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Blanche Barnes reports back from the Bacchus Half Marathon – 13.1 miles with a twist

My 3rd half marathon, but my first (though possibly not my last) in a vineyard – dressed as a fairy.

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The whole thing was pleasantly surreal – running through a beautiful rural setting, singing Grease tunes with Tbirds and Pink Ladies, surrounded by cavemen, bumblebees, robbers, Wonderwomen & Batmen, and obviously some human grapes. And periodically pausing to “take in the views” at the wine tasting stations. All welcome distraction from the many hills, (which my fairy comrade & Bacchus expert Hannah assured me were much worse than last year). Though it was cleverly organised so that the toughest bits were mainly in the first half, happily decreasing in the later stages in perfect correlation to the increase in wine stations. A fab downhill finish followed by lunch included in the entry fee (and a great discount on the wines 😊).

For once I wasn’t chasing a PB (and seemingly I wasn’t alone, judging by the full on party crowd at the final drinks station, quite a few of whom got maximum value for money by finishing in 5-6 hours!) For the full marathon, its 2 laps, and some parts of the course were narrow tracks on hillside, making overtaking difficult (especially with wings), so definitely something to consider if you were planning to do this as a serious event. 😂🍷🍷



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