ABOUT THE RACES
THE HENLEY CLASSIC EVENT STARTED IN 2004, WHEN 2 FRIENDS (AND EX-ROWERS) DECIDED THEY WOULD LIKE TO SWIM THE ROYAL REGATTA COURSE.
To make sure that they did this as safely as possible and were out of the water before any rowing crews boated, they decided to jump in at 04:30hrs. The following year they were joined by around 7 friends and the year after that there were over 30 swimmers.
With the stream speed minimal, water temperature pleasant and the scenery stunning, the organisers quickly realised there was a demand for an official event so spent a great deal of time ensuring adequate safety measures were in place. The environment agency demonstrated their support for the event by closing the course to non-race craft to allow swimmers to compete as safely as possible.
Since those early days the event has grown in popularity every year, and now attracts hundreds of swimmers from across the globe to this now iconic event… and so the Henley Swim brand was launched.
Now operating four open water swims on the Thames, the experienced team organise some wonderful and unique events for all abilities. At Temple Island Meadows, we are lucky enough to host The Henley Classic and The Henley Mile.
THE HENLEY CLASSIC
Sunday 25th June 2017
The Henley Swim is a celebration of mid-summer. It is a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at what we believe is the most beautiful time of the day, dawn.
It is unique in that it is a straight line point to point swim (ie: no turns) and takes advantage of the 2.1km boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta.
Attracting global entries, why not be part of the fun. Registrations are now open for full details and to enter the race please click here.
THE HENLEY MILE
Sunday 9th July 2017
The Henley Mile is a straight line downstream River Thames swimming event, held over the Henley Royal Regatta boomed course. This family event, which is held throughout the day, features a number of distance options for all ages and abilities from age 8+ including mile, half mile and 200m.
As well as races, we offer a non-competitive sporting category which is ideal for anyone looking to complete the course in their own time, without the pressure of being part of a race. All entrants receive a completion time and finisher medal.
Entry to any of the swimming events also includes free entry to the Outdoor Swimmer Show for participants and their family/supporters.
Swimmers can choose to swim the course twice, once in a wet suit and once without, to see what difference a wet suit makes to them.
You can also see Elite swimmers racing for the Henley Mile title and prize money, a rare opportunity to see such fast and skillful swimming at close quarters.
For more information on the event, and to register, click here
Henley Swim are providing camping facilities for the Henley Classic.
Camping is available to swimmers and their families, this can be booked through the Henley Swim website (click here) when bookings open in March 2018.