Henley Classic Open water swimming in Henley

Henley Classic
Sunday 28th June 2015

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Henley Mile Open water swimming in Henley

Henley Mile
Sunday 12th July 2015

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Open water swimming in Henley

Club to Pub
Saturday 25th July 2015

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Open water swimming in Henley

Bridge to Bridge
Sunday 9th August 2015

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Henley Classic history

First swum back in 2004, when two of the organisers, Tom Kean and Jeremy Laming, decided their backs had finally had enough of rowing and that it might be nice to swim the Henley Regatta course. To do this without disrupting the rowing community, dawn was decided as the best time of day to do it, and that Jeremy’s rowing club (Upper Thames) was the best place to meet.

Henley Swim

Henley Swim Events is passionate about creating unique open water swimming events. Having first run the Henley Classic in 2004, there are now 4 events. The Bridge to Bridge, the Henley Mile and the Club to Pub.

“Cutting through the early morning mist along the most famous rowing regatta course in the world ranks as one of my most memorable sporting experiences ever. The Henley Classic s a must for all aquatic enthusiasts from the professional to the recreational.” – Greg Whyte – OBE

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2014 Henley Classic swim 29th June 04:30am – one of the worlds top swims, featuring some of the worlds top swimmers. This year Oxford and Cambridge will do battle over the Classic course in the first open water varsity match
Swimming the Henley Course.
“There is always a sense of foreboding before any mass participation sporting challenge, but with the Henley Classic those negative feelings are blown away by the mystical nature of the event. The torch-light walk to the start, the mist swirling above the river, the moon full and radiant, the sun just threatening to burst from behind the hill, gives the whole event the feeling of a pagan festival rather than a seriously tough physical test” – Graham Bell – Olympic skier
The Henley Swim Awards, 2011. (Photo ©Lee Irvine www.slikimages.com)
The Inman and Ovey cups – were donated to the Henley Classic swim by the River Rowing museum. They were awarded for open water swimming races on the Henley reach dating back to the 1890’s, making them amongst the most historic and prestigious prizes in British open water swimming.
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“I don’t have enough superlatives to describe the Bridge to Bridge swim. It was 14km of heaven! To be able to complete the challenge of swimming from Henley to Marlow, along some of the most beautiful, untouched stretched of the Thames was such a unique, special and incredibly uplifting experience.” – Chrissie Wellington – 4x Ironman World Champion
Swimmers Take Part In The Black Sheep Henley Swim
The annual sporting calendar contains some truly iconic sporting events, many of which are inaccessible to most. The Henley Classic s without doubt amongst the most iconic challenges and, in contrast to other events, is open to all comers.
This was my first open water swim and I absolutely loved it. When it was over I felt a sense of accomplishment. The location and weather were idyllic. Water temperature of 20.7 C made for a very pleasant swim, even with a wetsuit. Overall, very well done to all who contributed to this event.

The Henley Mile was our family’s first experience of open water we all loved it, including our son. Next year we’ll be back and bringing his younger sister. A great combo of events and innovation