Henley Club to Pub 2017

Henley club to pub is the annual swim that takes you upstream from Henley rowing club before turning downstream past Marsh lock back to the Angel on the Bridge pub in Henley. We previously did this event in 2014 but haven't made it back since. In 2017 I returned to the race without Katie but I did... Continue Reading →

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Thames Marathon 2016 – Bridge to Bridge

The Thames Marathon was our favourite swim of 2015 so part of me was really looking forward to the 14km swim from Henley Bridge down to Marlow Bridge. The other part of me was pretty nervous as I probably hadn't done quite enough training. While Coach Manda has been on 'sabbatical' we have not been... Continue Reading →

Henley Mile – Skins vs. suits 2016

The question is age old – how much difference does wearing a wetsuit make?   It is almost impossible to answer that question.  Races, courses, water flow, how you feel on the day are all different.  The closest you are ever going to get to answer the question however is doing the same swim twice... Continue Reading →

Bridge to Bridge 2015

Sunday saw Team Mermaids in attendance at the 11th edition (we think?!) of Henley Swim's Bridge to Bridge. This is a 14km swim in the Thames from Henley Bridge to Marlow Bridge. Brian participated in the event last year (see here). However, this year was going to be different for 2 main reasons. First, the... Continue Reading →

Henley Classic 2015

Last Sunday morning at 2:30am I (Manda) arose to make my way to the annual Henley Classic. The race starts at 4:30am as the sun is rising. This sounds massively anti-social, however, it actually has the opposite impact and somehow results in everyone being really chatty and enthusiastic about the pending sunrise and accompanying swim.... Continue Reading →

Top 10 most memorable swims…so far!

This blog summarises our top 10 most memorable swims. We have excluded the ‘big’ races e.g. New York, Zurich etc. as while very memorable we have already covered these in other entries. We decided on what swims we were going to cover together but we as we often have very different perspectives on the swim... Continue Reading →

Henley Bridge to Bridge 2014

Brian (@Brian_M_Foley) here - guest blogger and honorary merman for the day. On Saturday, 9th August, I swum the Henley Club to Pub with fellow merfolk Amanda, Katie & Kate. The next morning it was time for the Bridge to Bridge swim - 14km downstream from Henley Bridge to Marlow Bridge. This swim almost didn’t happen for... Continue Reading →

Henley double header 2014

Kate, who loves beer as much as she does swimming, found the Henley Club to Pub event and as early as May she was rounding the troops for an evening out in Henley...even though she wasn’t sure she was going to be able to come as it had potential to clash with her channel relay... Continue Reading →

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