A marathon with ten wine breaks is coming to London this year
If you think about it, it sort of makes sense that running and drinking alcohol go together, as they both release endorphins. And the first wine marathon started in France, so you know the idea's a good one.
London is holding a wine marathon this year on September 8. The Surrey Bacchus Marathon takes place on the scenic Denbies Wine Estate in the green Surrey Hills. Though technically in Dorking, the route sits just outside the M25, and is an easy ride from London.
Named for the Roman god of wine, the race definitely lives up to his legacy. It offers the finest English wines to let runners decide whether the runner's high or day drinking is more euphoric.
The online event page reads:
"You will be able to sample six fabulous English wines, at five drinks stations along the course with two wines served at the last station, with food and soft drinks to accompany them. Even if you are running the marathon you go around twice which means 12 wines! There's more food and drink waiting for you at the finish at the post-race hog roast where the party carries on long into the evening. The field is limited to 2750 entries and always sells out so don't wait too long to enter."
The half marathon is also offered this year for the first time if you think that around 42 kilometres will be too strenuous on a full stomach of wine. Half marathon runners stop at five drink stations, the last of which serves two wines (so don't worry that you won't get enough booze for your buck!). The 10k run/walk only visits the first drink station, and there's obviously no alcohol involved in the children's 3k.
Though it might seem that the early 9:30 start time for the marathon's first wave might be too soon in the day for alcohol and exercise, runners' fun outfits and bands playing around the course will wake you right up. And the hog roast and additional complimentary drink at the finish line will keep your energy strong.
The entry fee for both the marathon and the half marathon is £50. The 10k is £30, and the children's race is free.