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Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KM and Children's Run

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The Surrey Bacchus Marathon and Half Marathon returns - your chance to enjoy England’s premier Wine Marathon with five tasting stations (serving six different wines) over the Half Marathon and ten over the full Marathon.

Half of the route is inside the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate and the other half through National Trust Countryside and woodland along the Pilgrims Way and North Downs Way. It's a demanding route, but you'll have suitable respite at each of the sampling stations, then at the finish you can carry on the party spirit of the event at the post-race Hog Roast (Not included for the children’s run).

Recently, we began offering the Bacchus Lite 10km event that you can run, jog or walk. The route will be within Denbies Vineyard, through the vines and offers magnificent views - one wine sample station will be reached and the post-race Hog Roast is included for your entry fee.

Review summary

4 Reviews
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Rebecca M
"Great to do as a group in fancy dress and take your time stopping for wine and..."


Rob A
"The course was very challenging if you were racing the event (only about 10% of..."


Graham B
"Great fun and a wonderful atmosphere. Lots of really great fancy dress. The..."
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How to enter the Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KM and Children's Run

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.219mi
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  3. 10K Fun Run/Walk

    Run 10km
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  4. Children's 3K Run

    Run 3km
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Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KM and Children's Run routes

The route is one lap (Half) or two laps (Full) and starts and finishes at the main building inside Denbies Vineyard near Dorking, Surrey. The route is undulating and hilly in places as it is on the escarpment of the North Downs. Nearly all of the route is on trails taking in sections of the Pilgrims Way and North Downs Way with just the last 2 miles on hard road surfaces.

Using footpaths along the North Downs Way, you will be guaranteed breath-taking views over the Mole Valley, Ranmore Common and the North Downs.

Event Details

What’s Included
Finishers of the Full and Half Marathon will receive a technical t-shirt (available in Small, Medium, Large or X-large), medal, post-race hog roast and complimentary drink on completion of the race. Runners and walkers in the 10km will reach one sample station and participants 18 or over can sample one of the wines - those under the legal age to drink alcohol (identified by special numbers) will have a choice of soft drinks available instead). The Hog roast is included in the entry fee but the T-shirt is an additional cost of £10.

Children's 3km Fun Run for U12yrs participants will each will receive a medal.
Raceday Logistics
Registration is on the Resultsbase online portal - £3 admin charge. Registration closes on September 3rd at midnight or when the limit of 2700 is reached if earlier.

There will be six start waves, the first for the Full Marathon runners starting at 9.30am, followed by five for the Half Marathon starting at 15 minute intervals with 500 in each. You will need to pre-select your wave so that you can be sure of starting with your friends. The maximum number in any single wave will be 500 runners.

So that we can safely manage the route and the drink sampling stations we have been advised we should have a cut off time in the Full Marathon of 5 hours. Runners who do not reach the half way point by 2hrs 20mins will be asked to finish at the Half Marathon and will receive a Half-Marthon medal. Our last person marshal will start to break down the route following the final wave starts and unfortunately we will not be able to offer drink station or medical support to any runners who continue after the cut off.

What is policy on headphones?

As we are not running on any public highways (although there is one road to cross in two places) we allow headphones to be used but it is your responsibility to make sure you listen to any instructions by marshals and you wear headphones entirely at your own risk.

Are there toilets on the route?

For 2019, as well as ample toilets at the start/finish toilets, we will have portable toilets on the route at three differnet locations.

Are there age restrictions?

Children's 3km Fun Run - for children under the age of 12. Entrants for the full or half marathon must be 18 years or older.

Questions & answers

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    Mick D
    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 E
    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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Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KM and Children's Run reviews (4)

4.7 out of 5 stars

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  • 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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