Run Bacchus: Where running and drinking collide

Run BacchusWhile alcohol and fitness don’t generally mix, the Run Bacchus event positively encourages it.

Run Bacchus hosts its annual marathon at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking on September 9.

Billed as Britain’s answer to the Marathon du Médoc, the event combines two of the world’s finest pleasures: running in the great outdoors and fine wine.

Taking its moniker from Bacchus, the ancient god of wine, focusing on the run might be tricky. But those who sway a little after a few glasses can rest easy as there’s plenty of soft field to tumble in should your tipple go straight to the head.

On the day, runners can opt for the marathon, half-marathon or five-mile run/walk. All this can be enjoyed as you quaff Denbies’ delicious English wine and locally produced food.  These are refreshment stations like no other.

The wine and food stations set Run Bacchus apart from other events, however it’s also the fancy dress, scenic views of the rolling North Downs and numerous live bands that bring a unique festival atmosphere – race director at 2:09 Events Mike Gratton.

Race refreshments

Marathon-wise, the course includes 12 of these ‘refreshment’ opportunities. Yes, 12!

It’s a two-loop run around the pre-harvest vineyard where grapes are bursting off the vines. Set amidst stunning National Trust countryside, the route is undulating and multi-terrain. There’s a bias towards road for those considering what footwear to choose.

Run Bacchus

Fancy dress looks a popular option

The half-marathon is one lap of the marathon course, with six refreshment opportunities – logically, half the drink. The five-mile run/walk visits one wine and food station.

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All this plus live music and a post-race hog roast will set you back £47 for marathon and half-marathon entrants. The entire event has a limit of 2,700 runners.

Run Bacchus also ensures race-day is a family one. Children can participate in a Two-Mile Fun Run (presumably NO wine – they’re kids after all). Entry for the children’s event is free and each finisher will receive a medal.

So those keen to lift their spirits with spirits should get down to Dorking.  More details can be found at the official site.

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