20 Feb 2021
12 Feb 2021
06 Feb 2021
Saturday 6 February would have seen the final heats of the Mike Small cup series with prizes presented by Bill Deeley and family. The post-Christmas winter series (optimistically referred-to by some as the Spring series) was introduced into the race calendar in 1968. Prior to then racing finished on Christmas morning and did not recommence until late March/Easter. The cup is swum-for over a series of 40-yard races from the end of December until the beginning of February.
Mike Small is another of the club's great characters from the past. Mike had a horrific motorcycle accident in his youth which left him with one arm, a club foot and in continuous pain. Mike viewed this as a hindrance, not a disability. His wicked sense of humour never left him and is reflected in the shape of the Mike Small cup adapted to his specifications by club silversmith Bill Phipps: half an arm and a wonky base.
05 Jan 2021