Favourite Race of 2019


Our race prep for the 2019 Bacchus race last September was less than ideal. Neither Michael or myself were really feeling that up for it, we both had niggles or injuries, and we’d already downgraded from the half marathon to the 10k distance.


The night before, instead of an early night and a healthy meal, we accidentally stayed up late and shared a bottle of wine. Oops!


We had to go, we weren’t aiming for any particular finish time, we had our fancy dress costumes ready, and we were meeting a friend there, so we set our alarm and dragged ourselves out of bed early the next morning to make the journey by train over to Box Hill.


For those of you who haven’t heard of the Bacchus race before let me summarise it for you as it’s not your standard event. So you run/drink wine/run/drink wine/run/drink wine / eat hog-roast / dance the afternoon away with members of the Village People!

Okay, Village People not guaranteed every year, but hopefully, they’ll be back as their costumes were brilliant.


The wine bit isn’t completely gratuitous given that the race is set in a beautiful vineyard in Surrey. Walking towards the venue we were surprised by how large the vineyard was, and in the sunlight the views across the fields were stunning. We were lucky enough to have amazing weather that day, glorious late summer sunshine making it warm but not too hot.

There are a number of race distances available; 10k, half or full marathon. And while most people were in fancy dress there were some speedsters there on the day in their running club vests, tearing their way around the course.