It is 'THAT' one.
You know the one you have read about on Runners World?
The one you have heard people talk about and your not sure if it's true, the one that seems to be the stuff of legend, that is too good to be true, yes THAT one around the vineyard with all the wine!
|Ready to attack the Bacchus Half Marathon|
Bacchus is certainly no ordinary half marathon.
|Some amazing Surrey scenery which my camera does not do justice to|
Secondly at least 80% of participants wear fancy dress and amble their way around rather than running against the clock.
|Wine, so much wine...|
And thirdly all the drink stations serve wine from the Denbies wine estate, but not just wine, water, energy gels, and all manor of snacks you could possibly want. I am talking biscuits, crisps, chopped up mars bars, bananas, orange segments, jelly babies and other sugary sweets, quite a banquet!
|Food, all the food!|
And it certainly is a lot of fun! I had an awesome time, easily the most fun I have had during a race and I would say I have really enjoyed the majority of my races.
You know when you have a race where you are constantly overtaking and then being overtaken by a handful of other runners and you build up a bit of camaraderie with then? Imagine this but better because everyone is having fun not worrying about split times and PBs and because everyone is in fancy dress and has had a fair bit of alcohol and then not only are you chatting with people as you run past each other but having a drink and a chat with them every two miles or so at every drinks station.
I ran the race with my brother in law Tom and we ended up wearing St George and the dragon costumes, me as the knight St George (or King Arthur as I was commonly referred to) and Tom as the dragon (or the devil as several people seemed to think not least a startled gentleman dressed up as a vicar!).
We started the day with a pre race wine, (well it would be rude not to!) and set out just to enjoy the day and run at a comfortable place.
We took our time enjoying each and every drinks station, the wine, the bands and the people.
Along the route we enjoyed hamming it up to the max our characters as I pretended to theatrically slay the mighty dragon, needless to say neither of us will be winning any Oscars any time soon!
We both marveled and appreciated some of the stunning scenery and reflected on just enjoying a great running experience.
But most of all we enjoyed the atmosphere, the banter and the friendships we made along the way with superheroes, hula girls, fairies, bumble bees, ghostbusters and zebras to name but a few. It was great to run with, chat with, dance with and drink with all of yo, as they say it's people that make an event so thank you to everyone who helped make the day awesome!