Entries open on Friday for the Henley Classic 2016. The Henley Classic is a 2.1km open water swimming event held each year in the River Thames. It is a unique opportunity to swim the course of the Henley Royal Regatta, at dawn, the Sunday before the rowers begin to compete.
The event is so popular that swimmers return year after year. This real commitment involves arriving at the river at around 2.30am, to be ready to take the plunge shortly after dawn, which further adds to the excitement of the swim.
The next event will take place on 26th June 2016 and the organisers are planning to celebrate and reward any swimmers that are swimming the event for at least the fifth time. So they are searching for swimmers who have entered the race 4 times or more since it began in 2004, and who are planning to swim next year. If you qualify email email@example.com with the years you participated.
So far, many people have come forward including Andy Thomas. Andy has swum the race 10 times, every year since 2005, apart from 2012 when the race was cancelled due to the flow of the river being too strong.
The race began when two ex-rowers Jeremy Laming and Tom Kean decided to swim the regatta course. The event has built from 2 swimmers in 2004 to over 700 in 2015. It is usually swum upstream, in 2007 the river was flowing so fast that it had to be swum downstream, and record finishing times were posted.
Entries to the 2016 event open THIS FRIDAY (6th November) at 9am. The event is very popular so to guarantee a place the organisers suggest signing up as early as possible. Entries can be made via the website www.henleyswim.com
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