The swimmers of the Serpentine Swimming Club race every Saturday morning throughout the year, regardless of the weather, unless there is ice present.
The races take place at 8am on Saturdays, and are open to paid-up members.
The Bridge to Bridge race and races that are 1 mile or over start at 7:30am (The Rosie George Cup & the Radford Mile Cup)
Most races are handicapped by the Hon. Handicapper (Dani Lobo) so that every swimmer has an equal chance of winning. The slowest swimmers go off first and the faster ones chase after them at various intervals. Members are only eligible to win prizes after they have participated in enough races for the handicapper to correctly gauge their swimming ability. This is at least 3 races, but does depend on the Hon. Handicapper’s discretion.
If you want to race and be added to the handicap list, please read the following
- Swimmers not on the handicap list to speak to the Handicapper before the race starts at 8am to let the Handicapper know they want to race. This applies to both handicapped and scratch races.
- If it is a handicap race, the Handicapper will note their name down and give them a start time. If it is a scratch race the Handicapper will note their name down.
- To make it into the handicap list, a swimmer must complete 3 consecutive races.
- A swimmer will be removed from the handicap list after missing 12 consecutive races.
There are 5 Championship races per year (55 yards, 110 yards, 220 yards, 440 yards and 880 yards). In these races all swimmers start the race at the same time and accumulate points towards the Club Championship. This is awarded to the swimmer with the most points after the final race of the series. The Championship races are indicated on the race lists by an asterisk.
|40||Nick Adams||19.4 secs||12th January 2002|
|55||Nick Adams||26.8 secs||28th February 2004|
|100||Nick Adams||57 secs||25th December 2002|
|110||Cameron Kelly||1 min 3 secs||15th March 2014|
|110 (Veterans)||Norman Jones||1 min 23 secs||31st May 2002|
|110 (All Clothes)||Mark Fleet||2 mins 11 secs||13th September 2003|
|220||Nick Adams||2 mins 31 secs||24th August 2002|
|220 (Breast Stroke)||Nick Adams||3 mins 23 secs||20th April 2002|
|3 x 110 Medley||Cameron Kelly||4 mins 29 secs||13th August 2011|
|440||Cameron Kelly||5 mins 11 secs||07th May 2011|
|880||Cameron Kelly||11 mins||25th June 2011|
|1,000 Bridge to Bridge||Cameron Kelly||12 mins 26 secs||09th July 2011|
|1,760 (Mile)||Cameron Kelly||22 mins 42 secs||16th July 2011|
|Biathlon (2 mile run, 440 swim)||Andrew Davis (RC)||18 mins 5 secs||18th September 2004|
|Biathlon (2 mile run, 440 swim)||Duff Kelly (SC)||19 mins 22 secs||18th September 2004|