Northamptonshire swimmer to tackle Thames event

Justine Flower
Justine Flower

A woman from Naseby has won a place in a swimming event that takes place in the River Thames.

Justine Flower, 44, will be taking part in The Henley Mile, an open swimming event held in the River Thames near Henley-on-Thames after taking part in a national competition.

The event’s organisers wanted to encourage more women to get involved in outdoor swimming so ran a competition in association with This Girl Can for free places in the event.

Justine, along with seven other women from across the country, was successful and will now spend the next three months training for the event on Sunday, July 12.

In addition to her training she will be blogging about her experience,describing in detail her journey over the next few months, both positive and negative.

Justine said: “I love wild swimming and have always been attracted to water. It reminds me of my childhood and it still makes me feel free.

“I have three children and an amazing husband all of whom love water, but not when it is cold.

“I live just about as far from the sea as you can get in Britain, and chlorine irritates my skin so I will be looking for rivers that I can train in.​”

You can follow the blog of Justine and the other seven competition winners at