Distances in this event
- Swim 2.1km
Selkie Henley Classic route
The course is a unique, straight line, point-to point-swim (ie no turns) and takes advantage of the boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta. The swim is upstream, the strength of the stream varies from year-to-year, ensuring that no two events are the same.
The water temperature at the Classic depends 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, at the end of June, we would expect the water to be between 17 and 19 degrees centigrade.
Wave 1 (Juniors & Sporting)
Select this wave if you are either a junior (14-17 on 28th June) or if you wish to swim at leisure or alongside friends.
Please note Junior swimmers will be set off slightly in advance of the sporting wave.
Select this wave if you comfortably average between 2 mins 15 secs and 2 mins 30 secs per 100m during a distance swim.
Select this wave if you comfortably average between 2 mins and 2 mins 15 secs per 100m during a distance swim.
Select this wave if you comfortably average between 1 min 45 secs and 2 mins per 100m during a distance swim.
Wave 5 (Performance)
Select this wave if you wish to race hard (likely to be in the top 100 swimmers) and average below 1min 45 secs per 100m during a distance swim.
SELKIE HENLEY CLASSIC 12 WEEK TRAINING PROGRAM
Month 1 - https://henleyswim.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/HENLEY-Classic-Swim-Plan-Month-1-South-West-Swim.pdf
Month 2 - https://henleyswim.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/HENLEY-Classic-Swim-Plan-Month-2-South-West-Swim-2.pdf
Month 3 - https://henleyswim.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/HENLEY-Classic-Swim-Plan-Month-3-South-West-Swim.pdf
From the organizer
The Henley Classic is a 2.1 km endurance upstream River Thames swimming event, held over the Henley Royal Regatta course, very early on the Sunday morning before the Wednesday start of Henley Royal Regatta.
This event is a celebration of mid-summer. It provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at dawn. You arrive at the event in darkness and walk the 1/4 of a mile to the start into the sunrise, the first wave led by the torch carrier.
Frequently Asked Questions
Selkie Henley Classic weather forecast
Drizzle throughout the day.
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