The Thames Marathon, a 14km open water swim in the River Thames between Henley and Marlow, has been awarded the Best UK Swimming Event in the 2017 Racecheck Awards, as voted by race participants.
The results were announced last night on Twitter. The Thames Marathon, organised by Henley Swim, received a rating of 4.94 out of 5, making it the top-rated swimming event in the country.
Racecheck, the race review platform for endurance sports events, used the reviews from thousands of registered athletes to rate their races and discover which offered the most exceptional race experience. Awards were given in six categories, for the first time the Racecheck Awards included Best UK Swimming Event. As the awards are based on rating a number of aspects of the event such as registration, the course & safety, they reflect 100% the quality of an event, rather than the number of participants.
Henley Swim co-founder Jeremy Laming said “We are delighted the Thames Marathon has been recognised in these awards, particularly as they are voted for by the participants. We always receive huge amounts of positive feedback after the Thames Marathon, so it is great to see the event confirmed as the best in the UK. We look forward to welcoming both returning swimmers and new faces on 5th August 2018. If you are looking for the swimming equivalent of the London Marathon, this is the event for you”
The Thames Marathon takes place along the 14km stretch of the River Thames, from Henley to Marlow. The swim is downstream, and swimmers must exit the river at each of the 3 locks on the route where they can rest and refuel, or immediately return to the water. It attracts all types of swimmers from competitive athletes to recreational swimmers. In 2017 the fastest swimmer took 2 hours and 41 minutes, while the final swimmer, Ray Wall, proudly came in at 6 hours and 22 minutes.
Registration for the 2018 Thames Marathon is open http://www.henleyswim.com/thames-marathon
Henley Swim also organises 3 other open water swimming events in the summer, including distances from 200m to 2.1km and attracting swimmers from aged 8 to 80. For more information visit www.henleyswim.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.
To read the reviews of Thames Marathon on Racecheck visit https://www.racecheck.com/races/thames-marathon