Henley Swim Classic

Henley Swim Classic

Held very early on Sunday morning before the start of the Henley Royal Regatta. It is part of a series of flat-water races including the Henley Classic, the Henley Mile, the Bridge to Bridge and the Queenford Relays between June and September.

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Name of Race

Henley Swim Classic

Event Month

June

Region

Europe

Body of Water

River Thames

Distances Offered

2-3k

Experience

Beginner
Intermediate

Water Type

River

Swim Type

Race
Relay

Description

The Henley Swim Classic, co-founded by Tom Kean and Jeremy Laming under the Henley Swim brand, is a celebration of mid-summer and is one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims. 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 and takes advantage of the 2.1km boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta in the early morning hours. The swim is like no other open water swim and the feeling of having done it before most people have woken up is satisfying. Since the first open water swim in 2004, the event has gone from strength to strength, attracting open-water swimmers from around the globe. A key feature of the event is the fact that you arrive in darkness, and walk half a mile to the start into the sunrise. Once the safety briefing is completed getting into the inky black water at that time is a slightly surreal experience.

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