Friday, 12 August 2022

Children get their chance to join Henley Swim

CHILDREN?S races have been added to this year?s Henley Swim.

CHILDREN?S races have been added to this year?s Henley Swim.

The Henley Half Mile, more than 800m, is for more experienced juniors, aged 10 to 14.

This will be followed by the Henley Splash, more than 200m, for junior swimmers aged eight to 13.

Both races will take place on the Henley Royal Regatta course and will be timed. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the different age groups. All competitors will receive a certificate with their finishing time.

Race spokeswoman Georgina Tomkins said: ?This is a great opportunity for young swimmers to get a taste of swimming in the open water, whether they want to be seriously competitive or just have a go.

?Torpedo wetsuits will be available to hire on the day, so that parents need not be concerned about the temperature of the water, which is likely to be somewhat cooler than the local swimming pool. These races are already proving to be popular among junior swimmers, particularly those connected with swimming clubs, who in some instances will be coming from quite a distance to take part in this unique event.

?They will have the opportunity to swim one of the most beautiful and famous stretches of open water in the world.?

The traditional mile race, which is for experienced and non-experienced swimmers from age 14 upwards, is the main event.

The Henley Swim started in 2004 when former rowers Tom Kean and Jeremy Laming decided to swim the course that they had rowed hundreds of times.

This year?s swim takes place on Sunday, July 14 at 9.30am.

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