Henley Mile

THE HENLEY MILE is a 1 mile downstream River Thames swim, held over the Henley Royal Regatta course.

 

THE HENLEY HALF MILE is a half mile downstream River Thames swim,
held over the Henley Royal Regatta course.

Junior Races

The HENLEY HALF over 800m
The HENLEY QUARTER over 400m
The HENLEY SPLASH over 200m

Entries for this event are currently open

Download the Henley Mile Information Pack for full event details.


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Henley Mile

Event Details

The Henley Mile is a straight line downstream River Thames swimming event, held
over the Temple Island SprintsHenley Royal Regatta boomed course. This family event, which is held throughout the day, features two distance options for adult swimmers, which make it perfect for experienced open water swimmers who are looking for their next open water challenge.
Our non-competitive Sporting category is ideal for swimming enthusiasts who are looking to take part in their first open water swim, as they will be able to swim the course in their own time, without the pressure of being part of a race.

As a new initiative, parents and children who would like to swim together, can enter the Sporting category. They will be able to swim together in the Sporting wave.

Henley Mile JuniorsThis event also features three distances for junior swimmers; The Henley Half Mile, The Henley Quarter & The Henley Splash (200m) for 8 to 14 year olds, so bring along your family and friends, do your swim, enjoy the stunning race surroundings and have a great day out.

In addition to taking part in an open water swim, entrants will be able to choose from a number of additional challenges, including the H2Open Suits v Skins Challenge, the Charity Challenge, Corporate Cup team challenge, the Henley Classic Mile Challenge and the Temple Island Sprints

Henley Mile Entry Categories & Wave Details


Open
– Men & Women
Traditional
– Men & Women (Speedos or swimsuits only)
Masters 45-54 –
Men & Women (on the day of the race)
Masters 55 and above –
Men & Women (on the day of the race)
Junior – Men & Women aged 12 to 18 (on the day of the race)
Sporting category
– A single (non-competitive) category for both Men and Women. This category is also open to Parent & Child entrants, who would like to swim in the same wave.
Teams – see separate heading below

Excluding the Sporting category, all other categories are split into Men and Women.

Please Note: All competitive entry category entrants will be required to provide an average 1500m swim time.

The Sporting Category is a non-competitive category, however, you will still wear a numbered swimming cap with timing chip in order to give you a finishing time and you will still need to adhere to all the other rules of the race, but other than that, you are free to go off at your own pace. Having said that, as with the race, you need to look at the conditions of entry and you still need to be a strong swimmer.

All swimmers should be confident of being able to swim at least 2.5kms non stop to take part in this event, (the equivalent of 100 lengths in a 25m pool).


Waves will go off at 20 to 30 minute intervals throughout the morning, and will be split by entry category and time criteria, as defined below:-

  • Suits & Charity Challenge (swim 1)
  • Performance
  • Men – Open, Masters, Traditional, & Junior (up to three waves depending on numbers – these will be split by 1500m swim time)
  • Teams & Charity Challenge (swim 2)
  • Women – Open, Masters, Traditional & Junior (up to three waves depending on numbers – these will be split by 1500m swim time)
  • Sporting & Parent & Child (Men & Women)
  • Skins & Charity Challenge (swim 3)
  • Charity Challenge (swim 4) mid afternoon (tbc)

 

Event Challenges


This popular challenge is back for a second year! 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 H2OpenSuits 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 first swim will be in the 9.00am wave and the second swim will be held later in the morning; no earlier than 11.30am (tbc).

The winner will be the person with the fastest total time for the two miles – but everyone taking part will see what difference swimming in a wetsuit really makes.

The entry fee for this Challenge is £7.

How to Enter
To enter, simply select this challenge on the Additional Activities section of the online entry form.

This particular challenge is open to anyone who takes part in both the Henley Classic and the Henley Mile. The winner will be the person who completes both races in the quickest time.

How to Enter
Simply select the Henley Classic Mile Challenge box on the Additional Activities page when you enter the Henley Mile. Please note that your entry into this challenge will not be valid unless you also have an entry in the Henley Classic.

The winner of this challenge will be announced after the Henley Mile and their name will be engraved on the Classic Mile Challenge Trophy.


This challenge is for entrants who would like to support our 2014 official charities. The challenge entails entrants swimming the Mile a total of 4 times throughout the day, with a minimum of 1 and a half hours between swims. The minimum fundraising target is £1,000.

