Distances in this event
- Swim 1mi
- Swim 0.5mi
- Swim 0.2km
- Swim 2mi
- Swim 4mi
Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival routes
The Henley Mile is a straight line downstream River Thames swimming event, held over the Henley Royal Regatta boomed course.
The distance options are:
200m (age 8-12)
Zoggs Half-mile (age 9+)
Mile (age 14+)
You can swim the mile twice – once in a wetsuit and once without – in Suits vs Skins (any two non-consecutive waves).
You can swim the mile four times throughout the day (waves 1,3,4 & 6) in the 4 Mile Challenge.
All courses are downstream and finish at the event area.
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NEED TO WALK TO THE START OF EACH EVENT (1 MILE, ½ MILE, 200M)
SUITS vs SKINS CHALLENGE
In a bid to once and for all determine the performance boost given by wetsuits, competitors will have the opportunity to take part in the “Suits v Skins Challenge“.
Anyone who wants to take part in this challenge will need to swim the Mile twice: once with a wetsuit and once without.
The winner will be the person with the fastest cumulative time for the two miles – but everyone taking part will see what difference swimming in a wetsuit really makes.
The remaining wave combinations are as follows:
10:15am & 13:45pm Women Only
10:15am & 14:30pm Women Only
As wave 2 (10:15am) is a women only wave, there is now no availability for men to swim suits vs skins
The water temperature at the Henley Swim Festival will depend upon both the outside temperature and the quantity of rainfall in the days and weeks running up to the event. It is therefore very difficult to predict.
Based on previous years, in mid-July, expect the water to be between 17 and 20 degrees centigrade.
- Finisher’s medal
- 700 participants
From the organizer
The Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival takes place at the stunning location of Temple Island Meadows just outside Henley-on-Thames.
The event includes multiple-distances, free taster sessions, and the chance to swim with elite level competitors. Whether you are coming for a serious timed swim, or simply want to dip your toes in with a supervised session, there is nothing quite as exhilarating as swimming in open water, a sport that continues to grow around the world and which offers both physical and mental benefits.
This family friendly event has options for everyone aged from 8 years old and above whether new to open water swimming or an experienced swimmer seeking a personal best. All events are downstream.
This family event, which is held throughout the day, features a number of distance options for all ages and abilities including mile, half mile and 200m.
Frequently Asked Questions
Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival weather forecast
Drizzle throughout the day.
Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival reviews
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