Monday, 21 May 2018

Stream doesn't defeat determined swimmers

ABOUT 800 people took part in the Henley Classic swim along the Henley Royal Regatta course in the early hours on Sunday

ABOUT 800 people took part in the Henley Classic swim along the Henley Royal Regatta course in the early hours on Sunday.

They swam 2.1km upstream in challenging conditions at 4.30am as a celebration of middle of the British summer.


Click here to see more photographs of the event and the winners.

Organiser Jeremy Laming said he had considered reverse the route due to the strong current.

He said: “The conditions were tough but we made the decision to run the course as normal rather then in reverse. We feel we made the right decision and the swimmers accepted that.”


The men’s elite race was won by Andrew Horsfall-Turner, who finished in 30 minutes and 31 seconds, with Sam Crabtree finishing second, 12 seconds behind. Rohan Vazirani came third in 32 minutes and 52 seconds.

Amy Vaal won the elite women’s race.

Mr Laming thanked the volunteers who helped to the run the event.

He added: “It all ran excellently and the team worked really together."

Henley Deputy Mayor Will Hamilton presented medals to all finishers.

The Henley Classic, which began in 2014, is the first of four events run as part of the Henley Swim series. The next event is the Henley Mile on July 10 when participants will race downstream along the regatta course.




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