In short: Fantastic Fun event In full: I spectated last year, but realise now what I missed out on, its a fantastic well organised scenic and totally fun event. Would recommend it to all who want a challenging but no-pressure run. Fancy dress, hog roast, wine and great company added to my day. Date of review: September 12, 2013
In short: The best race in the UK In full: I said last year that this was the best race I have ever done, this year was better. We had so much fun. The whole day was a laugh from start to finish. The course is beautiful and challenging (especially if you have had a glass or two!) and its no mean feat running a hilly, half marathon anyway, so it is a tough event but if you fully partake in the spirit of the event, fancy dress, wine etc. it just makes it a pleasure to run.
The event is so well organised, and great value for money, we will definitely be back next year to defend our fancy dress title!
In short: The most fun I've ever had at a half. In full: This was our second time of running the Bacchus Half Marathon (following a stupid decision at 8:30 on Sunday morning) and what fun it was. We cobbled together fancy dress and entered when we arrived (paying a £5 surcharge for the privilege). The race has grown since we did it in 2011, and definitely for the better. The majority seemed to be in fancy dress and after a fun day out, just like us.
The long hill was challenging, to say the least, but was made up for with the splendid views and welcome wine/water/food station at the top. The long downhill made sure my last mile was my fastest, which has never happened before!
The hog roast and drink at the end is far more welcome than a goodie bag, so top marks for that. My only slight quibble is that even a small t-shirt drowns me - can you do some extra small ones for next year please?
We will definitely be back! Date of review: September 10, 2013
In short: Fantastic organisation and a great all round atmosphere In full: Very well organised. Everything worked like clockwork. There are some very steep parts to the race, but you are treated with some magnificent views. The organisers do a great job of creating and maintaining a fun and inclusive atmosphere. Not my best result, but certainly a lot of fun! Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Brilliant fun event In full: A brilliant day out, not sure why you get a chip time though! Seven food, water and WINE stations, different wine every time and drink as much as you like as long as you don't mind the little tasting cups. Strangely a few take it mildly seriously and don't run in fancy dress or drink the wine, but they are the minority. Even better if you can get a team with a fancy dress theme of your own, but the craic was great even for solo runners like myself. More drink, a hog roast and a reasonable running shirt thrown in at the finish. Spectacular scenery and the last mile is all downhill. Going to try the Marathon du Medoc next year, but if I don't get in I will be back at Bacchus. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: A Toast To Bacchus In full: I did not even have anything stronger than water as I ran round, but I did think that if Bacchus himself was sitting on a fluffy cloud looking down at us all, in our finery and glory he would have thoroughly approved and no doubt laughed and raised a toast to us all! This is one of my all time favourite races for the scenery and varied course. It works for those who really want to race and those who want to meander. The organisation and attention to detail is outstanding. The army of marshals, helpers and supporters thank you for all your smiles and shouts of encouragement. Also a huge whoop of thank you to my fellow runners and to Nicky and Alan and all the ETL team for a truly red letter day. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: The most fun you can have while running In full: If you feel that running is boring, or runners and races are too serious, enter the Bacchus half or marathon. This is running just for pure joy and fun. If you're going for a pb you're in the wrong race - like the lady who tutted and barged past when we got stuck behind two runners dressed as bunches of grapes on a narrow footpath. Just chill out and enjoy!
It is quite expensive compared to some race entries but amazing value nevertheless - partly becuase of the excellent organisation and partly because you get so much stuff for your money! Water stations stocked with wine, water, squash, sweeties, chocolate, biscuits, crisps, fruit, gels... I didn't walk much but stood around for ages deciding what to eat!
At the finish, in case you need to replace any more calories - water, squash, tea, cake, fruit, hog roast, wine... all included in the entry fee. Plus a tech t shirt and the loveliest, shiniest of medals. The scenery is stunning, the race HQ is superb, the portaloos are plentiful, the train station is 10 minutes walk away, the organisers are lovely, the marshalls and water station people are fantastic, the last mile is downhill. It's even chip timed. If you don't enjoy this race there is something wrong with you! Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Awesome, my first half marathon but definitely doing it again next year! In full: Never run more than two miles before so was half expecting not to finish my first half marathon but the wine, water and sweets/chocolate stops every 2 miles were amazing and definitely helped me finish. Event was really well organised, marshalls were fab and eveyone was so friendly, such a great atmosphere. This has definitely converted me and I suspect I'll be returning to do the Bacchus half year on year, who knows maybe I'll even attempt the full marathon sometime! Date of review: September 9, 2013