Bacchus Marathon

Sunday 13th September 2015 at 10:00AM

View the 2014 Bacchus Video here.Supported by Powerbar UK.  The Race venue is Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA.  With wine tasting stations, post race BBQ, fancy dress and stunning views the focus of this event is fun, fun, fun. There is a 2.5k fun run for those who don’t want to tackle the whole thing.  Click here for more information on the fun run.  This race run in co-operation with Mole Valley Council.

Race Entry

Entries for this event are now open, please click on the link to the right or download an entry form here.  Finishers will be rewarded with a technical t-shirt and medal.  There is a 8 hour cut off for this event.  Race support will be withdrawn from 6pm.

Entries are required to be 18 or above. 

Race Registration

Please note, you will not receive anything in the post.  Pre registration (and number pick up) will be available from Run to Live, Specialist Running Shop the week of the event and from 8am on race day from the race HQ at Denbies Vineyard.   Race instructions can be downloaded here closer to the time.

The Route

This route is two laps with the start and finish at the marvellous Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking in Surrey.  The route is undulating (with one significant hill) and multi-terrain with a bias towards off road.  Using footpaths along the North Downs Way, you will be guaranteed breathtaking views over the Mole Valley, Ranmore Common and the North Downs. 

You can download a route map here.  Stars represent suggested viewing points for your friends and family.

Race HQ

As Englands Largest Vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate has been producing award winning wines since 1986.  It is the first wine estate in the world to give visitors of all ages a unique and fascinating insight into all aspects of the wine producing process, all year round, with indoor and outdoor tours and tasting.  The vineyards of Denbies Estate are situated on the North Downs with its famous chalky soil, in a protected valley of south facing slopes.  A total 265 acres have been planted which is three times the size of any other in the United Kingdom and has met the promise of producing some of the finest sparkling and table wines in Europe through repeated certification in the annual International Wine Challenge. 

The venue has secure baggage, toilets and changing facilities (sorry no showers).  Refreshments are available for purchase from the restaurant and a post race BBQ will be provided free of charge for all race participants.  Team Fine Fettle will be there with a massage team to massage your aches away for a small fee.

Health & Safety

There is no doubt that this course is challenging.  You need to be fit and well to start this race.  Do not start the race if you feel unwell or have recently been unwell, even if you are raising money for charity.  Most medical emergencies during races occur in people who have been unwell but do not wish to miss the event. 

If you feel feverish, have been vomiting, have had severe diarrhoea or any chest pains, or otherwise feel unwell, then it is unfair to you, your family, your charity and the race support staff to risk serious illness and become a medical emergency.  You are unlikely to do yourself justice, and there are many other races that you will be able to compete in.  Please note, in the interest of safety, MP3 players and similar devices using headphones will not be allowed.  You will be disqualified if you are seen to use them.  Our insurance covers you for public liability only.  Please be aware you are responsible for your own personal injury insurance cover.


The event is situated into the beautiful Surrey countryside.  As well as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is lots to do in and around the area.  Why not make a weekend of the event?  Source local hotels here Camping is available at the beautiful Tanners Hatch about a mile from the venue (as the crow flies).  We can also recommend Etherley Farm a short drive away.

Getting There & Parking

The HQ is situated just off the A24 London Road, Dorking close to Junction 9 of the M25.  We have secured parking in the Friends Life building opposite the Denbies Estate.  The closest rail stations are Boxhill & Westhumble and Dorking stations which have very good rail links from London Victoria, London Waterloo, Horsham and Guildford. 

We would strongly suggest that you come via public transport if you can.  Remember to schedule in walking time from the train station to the Race HQ. We would estimate a good 15 minute walk depending on which you use.

Race Start

This event is designed for you to have a great time a well as showcasing the beautiful Surrey Hills.  Don’t worry, despite the area being known as ‘lumpy’, we have attempted to flatten this route as much as we can.  We won’t deny there are undulations and one memorable ‘hill’.  However, with only 150m of climb, the route is perfectly manageable and with an 8 hour cut off will be a good challenge for runners and walkers alike. 

Although the focus of this event is fun, the normal aspects of a marathon will be there.  There are water stations every two miles and Powerbar will provide race nutrition.  However, in addition to the expected, you will also find a perfect opportunity to sample some of the best wines that local vineyard Denbies have to offer.  Fancy dress, although not compulsory, is strongly encouraged.

Race Photography

Sussex Sport photography will be on hand to take race photographs for purchase afterwards.

Withdrawals, Transfers & Cancellations

From the moment we begin to organise an event, we start to incur costs. Your entry fee is invested into the cost of staging the event – everything from the start and finish venues, to printing, to safety pins, from race numbers to marketing and VAT.  Organising any event requires a considerable amount of forward planning, risk and expense.  For this reason we are not able to refund or transfer your entry to another event.  

However, in the event you are not able to run, if you can find a replacement, your place may be transferred to them.  Please contact Nicky at with any changes.  The deadline for any changes is Sunday 16th August 2015.  Most race directors will charge an admin fee for this service, we do not.  Please do not run with someone else’s number, you will not be covered under our insurance and in the event of you becoming unwell out on the course, we will not have any contact details for you or your family. 

If the Bacchus Marathon cannot go ahead, for whatever reason, we will endeavour to contact you via email.  All updates will be posted on the front page of the event website.  Runners will be given the option of transferring their entry to a revised date, (if rescheduled) or another one of our events specified. In exceptional circumstances refunds may be offered minus an administration fee.

Race Awarding Body

This race is run with an ARC permit under ARC rules.

Race Marshals

As always, the success of any race is often determined by the selfless volunteering of many marshals.  If you would like to help, then please see our volunteer page for more details.

Race Charity

Our official charity partner for the Bacchus Half-Marathon is Princess Alice Hospice in Esher.  We will make a donation from your entry fee to them.  Princess Alice Hospice is a local charity dedicated to providing free high-quality compassionate care and support for patients, their families and carers.  They care for people with cancer and other illnesses living in a large part of Surrey, south west London and Middlesex.  If you wish to find out more about the great work Princess Alice Hospice do or access other events run by them, the link to their website is here.    Princess Alice Hospice is a Registered Charity No.1010930

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