On Saturday 23rd June The Henley Classic was regrettably postponed until the 8th July. The action was taken on the advice of the Environment Agency and the swim safety team.
Event spokesperson Jeremy Laming stated “I took a call from the Environment Agency duty officer at 4pm informing me that an unexpected volume of water triggered Amber boards on the Henley reach, meaning that the Environment Agency advice was that no unpowered craft should take to the water. This meant that our safety Kayakers could not take to the water, thereby making it impossible to hold the swim. As a world class open water swimming event we work with the highest level of safety teams and take the safety of our swimmers extremely seriously. On this basis we were faced with no option but to postpone the event. ”
The Henley Classic will now be held on Sunday 8th July, before another scheduled event, The Henley Mile. The details have yet to be finalised, however, we can confirm that the Classic will take place at 0430, and will consist of the same waves as originally planned. This will include the Elite Race, which has attracted some high quality entries from across the country.