In short: This is the most fun you'll ever have during a half marathon! Fantastic! In full: What an amazing day! Very well organised...Beautifully scenic run, water stops to die for....party atmosphere from start to finish....I'll be back next year...thank you for the best half marathon experience ever!! Date of review: September 15, 2015
In short: The best-value and most-fun trail marathon around!!!! In full: A party atmosphere combined with stunning scenery makes for about the best trail marathon I have ever taken part in... ooops, I almost forgot to mention that you can participate in wine tasting every couple of miles!!! Date of review: September 15, 2015
In short: What an amazing race - everyone should do it!! In full: This was my 12th marathon in 12 months and I can honestly say it was the best. The scenery, marshals, atmosphere, food/wine stations, fancy dress costumes, live music and after race support were amazing. I can't fault it and I think I smiled almost the whole way round. Wonderful. ps - don't be put off by the hills - they're easy to walk up. Date of review: September 15, 2015
In short: If this is not on your "to do" list, you must already have done it. In full: This is the fourth time I have done this race, but every year has been fantastic. This year, I had the pleasure of running in a large group of fancy dress runners. I set a massive personal worst, but it really did not matter as we had a great time, and we stuck together for the full 26.2 miles. I was thinking about doing something different next year, but after yesterday, I may very well be back. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: A good day's work In full: Really very enjoyable event. Excellent organisation. Good camaraderie. Lovely marshals. Bit hilly and not a PB in the offing. But this race is so not about that kind of thing. Something to enjoy. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Really great event ...... In full: I was lucky enough to do the "original" Medoc marathon last year, I was asked which I preferred afterwards ..... I really couldn't say! Yes, the Medoc was beautiful, but the Surrey countryside is just as beautiful; the Medoc wine was great, but the Denbies wine was great; the Medoc organisation was spot on.... but so was the Bacchus! There was fancy dress at the Medoc and the Bacchus .... so all in all I'd recommend both events .... but given that the Medoc cost me quite a lot of money [travel / hotel / etc.] and the Bacchus was only a minute fraction [given I live locally] I will be at the start line of the Bacchus next year and probably the year after. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Fantastic Scenery. Brilliant organisation. Superb Marshalls. And WINE. LOTS OF WINE!!! In full: This event is brilliant. Everyone embraces the spirit of the event which is to have fun, drink wine and run (walk)a marathon (or half). You might not PB in this event however it could be the best race you take part in during the racing calendar. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: A hilly but absolutely brilliant race In full: This was my first marathon and I have to say it was a superbly organised race. Having run several half marathons and plenty of 10ks before I can't remember a race with better marshals and a more supportive group of runners cheering each other on. As you come round the second lap it is a little difficult to take on water with the slower/walking half marathoners crowding the stations but with a little please and thank you they are very quick to help and offer encouragement!
I managed to get round the first lap in 2h03 which I knew was ahead of schedule and maybe a bit too fast. Though the hills were tough first time round I managed to run the length of them, but when you come round the second time there was no way my legs would take me all the way even at a very slow jog. The consistent up hill for the first few miles and the long straight uphill before a hairpin and short, steeper hill were a mental and physical challenge second time round but the people around you get you through it.
The views are extraordinary once you make it to the top and Ranmore Common is a nice flat/undulating section to find a rhythm again, and the last descent has some amazing openings where you can look out over the North Downs and Denbies estate.
Though my second lap was significantly slower with a total 4h26 time and I nearly fainted at the finish line, I can't recommend this race highly enough. What I could eat of the hogroast was delicious and the free drinks were a nice touch. The race director shaking my hand at the end and congratulating me on money raised was also a unique and very enjoyable part. I will definitely be back, though perhaps might tackle the half until I'm a bit quicker! Date of review: September 24, 2014