Swimmers in and around Henley are being urged to sign up for the Henley Club to Pub Swim, as registrations for the event, on Saturday 25 July, pass 230. Henley brewer and pub operator Brakspear, who are supporting the event again this year, are giving a bottle of their commemorative Two Bells beer to anyone who completes the course.
So far, more than 230 people have registered for the event – a big leap on last year, when 169 people completed the inaugural swim from the Henley Rowing Club to the Angel on the Bridge pub, via Marsh Lock.
All swimmers who complete the 1.5km course within one hour will be rewarded with a bottle of Two Bells, the beer brewed by Brakspear at its Bell Street Brewery to mark the event – so named because the swim is timed by the chime of bells at St. Mary the Virgin church. Swimmers are also invited, with friends and family, to join a barbecue and party at the Angel on the Bridge.
Brakspear marketing manager Emma Sweet said, “It’s good to see that word of the Club to Pub Swim is spreading, with more people signed up already this year than last time. A swim along a picturesque part of the Thames, followed by a party at a riverside pub, with a bottle of refreshing locally-brewed beer, must be the perfect way to spend a summer evening in Henley.
“It would be great to hit the 250 mark in our second year, so if there are any swimmers who haven’t yet signed up, there are still plenty of spaces available. As well as plenty of bottles of Two Bells beer!”
To enter the swim, visit www.brakspear.co.uk/swim
Caption to above image: Henley Club to Pub Swim 2014 completers (l-r) Joel Morgan, Paul Allen and Nikkie Allen, with a bottle of Brakspear’s Two Bells