Over 1,000 swimmers take to the River Thames to escape the heat.

Over 1,000 swimmers took to the River Thames on Sunday for the annual Hampton Court to Kingston Bridge swim as temperatures remained close to 30◦C.

The event is part of the Open Water Swim Series by Human Race, the UK’s largest and most diverse mass participation events company and attracted swimmers from all over London and surrounding counties to take part in the amazing challenge of swimming in the River Thames.

The route, which covers 2.25miles, was lined by hundreds of spectators along the Thames Path on another stunning summer’s morning. Swimmers passed Hampton Court Palace, the iconic royal palace which was built in 1514 and hosted the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last week, before continuing downstream to the finish at the ancient market town of Kingston upon Thames.

Human Race CEO, Nick Rusling, said he hoped many more people would take part in open water swimming in the future, “Our events offer swimmers of all abilities a safe and enjoyable environment to swim in some special locations. How great an achievement would it be to be able to say you’ve swum in the River Thames? If you’ve never swum in open water before sign up to one of our seminars and set yourself a challenge. Particularly if the weather is as good as it has been – you won’t regret it.”

To register for a Human Race Open Water Swim Series event visit www.humanrace.co.uk. For updates on the Open Water Swim Series and other Human Race events follow @HumanRaceEvents and www.facebook.com/humanraceevents.

Human Race Open Water Swim Series

Marlow Swim – 25th August 2013

Poole Swim – 28th September 2013

Open Water Swim Seminar – 17th May 2014

Eton Swim – Date TBC in 2014

Windsor Swim – Date TBC in 2014

WomenOnly Swim – Date TBC in 2014

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