Paulette Titmuss with Rosemary Lewis

Paulette Titmuss with Rosemary Lewis

Roses rose all the way You Beau Tie
Sat, 19 May 2018, A Royal Park with water and further afield

A Rose and Love conquer everything

Alan Titmuss would have surely smiled at the thought of his memorial swimming race taking place at the Serpentine on the same day that Prince Harry married Meghan Markle

Alan, our club president from 1986-89, who sadly passed in 2009, had a successful career as a Royal Marine and book binder. The natural link with Alan, is that Prince Harry is the Captain General of the Royal Marines. Harry succeeded the role from The Duke of Edinburgh. It was a glorious day, both for swimming and the royal wedding.

And in a joyfully inclusive way, this explains why some Serpentine swimmers enthusiastically dressed the part to celebrate the Royal Wedding, while also competing for the Alan Titmuss trophy.

What a day. Blue skies, happy faces, stunning hats, and costumes to admire from close up and afar. And it was just the same at Windsor, where later reports state that 1.9 billion people around the world watched the wedding. Some swimmers showed their support from further afield, Windsor, France and beyond.

Rose Lewis won today's race, and she is showing good form and stamina this year.  George was second head of Matthew, Linda, Henry, Cedric and Catherine Cselko.

And reflecting on the beautifully sunny day, I've borrowed the fine lines of the Song of Solomon which were read at the wedding.

"It was clear that Winter had gone. Arise my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.”

Yes, Love conquers everything.

Thank you to the Titmuss family today.

Previous Winners

2010 Hingley Sakura
2011 Jones Norman
2012 Thomas Brian
2013 Rice Jenny

Jeremy Cavanagh

2017 Poppy
2018 Rosemary Lewis


Yours swimmingly

John Tierney

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Photos: Mostly Mike Harris