50 times worth the tribute and definitely something to Mumble aboutPeter Larrad BLDSA award
Sat, 15 Apr 2017
Serpentine SC’s Peter Larrad had more than a few smiles when he recently received the plaudits of the British Long Distance Swimming Association. Peter became just the third Serpentine swimmer to be awarded the BLDSA’s James Brennan trophy for merit.
Peter is well known for having swam the length of Lake Windermere an impressive fifty times.
He first swam Windermere in 1969 at the age of 19. This was the start of 38 swims in the BLDSA championship, three doubles and six individuals giving a total of 50 lengths of the lake.
1976 was Peter’s best year for swimming, with his completion of a “double Windermere” in 12hr 54min, and a Loch Lomond swim in 15hr 44min. Torbay also became a regular fixture for Peter, and he has completed 33 swims to date. Peter has taken part in numerous swims in the UK; he came first in the Mumbles - Porthcawl (15m tide assisted) on two occasions.
He also ventured further afield with a couple of trips to Spain, where he swam long distances on the River Ebro, and Peniscola - Benicarlo.
Peter has also organised the Torbay Championships 2012 - 2016.
Jean Wilkin Oxley (Past President) kindly delivered the trophy to Peter at Lake Windermere last weekend.
The two previous Serpie recipients of this trophy have been Cdr Gerry Forsberg and Kevin Murphy.