Volker Koch 2016 Christmas Day Handicap for the Peter Pan trophy winner

Volker Koch 2016 Christmas Day Handicap for the Peter Pan trophy winner

Volker victorious happy and glorious
Sun, 25 Dec 2016, Serpentine Swimming Club

Volker Koch wins the annual Christmas Day handicap race for the Peter Pan trophy

The engagingly popular and well liked Volker Koch received the best Christmas present in a long time, when he won the coveted Serpentine Swimming Club Annual Handicap race for the Peter Pan Trophy.

Volker, the Londoner now, and also an English Channel solo swimmer, was thrilled, if initially disbelieving, that he had finished ahead of 63 other swimmers in 4 Celsius waters.

As well as with us swimmers at Serps, and the global yet naturally enormous Serpentine fan club, Volker can share the victory celebrations with his brother Andreas and his Mum in Germany.

The race started at 09:00 sharp. 63 swimmers had a chance thanks to the inscrutably fair handicapping system marshalled by the honest and modest Dani Lobo, the club handicapper.

The club's Christmas Day race over 110 yards, has been held every year since 1864.  'Peter Pan' author, J M Barrie, became associated with the Christmas Day race in 1903. That race was won by R.J. Lobb who started at 25 seconds.

Barrie continued to present the Peter Pan Cup up to 1932, after which the honour fell to long term club member Albert Greenbury.  Albert joined the club with his brothers in 1908. He was club President from 1935 to 1955.  To this day we are grateful to the Greenbury family who continue to present the cup.

For the record, Volker finished ahead of Andrew Deeley and Stuart Bowman and 61 other swimmers.

Happy Christmas to all.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTE, VOLKER CELEBRATED BY HAVING A SWIM AT HAMPSTEAD HEATH POND LATER THAT MORNING. VIEW TV FOOTAGE HERE

Yours swimmingly

John Tierney

@swimmingdragons 

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