In short: Fantastic Race ,loved the route and the organisation was 1st class, fabulous overall. In full: This is definately a race worth doing, it's a challenging course but you get to run amidst osome lovely scenery and will get rewarded with a nice Medal & Tech T-Shirt afterwards and in additional a lovely Hog Roast & Glass of Wine or Beer - yummy !! Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: A great place to do your first X/C Marathon !! In full: Great race! Great camaraderie ! Great family/runners atmosphere! It has everything, to put a smile on your face. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: my hardest but best marathon In full: water stations - excellent (wine, jellybabies, gel, water, isodrink) marshalls - excellent route - hard, but really enjoyable One big climb two times plus a couple of small ones. BBQ, wine, very good atmoshphere With my training I was not completely ready for this challange and done my PW of 5hours, but I still find it the best marathon of the 7 I have done so far this year. Date of review: September 12, 2012
In short: The Bacchus Marathon is the English equivalent to the famous Le Marathon du Medoc in Pauillac near Bordeaux, France. The Bacchus is a great local alternative for us Brits. In full: Back for my hat-trick of runs at the Bacchus Marathon and the third year of this fabulous event which is fast becoming a regular on the marathon scene. Organised by Runners and Triathletes Alan and Nicky of ‘Events to Live’ the marathon, half marathon and fun run are based at the marvellous 'Denbies Wine Estate' near Dorking in Surrey and fancy dress and drinking wine is definitely encouraged. The Bacchus Marathon (named after the Roman God of Wine) starts and finishes in England’s largest vineyard and is a two lap undulating and multi-terrain course with a heavy bias towards off road, using footpaths along the North Downs Way and the Pilgrims Way. I completed the inaugural event in 2010 with a time of 3:56 which I was really pleased with - If you would like to read more then check out my full blog here at http://60in60at60.com/2012/09/10/m36-bacchus/ Date of review: September 12, 2012
In short: Sun, wine and hills; a perfect combination? In full: A great shout out to all the organisers/marshalls for a wonderful day. Everthing went like clockwork and one of the most fun days I have had in a long time! Date of review: September 12, 2012
In short: Hot and hilly in 2012, but I shall certainly do it again. In full: This is one tough race, although the wine did little (if anything) for my time. I was pleased I opted for the fancy dress as it helped me to feel more part of the event, even if I suffered somewhat as a result of my choice of clothing (because of the heat). If in doubt, do it! Date of review: September 11, 2012
In short: Tough But EnjoyableRace In full: With the heat and the hills this was definately a tough course and never one for a PB. However this was geared for fun and most certainly delivered. Marshalls were friendly and the drink stations were frequent and well stocked with fruit, crips, jellybabies etc. Infact the best I've ever came across. The wine tasting was the iceing on the cake. I made the most of this be stopping at each one for a chat and taste (Yes, for two laps) Picnic at the end was an excellent idea as gave a chance to chat to other runners. Also enjoyed the BBQ and glass of wine. There was a fault with the timing system and my heart went out to the DJ who seemed genuinly dissapointed. However as most of us were in fancy dress I much doubt many were looking for PBs. Anyway, times were rectified within a couple of days so no harm done.
I cannot recommend this enough. It's a beautiful course and the atmosphere is great. If you don't fancy the full marathon, then the option of a half is also available. You may even be doing yourself a favour by leaving your watch at home for this one.
In short: Wonderful wonderful day out spoilt only by the terrible caterers! In full: It was hot - and I did a PW of 6 hours, but I didn't care because I had the most amazing time. The race itself was well organised and the marshals were fantastic - the wine I was sure would be a bad idea but with plenty of water it is fine to have a little glass at every station (which I did) without adverse effects!
My only comments are - three of my group's chip times seem to be missing from the final results.
There was no hog roast left at the end which is unacceptable. If you have 200 runners, you need 200 portions, end of story. Not difficult - bad attitude of young kids serving and getting paid for it when older volunteers have stood out in the baking heat and been wonderful marshals for free - I find that quite insulting! A caterer told my friend who ran the marathon that he couldn't get her a glass of wine because "he'd been here since 9am and he was a bit tired". If the organisers sack the caterers and get better ones next year the event will be perfect!
Also all drinks stations back to front - surely it should be wine first, then food, then water - that would make it easier for serious runners and better for drinkers as they need water last after wine not before it. Date of review: September 10, 2012