Run Bacchus seeks wine trade runners

This year’s Run Bacchus – Britain’s answer to the Marathon du Medoc – is looking to recruit more wine trade runners to help raise awareness and funds for The Benevolent.

The event, which takes place on September 8, will tackle the challenging and hilly course through the North Downs.

It is being coordinated by Peter Richards MW, Susie Barrie MW, Julia Trustram-Eve and Lucy Marcuson. The team already comprises more than 20 runners of varying abilities, but, as Marcuson said: “The more the merrier!”.

Those already signed up include a team from Ridgeview and Decanter as well as Nik Darlington from Red Squirrel, Jacob Leadley winemaker at Black Chalk Wines, Charlie Holland from Gusbourne and Elliot Awin with runners from Bancroft, Chapel Down and Waitrose.

The event starts and finishes at Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking, Surrey, with half the course inside the estate and the other half passing through National Trust countryside and woodland along the Pilgrims Way and North Downs Way.

There will be five refreshment opportunities, including wine, and live bands along the 13.1-mile route.

The Benevolent aims to follow on from its successful mental health #notalone campaign by continuing to promote mental wellbeing within the drinks industry. The helpline was set up in 2017 to provide confidential access to support mental health and wellbeing issues on 0800 9154610. In 2018 the helpline assisted at least one colleague per day. The team are aiming to raise significant funds for this helpline, which costs £20,000 per year to run.

Members of the drinks industry are welcome to join the team by running with them or as support team on the day, and by donating to the charity via the team justgiving page

For further information about the race, contact Lucy Marcuson via

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