Local event organiser Henley Swim has received national recognition by winning GOLD athlete-rated awards for all four of their 2019 events.
The Thames Marathon has been awarded ‘BEST UK SWIM’ for the third consecutive year while the Selkie Henley Classic, Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival and Club to Pub have been awarded Gold for the first time, following exceptionally high athlete ratings on race review and booking website Racecheck.
Of the many thousands of events hosted across the country in the last year, less than 20 reached the standard of 4.8 / 5 needed to receive a gold award. Henley Swim was the only organisation to receive gold for all of their events.
Director of Operations, Juliet Hume enthuses about the recognition and win: “The Henley Swim Community has done it again! We couldn’t put on our events without our swimmers, and now their reviews have made us award winners.
Receiving positive and constructive reviews from them is vital to help us improve our events. To be able to showcase swimmers’ opinions on Racecheck is an incredibly useful tool. Choosing an event can be a huge decision and a short sentence or reassurance in a review could be the thing to tip the balance.
We are now looking forward to continuing to build our community and to further improve our events in 2020 – aiming for 5/5 all round! “
Swimmers were particularly impressed with the organisation, safety and the friendliness of the event commenting “The friendliest event I’ve experienced, in a beautiful location, well organised and with great support from both event organisers and local people” – Charlotte Wyman
Henley Swim is now in its 16th year and aims to bring people together to swim unique, challenging and unforgettable open water swimming events. Every year the events attract both new swimmers and people returning again and again, from all over the world. Places in the events are in high demand and often sell out many months in advance.