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Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Fun Run

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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 routes 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.
Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, and 1 more
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Sun 12th Sep 2021
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA, UK
Start times
9:30am |
Half Marathon:
9:45am |
11:00am |
2 Mile Fun Run:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Fun Run
2 Mile Fun Run
Half Marathon
2 Loops
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, and with marathon runners completing 2 laps, that means double the wine. 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 theres only one crossing of a major road which will be directed by marshals.
Half Marathon runners will complete 1 lap and Marathon runners 2 laps.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Medical support
  • Drinks stations
  • Fully marked and marshalled course
  • All wines and food at drinks stations
  • Post-race hog roast & drink
  • Chip-timed results
  • Official race photography
  • Event T-Shirt (Marathon & Half Marathon only)
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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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There will be free parking at the event site available for runners which is 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.
Please follow and listen to the marshals instructions as there is plenty of parking at the event site.
Event day logistics
08:15 Registration opens
09:30 Marathon starts
09:45 1st Half Marathon wave starts
10:00 2nd Half Marathon wave starts
10:15 3rd Half Marathon wave starts
10:30 4th Half Marathon wave starts
10:45 5th Half Marathon wave starts
11:00 1st 10k wave starts
11:15 2nd 10k wave starts
It is recommended you arrive at least an hour before your start time to give you time to collect your number on the morning.
Registration will be open from 8:15am on race day where runners can collect their race numbers.
Registration will take place in the large marquee next to the main building of Denbies, which will also be the site of the Hog Roast after the event.
Start Waves
There are 5 waves of Half Marathon start times of 400 runners each. Waves will start at 9:45am in 15 minute increments all the way until 10:45am. A preferred start wave will be chosen by runners when registering for the event.
The 10k has two waves starting at 11am and 11:15am.
Cut-off Times
There is a strict 2 hour 50 minute cut-off time for the first lap of the Marathon, and all runners must be able to run a 5 hr 30 mins time. Any runners unable to complete the first lap in this time will be asked to stop and given a Half Marathon finisher's medal.
Fancy Dress
Most of the participants show up in fancy dress to take part in this fun and friendly event, so don your best clothes and enjoy the live music and entertainment around the course.
T-Shirt Sizes
T-shirts are included in the price of entry for Marathon and Half Marathon runners but not 10k runners. Marathon and Half Marathon runners will have a t-shirt token printed on their numbers which can be exchanged for their t-shirt after crossing the finish line.
T-shirts are available in 6 sizes and have the following size chest equivalents
  • XS (34" and below)
  • S (34-36")
  • M (38-40")
  • L (40-42")
  • XL (42-44")
  • XXL (44" and above)
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.
Will there be toilets at the Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Fun Run?
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.
Can I wear headphones at the Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Fun Run?
Headphones are permitted but it is advised that you don't run with them.
Can I bring my dog to the Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Fun Run?
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.
Will there be changing facilities at the Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Fun Run?
There will be toilets and changing facilities but no showers.
4 reviews
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BicepFlexChallenging course
BigMedalAmazing medal
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great to do as a group in fancy dress and take your time stopping for wine and food. Definitely not a PB course but the most fun event I've done.
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The course was very challenging if you were racing the event (only about 10% of participants were). Atmosphere was good, though I would not say it was any better than another similar sized race, in fact the "festival atmosphere" was comparable to any well organised event, and not as good as some of the very best. The bands on course were good, as was the scenery, though the Surrey hills are less spectacular than even some of our local (and often free) XC scenery here in Hampshire (or in my home of Yorkshire). The course was genuinely difficult, and at least some competitive runners took part. Though it was frustarting to see a runner who registered for the Half Marathon, but ran the 10k course, given first position in the HM. I emailed the results company, but they did not respond or adjust the results. This is a good race, but it is not amazing, and represents poor value at £50 entry fee.
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great fun and a wonderful atmosphere. Lots of really great fancy dress. The weather was also perfect.
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Brilliant - hilly and boozy with bands at all the (de)hydration stops - loved it! Take your trail shoes though!
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Mick Dannatt
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.
Steph Ede
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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