Inspired by This Girl Can, a national campaign designed to get more women and girls active, we are once again giving away places in The Henley Mile on Sunday 15th July 2018.
Every year since 2015, we have been lucky enough to meet and get to know amazing women who have overcome their fears and taken part in the Henley Mile. You can see their stories here.
For 2018 we would again like to give some places away to women aged 16+ who have never swum in an open water event before. We will help the women every step of the way, with advice about their training and their equipment and how best to transition from the pool to open water.
As well as help from Henley Swim, the support that the women give one another is paramount. Although they start out as a group of strangers, the team soon get to know each other in the build up to the event, through a secret Facebook group and where possible a meet up in Henley.
All we ask is that the winners keep a blog of their experience. We want to hear about everything. From the moment they commit to the event, to the second they cross the finish line. We want to hear about the days they didn’t want to get out of bed and the days they thought they could swim forever. We want to understand their feelings the first time they swim in open water, and most importantly the sense of pride when they achieve their goal.
And we hope that this small group of women will inspire others to get out and get active, either from witnessing our participants enthusiasm first-hand or through their blog, and to perhaps try something that they didn’t even know they would enjoy doing.
So if you are tempted, would like a chance to win one of our free places, and are willing to share your experiences with the world, please fill the application here There are a few questions about you, then you will be asked to write a couple of paragraphs describing why you want to participate, what is driving you to enter and how you feel you might inspire others.
Closing date for the competition will be Sunday 25th March 2018