Entrants will be required to select their normal entry category, with your first swim counting towards your category finishing position. You will be able to track your total combined times throughout the day, with your overall total determining your finishing position with the Charity Challenge competition.

How to Enter

You will be required to select this challenge on the Additional Activities section when you make your online entry. You will also need to select your chosen charity when you enter.


It is also possible to enter as a team for this event, in either of the following team categories:-

Open Men’s Team (consisting of Traditional, Open or Masters)
Open Women’s Team (consisting of Traditional, Open or Masters)
Mixed Open Team (2 men & 2 women)
Junior Men’s Team
Junior Women’s Team

Team prizes will be awarded for each category, based on the cumulative total time recorded for each member of the team. Please note that all Teams will compete in one wave, so you’ll be able to keep track of your team’s progress throughout the race.

How to Enter a Team
When you make your Henley Mile entry, simply select this option on the Additional Activities page and confirm your Team Name. All four team members will be required to complete this information.

Please note that all team members must already be entered in the Henley Mile or your team will be void.

Teams of four will compete individually over the Henley Mile course, with all team members representing their company team. Please note that all Teams will compete in one wave, so you’ll be able to keep track of your team’s progress throughout the race.

The combined total of the swimmers’ times will determine the winning team, with the following team options available:-

Men’s Team
Women’s Team
Mixed Team (2 men & 2 women)

How to Enter a Team
When you make your Henley Mile entry, simply select this option on the Additional Activities page and confirm your Company’s Team Name. All four team members will be required to complete this information.

Please note that all team members must already be entered in the Henley Mile or your team will be void.


Temple Island Sprints

This competition, which will be split into Men & Women, will feature a series of heats, semi-finals & finals over a 100m upstream course, set against the backdrop of the iconic Temple Island. Opposite the main event area, this setting will provide the perfect venue for friends and supporters to view and cheer on the competitors in some past paced action.

The winner of each heat will go through to the next round, until there are four finalists, who will then go head to head in the final. Initial heat numbers will be confirmed on the day of the event, however, there will be a maximum of 4 rounds, including the final.

The first heats will be based on the entrant’s Henley Mile finishing time, with the slowest time heats taking place first, finishing with the final heat, with the fastest Mile finishing times.

How to Enter
This competition is only open to Henley Mile entrants. If you would like to enter this competition, select the option on the Activities Section of your registration form.

Entry Fees
The Henley Mile entry fee is £37
The Henley Half Mile entry fee is £32

Mementos
Medals are presented to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd for each category, men & women.
Every participant will receive a branded swimming cap.

Entry Process
The entry process for this event will be via online entry.
The closing date for entries to this event is midnight on Sunday 6th July 2014, unless the entry limit is reached before this date.

On the day entry may be available – check here for information on this nearer the event.

The Henley Half Mile

This new distance is primarily aimed at swimmers who are taking part in their first open water swim. As with the Henley Mile, this is a downstream swim over the Henley Regatta boomed course. This race will take place after the last Henley Mile wave. Times will be confirmed nearer the event, however, it is not likely to start till after 11.00am.


Open – Men & Women
Traditional – Men & Women (Speedos or swimsuits only)
Masters 45-54 –
Men & Women (on the day of the race)
Masters 55 and above –
Men & Women (on the day of the race)
Junior – Men & Women aged 12 to 18 (on the day of the race)
Sporting category
– A single (non-competitive) category for both Men and Women. This category is also open to Parent & Child entrants (minimum age 10 when swimming in this wave), who would like to swim in the same wave.
Teams – see separate heading below

Excluding the Sporting category, all other categories are split into Men and Women.

Please Note: All competitive entry category entrants will be required to provide an average 1500m swim time.

The Sporting Category is a non-competitive category, however, you will still wear a numbered swimming cap with timing chip in order to give you a finishing time and you will still need to adhere to all the other rules of the race, but other than that, you are free to go off at your own pace. Having said that, as with the race, you need to look at the conditions of entry and you still need to be a strong swimmer.

All swimmers should be confident of being able to swim at least 1km swim in the pool (the equivalent of 40 lengths in a 25m pool). Please familiarise yourself with the notes on safety on our Event Information page.


The number of waves will be confirmed nearer the event. They will be split by the following criteria, as listed below:-

  • Men – Open, Masters, Traditional, & Junior
  • Women – Open, Masters, Traditional & Junior
  • Sporting & Parent & Child (Men & Women)

 

Junior Races

Henley Half Mile junior raceIn addition to the main open water swim event – the Henley Mile – we will be hosting 3 races specifically for junior swimmers, from ages 8 to 14. These races will take place after the Henley Mile and Half Mile races; from 12 noon onwards (time to be confirmed).

