Fast Flowing River Doesn’t Deter Swimmers for the Henley Classic

henley-classic-2016-1Above average rainfall and a fast flowing River Thames did not deter swimmers leaving the comfort of their beds for a 4am start at the Henley Classic on Sunday.

Now in its eleventh year, the Henley Classic open water swim is a celebration of summer. Over 600 swimmers entered the Thames at dawn, to swim the 2.1km upstream course of the Henley Royal Regatta. The river was so high, that in the days preceding the event there was a worry that the course would have to be reversed. However it went ahead as normal, making it the hardest swim of the event’s history.

People travelled from across the world to take advantage of the rare opportunity to swim this stunning stretch of the river at the most beautiful time of day.

Messages from Facebook after the event

Antonio Figueras Congratulations to the organizers!!! It was tough but worth all the efforts. Thank you and I hope to do it again in the next years. Going back to Vigo (Spain) tomorrow. Again,henley-classic-2016-2 many thanks to organizers and participants!!!

Martina Keyte Thank-you very much for the fantastic event: amazing atmosphere, superb organisation & information, thanks to everyone helping with the event and thanks for all the kind and encouraging words from everyone. Sounds like it was a great year for our first ever Henley Classic,

The winner was 21 year old Andrew Horsfall-Turner (in a time of 30:31), with 16 year old Sam Crabtree coming a close second.

The next Henley Swim event will take place on 10th July at Temple Island Meadows. This is the Henley Mile with distance from 200m to one mile, and open to ages 8 – 80. More information can be found at Online registrations close on Monday 4th July