Prospero, in The Tempest, refers to “Such stuff as dreams are made on”, in The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade calls the black bird “the stuff that dreams are made of”, #bacchustime is the stuff of legend!

With only four days to go preparations are being made around the country, the last minute tweaks to fancy dress being made. That’s right, #bacchustime is upon us for this Sunday will be the annual running of the Bacchus marathon/half marathon. With its six wine tasting stations per lap and strong fancy dress policy the focus of this event is all about having a bit of fun! It is an event known for setting personal worst times rather than personal bests!

This will be my first time participating in the event and I’m really looking forward to it even though my training of late hasn’t been great, to be honest I don’t think it’s that important here. For many it is the highlight of their running year, after all, how many half marathons are there where prancing around in fancy dress and drinking wine whilst running is de rigueur! I’m attending with a large group from Havant parkrun, a few of whom I know from work, many I have met through parkrun and many I have yet to meet. This is not their first time attending as a group (certainly not their last) and there is a theme that has been decided on for all to embrace. Last year the theme was ‘under the sea’, this year the theme is ‘space’. 

There are lots of Star Wars and Star Trek costumes available from fancy dress shops and eBay (other auction sites are available) and I actually already have a Star Trek costume from a previous event but I wanted to do something a little different and make my own costume. I’m not sure if it’s going to work as yet but that doesn’t really matter, I’m going to try and transform myself into a hologram, that’s right, I’m going to stick a H to my forehead, adopt a ridiculous salute and call myself Arnold Judas Rimmer! It’s time to get my Red Dwarf on!

I had signed up for the full marathon, but checking the events website last night it appears that I’m down on the half marathon list as ‘Paul (marathon) Jeffrey’. I think I can take an educated guess at what has happened there, I was part of a 50 or so group sign up. Given that I’ve spent the past two weeks in Florida and I’ve put on something like two stone in those weeks and not done any real long run training I’m quite happy to leave it like this, but we’ll see what happens on the day!

Full run report to follow!

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