In short: Challenging run in fun atmosphere In full: Ran the Bacchus half for the first time last weekend and would heartily recommend it to everyone. There was a real mix of abilities so anyone can join in - some going for good times others enjoying the views, banter and winetasting en route! Yes you read that right - this race has the best water/stop stations every - plenty of water, orange quarters, jelly babies, crisps, dried fruit and... wine from the Denbies Estate... and delicious it was too! The course is challenging with a fair bit of uphill... but the countryside is breathtaking the last mile is all downhill so a great way to finish! Added to that you are rewarded with a BBQ and a glass of wine afterwards so all in all a fantastic day out! Date of review: September 12, 2012
In short: Well organised half in a fantastic setting In full: It was tough in the heat, and with the trail route on the hills, was never going to be a PB. But, my challenge was to enjoy the 6 wine stations and complete the run. The course is lovely, and the hot sunshine added to the beauty as you ascend Ranmore common on the north downs escarpment. The numerous and well stocked stations were well appreciated.
A few points of feedback for next time: - I would prefer an earlier start than 12. - my children did the fun-run, and we did not see anywhere that it was much more expensive to enter on the day - how about having the fun-run after the half marathon has set-off - how about letting the supporters and fun runners buy a portion of the hog roast Date of review: September 11, 2012
In short: One to cherish...and do again In full: I think the guys at Run to Live did an amazing job (and thanks to them) on this one. Fresh fruit and goodies. They really thought out what was best for the runners on what was a very hot 1st weekend in September. Shame the start time could have been a little earlier in future if it looks like it will be another hot one. Date of review: September 11, 2012
In short: A proper run to have fun on! In full: Wow! Fantastic day! Decided to run as Dennis the Menace as this was my wife's first running event! Expected the hill, and loved it! 944ft of fun ascent! The wife loved it! (had a divorce lawyer on standby!). So much so, that not only does she want to do it again, she's signed up for another half! Personally I'm all in for the full next year! The marathon runners looked hot and serious, but were all very friendly. The race put a smile on my face and it's still there!! Well done all!!! Date of review: September 11, 2012
In short: ETL's Finest Yet! In full: In 2010 I did this race and it was a much smaller but still a fun race. Last year I did the Marathon du Medoc from which the idea of the Bacchus/Denbies race comes from and that was one of my all time fav races but this year at the Bacchus ETL ramped it up into a fun fiesta and the Medoc had better watch out! I had a blast in the sun - slick organisation, great fun marshalls, wonderful scenery and a great medal. I too like the touch of Alan shaking our hands as we finished and everyone in their costumes shone brightly in the sun. The camaraderie with the runners, marshalls and supporters spurred us all on over the hills, and the strongest beverage to pass my lips was good old water. I am still smiling and I will look forward to doing it all over again. Thank you to Alan, Nicky and all their team. Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: Fantastic fun In full: Well I knew from the location that I would not get a Personal best...but I got a Personal Worst and it was one of the best days of fun I've had in a long time! The course was 'undulating' in the extreme....whose idea was that hill? When wearing a big yellow foam suit in high 20s temperature and add those hills it makes for a slow old course. The Marshalls though - they can make or break a race and here they were fantastic - the drinks stations were so well stocked they were worth a 5 minute break with the fruit, gels, water, pretzels and wine, and the sponge station at #4 was very welcome. From start to finish this was a winner of a day, and one that if a definite date for next year. Thankyou all! Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: I'll be back next year In full: This was my first ever half marathon, and it's given me the long distance bug. Brilliant from start to finish. Great venue, well organised, friendly marshals and wine. I'm there next year. Only thing I learned was that the black Spiderman costume I wore wasn't the best in 30 degree heat! PB potential will go after the first wine stop but I'm definitely going to apply again next year, maybe even do the marathon Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: Although not a beginner's race because of difficulty, a great welcoming well-organised day means I'm sure I'll be back for mroe In full: A brilliant experience for my first ever half marathon. Despite the heat (what can you do?) and the hills (fully anticipated), a great atmosphere and a beautiful course made this a brilliant experience.
The organisers did a grand job preparing for the hot weather - although bigger tables/more water at the stations wouldn't have gone amiss - it was frustrating to have to queue up. That was my only niggle and I'm sure on other occasions without such heat it wouldn't be such a problem.
I totally agree with other reviews that the provisions laid on both during and after the race were much more valuable and appreciated than anything in a goodie bag. Date of review: September 10, 2012