Water of Life Half-Marathon

MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

I'm in! I'll be giving the crowds at Reading and Fleet the slip and instead taking a leisurely bimble along the Thames.

Pity the three events clash this year, but I'm happy with my choice image



  • Hiya!  Have you done it before?  Thinking I might like to have a crack at another half.....maybe......perhaps.......
  • Ha!  Realise that you HAVE done this before.....am  VERY tempted.......and just a little......EEEEEK!

  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    You know you want to!

    It's pretty much flat, mostly off-road on good surfaces, couple of minor gradients but nothing major. And some kissing gates so this is not a balls-out pb course.

    It was probably my favourite event this year.

  • I'm going for four halfs in four weeks in March 2010 so this could be number 3.  MK, then Silverstone, this then Bournemouth Bay.  It will be nice to start with two completely flat courses, then an interesting one and finish with a coastal run.
  • Muttley, you're talking my kind of language! Who wants to run through city streets when you can be slithering your way along a towpath in the middle of the countryside? image

    I AM going to turn up at the start line in one piece for this one, I am I am!!!! image Marshalling's all very well but ...  Ohhh sooooo careful training over the winter months methinks image

  • I look forward to seeing you in action, RHR!
  • You won't see me for mud (as in, you'll be miles ahead of me churning it up) I definitely belong to the slow and steady brigade. Occasionally I think wistfully about breaking the 2 hour mark, but it probably ain't going to happen. image
  • Really torn on this weekend and need to make a decision soon - Reading, Fleet or this one - Muttley, as you've done it before, is it a trail shoes or a road shoes run?
  • When I did it the weather was dry and sunny. I'd say road shoes should be fine. The route is mostly off-road but it's not a cross-country mudfest although if the weather is wet beforehand it might get a bit squelchy.

  • Road shoes it is.  More fun that way haha.
  • thanks for that. I still can't make my mind up - did Fleet last year and missed Reading through being ill.
  • Finally entered - hurrah! Thought it would be the ideal incentive to go for a run when it's pitch black, pouring with rain and blowing a hurricane ... image
  • I haven't entered yet, will leave it until nearer the time due to funds.  Does this race normally fill up?
  • It did this year but in 2010 it clashes with both the Reading and Fleet so I don't know how it will play out.
  • Great stuff, I'll enter after Christmas to make sure.

    Thought about Reading myself but £28 is a bit steep for a half, especially as I have 4 to enter in 4 weeks.

  • I've entered this one instead of Fleet this year....looking forward to it as a lead up to London Mara..... Looking forward to it image
  • Hurrah - finally got out for a 5 mile stagger after weeks of dodgy ice and then flu, so my main comment is Ouch! Legs out of practice. Just as well this one's mainly off road - much softer on the old knee joints. How's everyone else getting on? Don't tell me - a nice relaxing 10 miler before breakfast.
  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭
    Well, I was going to do a longer and slower run today to get back into the groove after weeks of snow and ice but ... CBA. Tomorrow.
  • Back out on the roads last night and a few laps round Ascot racecourse innner road this afternoon. For the first time ever I've been using a treadmill at the local school's sports centre. I might use it again for doing speed work or intervals.

    I'm going for this Water of Life race instead of Reading or Fleet. I know Marlow pretty well (have done the Marlow half twice) - Muttley, is the parking at Bisham Abbey for the race, and was it ok when you did the race before?

  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭
    From what I recall the parking is at or close by Bisham Abbey, Guy. But I'm not a motorist so can't be 100 per cent sure.
  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭
    Boing ... not so long to go now and the weather seems to be improving ... let's hope we get what we got last year ...
  • Time to own up to race numbers? I'm no. 10, I'll be the one looking puce and sweaty somewhere near the back.
  • 296 - eyes like Wily E Coyote after a particularly impressive dynamite-based catastrophe. I'll be hoping for around 1hour 38, so around the middle of the pack?

    Got to get through the 10k at Richmond Old Deer Park tomorrow first though

  • PG3PG3 ✭✭✭
    I am doing this. I got a free entry as i marshalled for purple patch last year. I will be doing this at marathon pace as training for London.
  • PG3PG3 ✭✭✭
    if anyone ends up with a spare place, i might have a taker ...
  • PG3PG3 ✭✭✭
    cant remember what number i am, but i will be there.  Planning to run at predicted marathon pace so in theory, it should be comfortable..... hopefully.....
  • Aaaah rain glorious rain! That towpath is going to be beautifully muddy by Sunday. Still, it's about time my trainers stopped looking bright white! image
  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    I'm out. On the bench with calf injury image

    It is healing but I can't risk a half marathon at this stage. I'll go for a gentle plod tomorrow morning for a couple of miles.

    To the fit and running - enjoy this one, it's a fine event in a great setting.

  • PG3PG3 ✭✭✭
    I am no 41 - looks like the weather should be ok tomorrow even if it is a little muddy
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