Serpentine Swimming Club

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  • 11 Mar 2023

    Saturday's race was over 100m (110 yards) for the Bill and Ron Maggs memorial cup, with prizes by Jon Benton.  Butler Bill Maggs is recorded as a starter in the Christmas Day race of 1910.  He won the Peter Pan cup in 1920 and again in 1954, aged 71.  Bill continued to race with the club up to the mid-1960s.  Bill's son Ron did not compete in our races but always supported the club and the Maggs Memorial fixture.

    Heather Miller won her first club race in very nippy conditions....  water 5c, air 2c (41f/32.2f).

  • 04 Mar 2023

    Alan pipped younger brother Will for the Luckhurst bragging rights

  • 25 Feb 2023

    A rather bitterly cold morning with the water 7.1c, but the air 3c (44.8f and 37.4) and the wind in the north saw Dave McGregor perform best against his handicap (there were two races) to be crowned 2023's Wendy by the club's poet laurate Mary Gilbert.

    Laure Latham stood in for Rob Ouldcott to become the first lady to deliver the traditional post race speech.  Hoorahs all round.

  • 18 Feb 2023

    In 2022 Storm Eunice closed Hyde Park and consequently stopped us racing.  Nothing could stop Squirrel storming home in 2023.

    The magnificent pewter trophy was presented to then club captain Harry Coulter in 1868. In our foundation year, 1864, Harry became our first club captain and also won the inaugral Christmas Day race.

    In addition to Harry Coulter, the 1868 Captains' cup race allows us to celebrate the ever popular, and sadly missed, Gordon Brodie, captain 2003 to 2019, and Deirdre Ward, our current club captain and Irish marathon swimming legend.

    The fixture is also the first of four handicapped races through the season over varying distances that count towards the Emmi Hunte cup series -  February 55 yards (50m), March 110 yards (100m), August 880 yards (800m), and October 100 yards (91m).