These races include:-

  • THE HENLEY HALF – over 800m (9 to 14 years)
    Split into 9 to 11 & 12 to 14 age groups, with separate races for boys & girls.
  • THE HENLEY QUARTER – over 400m (8 to 13 years)
    Split into 8 to 10 & 11 to 13 age groups, with separate races for boys & girls.
  • THE HENLEY SPLASH – over 200m (8 to 12 years)
    Split into under 8 to 10 & 11 to 12 age groups, with separate races for boys & girls.

These races will take place after the Henley Mile, so that any parents who’ve already done their swim will be able to follow their children’s progress.


Whilst Henley Swim will take all reasonable safety measures it can, it is still clearly the responsibility of parents and guardians to make sure their young charges are capable of completing these swims, and must accompany them at all times. Below is a guide to the experience that is required to take part in either of these races:-

The Henley Half is for junior swimmers who swim regularly, either with a club or at school. Swimmers competing in this event should be able to comfortably complete 1km swim in the pool (the equivalent of 40 lengths in a 25m pool)

The Henley Quarter is for junior swimmers who swim regularly, either with a club or at school. Swimmers competing in this event should be able to comfortably complete 75m swim in the pool (the equivalent of 30 lengths in a 25m pool)

The Henley Splash is for less experienced swimmers. However, anyone entering this event should have completed basic swimming lessons and be comfortable treading water in the deep end of a swimming pool. Ideally they should be able to swim 20 lengths without stopping.

Entry fees for these races are as follows:-

  • The Henley Half Mile £20
  • The Henley Quarter £18
  • The Henley Splash £16

Entries for this event are via online entry, using the link at the top of this page.

Prizes
There will be mementos for the winner in each age group – further details to be confirmed in due course. All competitors will be awarded a Certificate with their name, time and finishing position.

Event Location & Course Details

Location
The Henley Mile is hosted at the Temple Island Meadows, RG9 3DB which is just ¾ mile from Henley town centre.

Click here for Temple Island Meadows location details


Henley Mile 2014 course mapThe course is unique in that it is a straight line point to point swim (ie: no turns) and takes advantage of the boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta. The course runs downstream from Upper Thames Rowing Club and finishes alongside Temple Island Meadows. Mile competitors will be required to walk from the main event area to the start at UTRC. Half Mile and Junior Race entrants will be required to walk to the relevant start line.

Click on the course map to enlarge

Venue Facilities

Parking is available at the venue.
The cost is £2 per car.
Toilets, changing facilities and showers will be provided
Hot & cold drinks & snacks will be available at the main event area.

Camping is available in Glebe campsite, with on-site facilities including toilets and showers. This is just a short walk to the main event area and is ¾ mile from Henley town centre.

Advance Booking Prices
Camping spaces are £11 per person per night.
Under 12s camp for FREE
Campervans are £16 per night.
These can be booked online when you make your race entry. Email confirmation is sent out in advance and this needs to be presented when booking in on site.

Camping Booking Terms
Camping bookings are non refundable. Please read the Camping Terms & Conditions of booking for full details. No dogs are allowed at the campsite.
Please see the venue terms & conditions before making your booking:-
http://www.henleyregatta.com/terms-camping.asp

On the day Prices
Camping is £15 per person per night.
Campervans are £20 per night.

Payment is taken on entry.

Bouncy castle

Face painting

Event Facilities

Children’s Entertainment

As part of the family day theme, children’s entertainment will include a bouncy castle and face painting.

 

Torpedo wetsuitOur event partner

blueseventy will be providing wetsuit hire for this event.

Blueseventy wetsuit hireFor full details of the Sprint wetsuit see our wetsuit hire page. Junior Torpedo wetsuits will also be available for junior race entrants. These will need to be booked in advance of the event.

blueseventy will also have a selection of swimwear, goggles and accessories to cater for any needs you may have on the day.

Sports Massage
Therapy4Fitness logoPost race massages will be provided by our Sports Massage partner, Therapy4Fitness.
Sessions are £12 for 15 minutes or £22 for 30 minutes. If you would prefer to save waiting and book in advance, this can be done when entering online.


Henley Swim hoodies, t-shirts, Robie Robes and other event memorabilia will be available to purchase on the day.