Water of Life - 10K, Half Marathon and Junior Race - October

Sun 20th Oct 2019
2 Spittal St, Marlow SL7 1DA, UK
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  • Race packs collected on the day

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Enjoy a superb scenic multi-terrain 10k or half marathon route starting and finishing in the prestigious Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    10:00am Sun 20th Oct 2019
    Tickets available
  2. 10k

    Run 10km
    10:15am Sun 20th Oct 2019
    Tickets available
  3. Junior Race

    Run 0.8km
    10:20am Sun 20th Oct 2019
    Tickets available

Route info

What’s Included

Results and Prizes

Each finisher will receive a medal commemorating the event.

Prizes: The 10k presentation will take place at approx 11:30am, time permitting. If not, the 10k winners' prizes will be presented with the Half Marathon prizes at 12.15pm. Prizes in each race will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male & Female (regardless of age) then 1st Male & Female in the following categories: V40, V50, V60, V70.


Bag Drop: The baggage drop will be at the Start/Finish area from 08:00. You will be given a baggage tag when you pick up your race pack, which should be attached to your bag before taking it to the drop.

Race Packs:
Race packs should be picked up on the day between 07:30-8:45 from Race HQ. Desks close promptly at 08:45 Late Entries: We will be taking entries on race day between 07:30-08:45. Please go to the “Late Entries” desk in the Race Village in plenty of time to register and pick up a number & chip. Late entries have a surcharge of £3. Desks close promptly at 08:45

Race Number: Secure your race number securely to the FRONT of your running top using four pins. If you have a medical condition that will need consideration, please mark the front of your number with a cross and write details on the back. Race numbers must not be passed on to another runner

Toilets: There are toilets at the start/finish area and also inside and outside the Wokingham Waterside Centre, adjacent to the start area.

Water: There will be a water station at halfway, at the 5k point. There will also be water at the finish. If you require water prior to the race, please bring a bottle with you

Changing/Showers: Whilst there are no dedicated changing rooms or showers, you will be able to use the nearby London Aquatics Centre shower facilities for a small fee of £2 when showing your race number on entry.

Refreshments: Tea/coffee and snacks will be available at the start/finish area Changing: There are no changing facilities, so please come ready dressed for the race

Course Details

Both races take you along a mixture of road, trails and off-road footpaths, some of which go across fields that may be muddy, depending upon the weather. You will follow the towpath from Marlow towards Henley, before looping back to Marlow. As a multi-terrain route, it will provide you with different challenges along the way. You will occasionally come across kissing gates, bridges and steps.

The route follows public footpaths and you will meet other users, whether on foot or bicycle – please be considerate to other users. We will do all we can to warn other users in advance and to facilitate your run, but we have to share the towpath. The footpath is narrow and rutted in places – please take extra care on these stretches. Above all, enjoy the route, the countryside, and all that entails.

Raceday Logistics

Start Time

The Half Marathon race will start at 10:00am and the 10k will start at 10:10am. The children’s race will start once all adult runners have left the start/finish area – approximately 10:20am.


Race Venue

Both races start and finish at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, off Marlow Road, Bisham, Marlow, SL7 1RT. Look for the Purple Patch gantry!

Car parking

There is NO parking in the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. Event parking will be in the farmer's field opposite Bisham Abbey (unless there has been very wet weather, in which case you will be advised either beforehand or on arrival). Please follow the car park marshals' instructions. Please note that once you have driven down the lane to the car park, you will not be able to drive back up until both races are underway. Therefore, if you are dropping off only, please drop off elsewhere. There will be NO parking in Temple Lane as it is part of the race route. Once you have parked, please follow direction arrows to the race HQ - please take care crossing the road from the car park to Bisham Abbey.

Kit List

Trail shoes are recommended, especially during or after wet weather.


Beautiful start/finish area beside the Thames, with refreshments, food and children races while the main race is on.


No volunteers required


Can I have my dogs there?

Sorry, dogs are not allowed in Bisham Abbey grounds.

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Reviews (3)

4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2016

    I love a small race event, the atmosphere is so friendly, the organisation might not be quite up to the standard of the huge races, but that’s often what makes them all the more endearing.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2015

    A fantastic race. It could not be faulted. Excellent course, marshalls so friendly and supportive, the whole atmosphere was out of this world. Certainly a race I would do again and recommend. Thanks for such a nice medal and t-shirt. Well done everyone. One of the best races I have done in the 30 years I have been running.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2015

    It was an absolutely cracking run. Great value for money, excellent course and scenery. Great atmosphere, brilliant marshaling.

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There was great support all along the route, and the marshalls seemed approachable and helpful.
Mark G, 19th Feb 18


The Race Organiser do a good job, theyve got it down to a fine art
Mark G, 19th Feb 18


Excellent, enthusiastic marshals. Well organised race.
Mark G, 19th Feb 18

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