ABOUT 400 people took part in the fourth Henley Mile swim in the River Thames on Sunday.
They were joined by 10km open water world champion and Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne, who took part in two races on the regatta course and later ran two coaching sessions.
The 26-year-old, from Edinburgh, said: “It was great, it was so fast swimming downstream. I looked up at the beginning and thought ‘that seems quite far away’ and all of a sudden I was at the finish.
“This was really about the beauty of open water swimming. Its popularity in Britain has skyrocketed over the last few years.”
She stressed the importance of clubs where people could swim together, improve their technique and experience safety in numbers while in the water.