Wednesday, 19 December 2018

300 swimmers brave Thames in Club to Pub Swim

MORE than 300 people have signed up for the second annual Henley Club to Pub Swim

MORE than 300 people have signed up for the second annual Henley Club to Pub Swim tomorrow (Saturday).

The 1.5km swim sees competitors head upstream from Henley Rowing Club to Marsh Lock and then down to the Angel on the Bridge.

They start on the 7pm chime of the bells at St Mary’s Church with the aim of finishing it before the bells ring for 8pm.

The event, which is part of the Henley Swim series, was first held last year when more than 170 people took part.

Brakspear will again be providing all swimmers with a bottle of commemorative Two Bells beer and putting on a barbecue and party at the Angel on the Bridge for all who finish the course and their supporters. Finishers also receive a medal which doubles as a bottle opener.

Henley Swim founder Jeremy Laming said: “This is the second year and we have already doubled the numbers from last time.

“This year we are swimming right into the pub and the mayor will be shaking hands with everyone when they come out of the water. There will also be a party afterwards with a DJ until about midnight.

“Hobbs of Henley will be running a taxi service from the Angel on the Bridge to Henley Rowing Club to shower and change and then back to the pub for the party.”

On Monday, volunteers spent the morning at the Brakspear brewery in Bell Street bottling the beer ahead of the swim. Under the supervision of Brakspear head brewer Malcolm Mayo, they filled and sealed 450 of the 500ml bottles before sticking on labels.

Henley residents are being offered a 10 per cent on the day discount for the swim.

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