The Henley Swim has announced that for the fourth consecutive year, it will be running a competition, in conjunction with Sport England’s This Girl Can initiative, to give away free places in the Henley Mile, which takes place on 15 July 2018.
Henley Swim is looking for five women, aged 16 or above, who have never swum in an open water swimming event before, but would like to put themselves out of their comfort zone and try something completely new.
The five winners will have three and a half months to train to swim a mile in the Thames. During this time they will also be blogging about their experiences; talking about their training; their lives; their mindset; the elements of the swim they are concerned about; and the areas that don’t worry them at all. Although likely to be geographically widespread, the This Girl Can swimmers will get to know one another through a private Facebook group, where they can chat in confidence with the group, along with mentors from Henley Swim.
Henley Swim’s co-founder Jeremy Laming said, “The This Girl Can swimmers have now become a firmly establish group at the Henley Mile. The Henley Swim community eagerly awaits their blogs, and the support for the swimmers on the day of the event is huge. We have been lucky enough to get to know some amazing women through this campaign, and we are certain that 2018 will bring us another group of women who are ready to challenge themselves and show that This Girl Can.”
The selected swimmers will also have the platform to complete a regular blog. The blogs of previous This Girl Can Henley Mile swimmers can be read online. Those interested in being considered for one of the free places can apply online. The closing date for entries is Sunday 25 March 2018.
The Henley Swim organising team put on a number of open water swim events, including:
- Henley Classic – 1 July 2018
- Henley Mile – 15 July 2018
- Club to Pub – 21 July 2018
- Thames Marathon – 5 August 2018