Water of Life Half-Marathon

24 March 2013

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21/03/2013 at 00:38

Trying Torun - what I mean is that trail shoes are a real advantage on sand, gravel, loose surfaces, wet grass and rocks, but on thick mud you just slip around whatever you're wearing.

Edited: 21/03/2013 at 00:39
21/03/2013 at 08:47
chillies for breakfast wrote (see)

Muttley - I'm probably going to go with my knackered old Adidas Kanadias because on balance there is going to be enough of the soft stuff. Probably won't be wearing a vest and shorts this year though, looking at the forecast!

Aye, sounds sensible. I have two pairs of trail shoes - Adidas Kanadia and More Mile Cheviot. The latter are more aggressive and grippier but a bit clumpy but probably either would do the job. PP have served us well in the past with the weather for this one so let's hope they pull it off again on the day, even if the ground is a bit boggy.

Edited: 21/03/2013 at 08:48
21/03/2013 at 10:16

I noted an email from them yesterday mentioning a diversion from the route somewhere along the towpath - they are obviously on top of the situation

21/03/2013 at 15:08

I've only just received that one.

Claire and Chris, if you're patrolling this thread - thanks for all the hard work making sure this one goes ahead. We do appreciate it!

21/03/2013 at 17:40


Despite our best efforts we have had to take the decision to postpone the Water of Life 10k & Half Marathon on Sunday 24th March.

The recent weather as you know has caused us problems along the route and unfortunately the forecasts are for much worse weather to come.  After an inspection of the course today we have had to take the decision on H&S grounds not to go ahead on Sunday.

We will however be re-scheduling the race to the new date of 7th July 2013.  You do not need to do anything as your registration will automatically be rolled over to this new date.  You will receive race communications from us as we get closer to the date in the normal way.

If at all possible, please email us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with 'message received' or something similar (unless you have already responded previously) so that we can attempt to make sure every runner knows the new arrangements.

I'm sure you are as disappointed as we are, but your safety has to come first.  We will be back in touch a little closer to the new race date.

Thanks for your understanding!

The Purple Patch Team 


22/03/2013 at 00:05

I've replied to the email - and now I have to force myself to go and do a solo 15 miler in prep for a May marathon (Avesbury to Stonehenge) instead of just going out drinking on Saturday night . I might drive to Marlow and run the route plus the road bit to and from Pound Lane - I can pretend to be in the lead!

22/03/2013 at 09:01

You could do the Banbury 15, cfb. Same day but not off-road. I'm considering it.

22/03/2013 at 15:24

This was meant to be my first 10k so am disappointed but it is a sensible decision.  I ran along part of the course a few weeks ago and the mud was like treacle in places - particularly around Hurley.  Hopefully it will stop raining by July...

25/03/2013 at 00:03

Muttley - the river was back up way over the bank at Marlow again today - the mooring path at Temple Lock was at least 2 feet underwater. However, me and Mrs C walked a good chunk of the bank on the Temple/Bisham side (where the race was supposed to be today) and it was muddy but runnable. I suspect though that the field crossing at 5 & 9 miles would have been a bit of a challenge!

25/03/2013 at 19:07

And the Banbury 15 was cancelled at short notice. Sometimes these things are just not meant to happen.

Thumbs up from me to PP for rescheduling. They could have just cancelled.

03/04/2013 at 10:20


We're on again, this time for 5 May. Yay! If these Siberian winds could just kindly foxtrot oscar by then please.

03/04/2013 at 21:33

Unfortunately I'm down to do a marathon that day - Avebury to Stonehenge (or the Sarcen Trail). Not that I've done any training!

21/04/2013 at 23:19
Anyone still planning to run this on the 5th? I bailed out but reckon I'm still gunna do it now, does anyone know how many are expected to run or if there's been a big drop out?
22/04/2013 at 09:35

The fact that a) I've paid for it and b) Purple Patch have done so much to keep the show on the road makes me doubly determined to do it

They could have cancelled due to force majeure.

So I'll be there on the day even if it's only me!

23/04/2013 at 00:30

Muttley, I had already paid for both, and much as I love this race I've done it twice before, and I haven't run the Sarcen Trail/Neolithic Marathon. Plus, it's a marathon. I'll be back next year though (River Thames permitting!)

At least Purple Patch/Water of Life will have my entry fee, so I'll have done my charidee bit

04/05/2013 at 20:44

All set for tomorrow and the weather forecast looks good.

05/05/2013 at 16:38

Hope you had a good outing Muttley (and anyone else) - I did the Sarsen Trail Neolithic Marathon, from Avebury to Stonehenge, which was long (allegedly) and gruelling to say the least. 11 minutes slower for me than South Downs last year and my first mara outside 4 hours!

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