05 Jan 2021
25 Dec 2020
The Serpentine Swimming Club's Christmas morning handicap is swum over a 100 yard course for the Peter Pan Cup. The club's Christmas Day race has been held every year since 1864. In the early years it was customary for the winner to be presented with a medal. Author J M Barrie became associated with the Christmas Day race in 1903 when he first donated a Peter Pan Cup. This coincided with the play Peter Pan's debut on the London stage. Barrie continued to present a cup for the winner each year up to 1932. The honour then fell to Albert Greenbury, a dedicated member since 1911 who served as club president from 1935 to 1955. To this day the Greenbury family continue the tradition. Albert's granddaughter, Lucy Harris, is a current member and races all through the year.
19 Dec 2020
Saturday 19 December would have seen the final races of the Winter Series for the Fettes cup with prizes presented by the Kelly family. The cup has been presented at the end of the Winter series since 1958, in memory of Bernard Fettes. The Winter series span many generations and harks back to the early years of the club in the 19th centurary. Since the mid-1970s the series has been sponsored by the Kelly family. American artist Francis Bob Kelly was club President 1983 to 1986.
15 Nov 2020
In 1963 South London Swimming Club contacted all the open water swimming clubs in London to ask if they would like to take part in a gala. Only the Serpentine Swimming Club responded and a tradition was born. For many years now the middle Sunday of November has seen members of the two clubs meet at the SLSC's spiritual home, Tooting Bec Lido, to compete for the Doug Smith cup. Doug was a popular member of both clubs. Doug was very much involved in charity work, not just within swimming but also with youth clubs in south London. Aside from the cup for the SLSC v SSC gala, both clubs have a Doug Smith race in his memory on their fixture cards. The Serpentine's race is sponsored by Eric Carter over 440 yards in the spring.
November would also normally see the commencement of the Winter Series for the Fettes cup. Heats are held every Saturday up to Christmas