Challenge Henley & Henley Half Iron
Home to the Olympic Rowing team, these two races take place in an area of outstanding natural beauty and athletes will take race over the Chiltern Hills, Henley Town as well as by the side of the River Thames on completely closed roads on a course only 40 minutes away from London.
Both courses start in the stretch of the River Thames best known for its yearly royal regatta and athletes will be set off in waves to avoid congestion and to give more space to those who need it. Swimmers head towards the town of Henley and will pass the focal point of Temple Island before turning back just past Fawley Court to race back towards T1 at Henley Business School. Henley Half athletes will swim 1.9km, with the turn point just past Temple Island
The bike course stretches into the idillic surroundings of the Chiltern Hills, the sight of which may balance the pain of 1800m of ascent over three loops. This scenic course consists of completely closed roads so there is no danger of being run off your bike as you speed over those hills. Henley half cyclists will complete one and a half loops of the same course before dismounting at T2 in Phyllis Court for the start of the run.
After T2 athletes will run four loops of Henley, totalling 42.2km on private footpaths, roads and the Thames path. Half athletes will run two loops of the same course before finishing back at Phyllis Court. The cutoff time for the full event is 16 hours.
Check out this spectator video of the finish last year for a sense of the electric atmosphere:
The RankMyTri team were supporting athletes at Henley in 2011 and saw first hand just how well organised the races were. The scenic location and close proximity to London makes this a great spectator race as well as a great race to enter and hopefully we will be there again this year to cheer you on!