drink station offers samples of Denbies Wine and food as well as the usual water offered for hydration along the route. After the race, enjoy the hog roast where the party carries on.
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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  • Finisher's T-Shirt (Half Marathon only)
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Free race photos
  • Ticket to the post-race hog roast
  • Free samples of wine and snack at each drink station
  • Prizes for best fancy dress
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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.
08:00 Registration opens
09:30 First Half Marathon wave starts
09:40 Second Half Marathon wave starts
09:50 Third Half Marathon wave starts
10:00 Fourth Half Marathon wave starts
10:10 Fifth Half Marathon wave starts
10:20 Sixth Half Marathon wave starts
10:30 Seventh Half Marathon wave starts
10:40 First 10k wave starts
10:50 Second 10k wave starts
11:00 Third 10k wave starts
11:05 2k fun run starts
Start Times
  • There will be seven start waves for the half marathon, starting at 9:30 am with 300 runners each. Subsequent waves will be set off in 10-minute intervals.
  • There will be three 10k waves starting at 10:40 am.
  • There will only be one children's wave, starting at 11:05
  • All entrants must pre-select their waves on the checkout page. Those who do not select a start wave will be allocated one.
If you are part of a group wanting to run together, please ensure you select the same wave as your teammates. Wave allocation will clearly marked on the front of your race numbers and waves will be managed by marshals on the event day. Waves will remain open for selection until they reach capacity.
Age Requirements
  • Half Marathon: open to runners that are 18 years or over.
  • 10k: open to runners aged 15 and over. 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 race numbers for the 2k will need to be picked up on the day from registration.
Race Numbers
Your race number will have detachable tickets that can be exchanged for food and drink at the hog roast.
Race Packs will be mailed out to all Half Marathon and 10k entrants ahead of the race. Please ensure you enter your address details carefully and include the correct post code. If you have registered for the 2k you will need to collect your child's number on race morning from the Race HQ tent.
Wine stations
There will be plenty of sample wines and nibbles on offer at the 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 and food will be tasting samples and all entrants should only take one glass and one sample food item per station to allow all entrants sufficient opportunity to sample what is on offer. 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 collect their free T-shirts at the finish after they have received their medals. 10k runners will not receive a free T-shirt unless they pre-order one as an 'add-on' at checkout. 10k runners who pre-order their shirts will have their race numbers marked and will also be able to collect them at the finish after they have received their medals.
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
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.
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490 reviews
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janet
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
The best race ever. Fantastic atmosphere everyone is so happy and friendly. So we'll organised and a lot of fun. Love the amazing costumes with great music and wine what more can you want 😍
anna
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Loved the food the drink the hilly course.
anna
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Fantastic! Loved everything best fun run ever.
sylvie
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3.0
Did the race 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 race 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 race 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 race 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 race 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 race 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 race 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!!
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Recent Questions
Mick Dannatt
07/09/2019
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
07/09/2019
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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