SURREY BACCHUS HALF MARATHON. £46.00
11th Sept 2016 from 10am
Supported by Mole Valley District Council, Powerbar UK and Hoka One One. The event HQ is Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA. With six wine tasting stations per lap, post race BBQ, fancy dress, stunning views and an international field the focus of this event is fun fun, fun. This event is growing in stature and attracts runners and walkers from all over the world. It has sold out each year and is a must do event. There is a marathon, half marathon and 2.5k fun run available. The half marathon was voted second best half in the UK by Runners World Readers in 2013 and 2014 and voted third best event over all in 2014.
Entries are now open. You can either enter online using the form at the bottom or download an application form here. This event has the online charge incorporated in the entry fee. Overseas entrants will need to enter via Runnersworld here. Finishers of the Full and Half Marathon will be presented with a technical t-shirt (available in Small, Medium, Large or X-large - we cannot guarantee sizing), medal, post race BBQ and complimentary drink on completion of the race. Entrants for the full or half marathon are required to be 18 years or above. Finishers of the fun run will be awarded with a medal and chocolate bar. There is no age limit for fun run entrants (children positively encouraged, although under 8's do need to be accompanied by an adult).
Please note, you will not receive anything in the post. Pre registration (and number pick-up) for the full and half marathon will be available from Run to Live Specialist Running Shop the week of the event and from 8am on race day from the race HQ at Denbies Vineyard. Race day instructions can be downloaded here closer to the time.
Download a route map here (Stars represent suggested viewing points for your friends and family) - the route is likely to have a minor tweek this year. The route is one lap (Half) or two laps (Full) and starts and finishes at the marvellous Denbies Vineyard near Dorking, Surrey. The route is undulating (with one significant hill) and multi-terrain with a bias towards road. Using footpaths along the North Downs Way, you will be guaranteed breath taking views over the Mole Valley, Ranmore Common and the North Downs.
As England's largest vineyard Denbies Wine Estate has been producing award winning wines since 1986. It is the first wine estate in the world to give visitors of all ages a unique and fascinating insight into all aspects of the wine producing process, all year round, with indoor and outdoor tours and tasting.
The vineyards of Denbies Estate are situated on the North Downs with its famous chalky soil, in a protected valley of south facing slopes. A total 265 acres have been planted (three times the size of any other in the UK) and has met the promise of producing some of the finest sparkling and table wines in Europe.
The venue has secue baggage, toilets and changing facilities (sorry, no showers). Refreshments are available for purchase from the restaurant and a post race BBQ will be provided free of charge to all participants of the full and half marathon.
Run to Live specialist running shop will be there with lots of goodies. Fine Fettle multi heathcare will also be there with a massage team to massage your aches away for a small fee (donated to the event charity). Other attractions will be announced closer to the time.
Health and Safety
There is no doubt this course is challenging. You need to be fit and well to start this race. Do not run if you feel unwell or have recently been unwell, even if you are raising money for charity.
Most medicall emergencies during races occur in people who have been unwell but do not wish to miss the event. If you feel feverish, have been vomiting, have had severe diarrhoea or any chest pains, or otherwise feel unwell, then it is unfair to you, your family, your charity and the race support staff to risk serious illness and become a medical emergency. You are unlikely to do yourself justice and there are many other races that you will be able to compete in.
Please note, in the interest of safety, MP3 players and similar devices using headphones are not allowed. You will be disqualified if you are seen to use them. Our insurance covers you for public liability only. Please be aware you are responsible for your own personal injury insurance cover.
The area is situated in the beautiful Surrey Countryside nestling in the North Downs. As well as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is a lot to do in and around the area.
Getting There and Parking
The HQ is situated just off the A24 London Road, Dorking and is close to Junction 9 of the M25. We have secured parking at Friends Life just opposite the Denbies estate. The closest railway stations are Boxhill & Westhumble and Dorking stations which have very good rail links from London Victoria, London Waterloo, Horsham and Guildford.
We strongly suggest you come by public transport if you can. Remember to factor in walking time from the train station to the Race HQ. We would estimate a good 15 minute walk depending on which you use.
Provisionally, 10am for the marathon, 10.30am for the half-marathon and 10.45am for the fun run. The event is designed for your to have a great time as well as showcasing the beautiful Surrey Hills. Don't worry, despite the area being known as 'lumpy' we have flattened the route as much as we can. We won't deny there are 'undulations' and on memorable 'hill'. However, with 300m of climb per lap the route is perfectly manageable especially when you factor in the 6pm cut off. Although the focus of this event is fun, the normal aspects of an event are also there. We have water stations every two miles and Powerbar race nutrition at each station.
However, in addition to the expected, you will also have the opportunity to sample some of the best wines that Denbies have to offer. Fancy dress, although not compulsory, is strongly encouraged.
Sussex Sport photography will be on hand to take race photographs for purchase afterwards.
Withdrawals, Transfers and Cancellations
From the moment we begin to organise an event, we start to incur costs. Your entry fee is invested into the cost of staging the event - everything from the start and finish venue to printing, safety pins, race numbers, marketing and VAT. Organising any event requires a considerable amount of forward planning, risk and expense. For this reason, we are not able to refund or transfer your entry to another event.
However, in the event you are not able to run, if you can find a replacement, we can transfer your place to them. Please contact Nicky at firstname.lastname@example.org with the full details of your replacement. Please include full name, DOB, gender, club, e-mail address, postal address and telephone number plus details of the 'in case of emergency' contact in your e-mail.
The deadline for any changes is four weeks before the event. Most race directors will charge an administration fee for this service, we do not. Please do not run with someone elses number, you will not be covered under our insurance and in the event of you becoming unwell out on the course, we will not have any contact details for you or your family. If you are found to be running with incorrect details, you will be disqualified.
If the event cannot go ahead for any reason we will endeavour to contact you by e-mail. We will also post updates on the blog page of our site and through our facebook and twitter accounts. Runners will be given the option of transferring their entry to the revised date (if rescheduled) or another event specified. Because of the huge costs incurred by this event prior to it taking place, no refunds will be offered under any circumstances.
Race Awarding Body
This race is run with an ARC permit under ARC rules.
As always, the success of any race is determined by the selfless volunteering of many marshals. If you would like to help, then please contact Nicky at email@example.com
A donation from the Surrey Bacchus event will go to Princess Alice hospice in Esher. Princess Alice hospice is a local charity dedicated to providing free high-quality compassionate care and support for patients , their families and carers. They care for people with cancer and other illnesses living in a large part of Surrey, south west London and Middlesex.
If you wish to find out more about the great work Princess Alice Hospice do, or access other events run by them, the link to their website is here. Princess Alice hospice is a registered charity No 1010930.