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.
10k, 2k Fun Run, and Half Marathon
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Sun, Sep 11, 2022
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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
Sun, Sep 11, 2022
Half Marathon:
9:30am |
10:45am |
2k Fun Run:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k
Half Marathon
£35.00 - £45.00
2k Fun Run
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.
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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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 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.
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).
It is advised not to run with headphones on the route but runners are allowed to at their own risk.
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.
There will be prizes up for grabs for the best-dressed participants.
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 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.
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.
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.
Will there be changing facilities at the Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k?
There will be toilets and changing facilities but no showers.
4 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
FamilyFamily friendly
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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Recent Questions
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.
Stephy Dennis
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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