In short: WOW - How much more FUN could you possibly want? In full: My very first Bacchus and, most definitely, not my last! I have already pre-booked my B&B for next year. :-) What can I add to what has already been said so well by others, I wonder? That I had the most FUN ever in a alf-marathon? That I enjoyed all the very friendly and encouraging marshals? That I was overwhelmed by all the food/goodies at the plentiful 'drinks' stations, not forgetting the superb wine? The carnival atmosphere? The stunning scenery throughout the course? The excellent BBQ laid out for us, meat-eaters as well as vegetarians? The superb technical t-shirt and well-designed medal? You name it - this (ETL) event has got it! And, unless you do it you will never know what you have missed! Thank you, ETL, and all your helpers for making the Bacchus event one of my top 'must-do-again' events.
In short: Amazing race, amazing countryside and massive fun In full: Initially I thought Bacchus was rather expensive but having completed the 2014 race I have to say it is worth every penny! The atmosphere was brilliant, the setting (both Denbies and the surrounding countryside) cannot be beaten and the organisation of the whole event was second to none. I really loved the festival atmosphere on the way around and at the end. The wine and hog roast BBQ was a fantastic touch. Loved the quality medal and tshirt as well.
Thanks to everyone involved and can't wait to come back in 2015. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: |Fantastic race In full: This was my first half-marathon and I really enjoyed it. The organisation was great thanks to ETL and their team, plus lots of friendly volunteers giving encouragement during the run. There was a great atmosphere with lots of runners in fancy dress, live music en route and wine-tasting and treats at the 'water' stations. We were rewarded with a medal, tech T-shirt, hog roast and wine at the end. I'd thoroughly recommend this event to runners and walkers. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Absurd, great fun and uplifting vibe In full: This is a truly unique event. I was happy to forget about the running and the pb for once, with my usual sub-2 sacrificed for a very post 3! ;-). It was psychologically interesting to just don some fancy dress, drink the wine, spend time all the way round lightly jogging and chatting with friends. Now you can run it 'properly' but to be honest I think you probably miss out a bit if you do (this is probably a traitorous comment for runners). The organisation is bang on and the marshalling excellent and friendly. Also in addition to the medal and tech t-shirt we were treated to an amazing array of fruit at the end... and then the hog roast .. and more wine :-) Excellent fun, excellent views. Go play .. enjoy.
In short: best half I've ever done In full: Ran this on my 50th birthday, thought I'd make it my last half. But now I'm hooked, already looking forward to next year.Marshals and runners very friendly, course fabulous, challenging but with a long downhill finish.Equally suitable for serious runners and first-timers who want to take it easy and enjoy scenery and very generous water stations along the way.Post-race bbq delicious,and a very nice touch having a massage after the race! Thanks to the organisers and landowners. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Well organised race in lovely countryside In full: This was a very good event; not only was there water and wine at the drinks stations but lots of nibbles as well, and it's the first time at a UK race that I've seen such a selection of food just after the finish line - fruit, cakes, etc. The views from the top were magnificent, well worth the climb, which was less steep than I'd feared (most of it, anyway). Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Loved this race. Really unique and lots and lots of fun. In full: Definitely one of the best events I've ever done. The venue is fantastic (Denbies Estate) and they make you feel very welcome (I guess the runners do bring in lots of trade - we certainly bought wine and lots at the farm shop!). The atmosphere is electric with so many great costume wearers in action. The course was surprisingly flat overall - just one decent hill in it. I loved it. Thank you to all the marshalls/helpers/organisers. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Absolutely brilliant :-) In full: Second time I've done this event and it was once again magnificent, unbelievable amount of fancy dressers of all types, so funny. Drink, food, great medal & tech t shirt, plus excellent organization and fabulous marshals, what more could you want from an event? In my opinion, nothing :-) Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Fantastic race and excellent family day out, even if you are not a runner! In full: What a fantastic day ! An enjoyable event! Marshals were so friendly and helpful. The Pipers at the half way point were absolutely amazing, giving us the chance to display our well practised “Gig” . The steel band equally as enjoyable at the top of our big climb. Obviously we were lucky with the weather but that doesn’t take away how much detail was put into making this event truly the best in the UK. Best of both worlds, some of our group, who didn’t dress as cows, ran the course as a half marathon, claiming it to be the best half they had ever raced due to facilities and spectacular views and those of us who decided to enjoy the atmosphere, had the best day out probably since last years race! Date of review: September 15, 2014