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2022 Doug Smith cup SLSC v SSC

20 Nov 2022

The early rain clouds cleared to provide a beautiful sunny Sunday morning for the annual gala at Tooting Bec Lido.  Over thirty "Serpentinies" turned out to achieve a glorious second.  Team Serpentine was once again super efficiently marshalled and whipped into place by our club captain, Deirdre Ward.

This was the last chance to swim at the Bec before its' nine months closure for refurbishment.  Will many venture north of the river to continue their early morning fix before it reopens?

2022 Doug Smith cup SLSC v SSC

Louis Schendler Bowl 2022

29 Oct 2022

A dull morning, but lots of sunny and happy memories of Louis Schendler.  Prizes and trophy presented by daughter Bunny.

This was the last 100-yard race before the start of the 55 yards (50m) Winter Series sprints to be raced over the next eight Saturdays up to Christmas Eve.

(Plus a note from the Hon. Secretary regarding qualification for the Christmas Day race)

Louis Schendler Bowl 2022

Emmi Hunte Cup 2022

22 Oct 2022

The Emmi Hunte series is raced between February and October over varying distances -  February 55 yards (50m), March 110 yards (100m), August 880 yards (800m) with the final 100 yard (90m) race held in late October.   The first race of the 2022 series fell victim to the aftermath of the previous day's "Storm Eunice" -  the park did not open until 09.30 to allow a clear-up of debris.   Brian Thomas won the cup based on aggregate performance over the three races.

Emmi Hunte Cup 2022

Andrew and the Two Ronnies Cup 2022

15 Oct 2022

Laure Latham captured the silverware, storming past Brian Thomas at the finish of the 200m (220 yards) race.

Past president Norman told stories and memories of Ron Hamill, Ron Miller and his son Andrew.  President Rob told stories of Norman and Lorraine.

Andrew and the Two Ronnies Cup 2022

Stovold Cup 2022

08 Oct 2022

Another sunny autumn morning for the 200m (220 yards) race in memory of Sid and Gladys Stovold.  The cup was first presented sixty years ago in memory of Sid, who died suddenly at the far too young age of 51.

Stovold Cup 2022

2022 Cyril and Yvonne Wood cup

01 Oct 2022

Robert Fisher came in first in the 200m (220 yards) race in memory of long time club favourites Cyril and Yvonne Wood.  Paddy Boyce provided some lovely prizes.

The club was also paid a visit by Ice Miler Ram Barkai, who spoke about his winter swimming history and his recently published book.

2022 Cyril and Yvonne Wood cup

All Clothes Race and Mario McClarnon cup

24 Sep 2022

One length of the Lido for the forever fun 100m (110 yard) All Clothes Race kicked off proceedings at 8am, followed by a quick up and back 200m (220 yards) in memory of barefoot marathon running, bagpipe busking, charity collecting, Clapham Junction signalman club legend Mario McClarnon.

Plus a big, bubbly birthday celebratrion for a happy Sarah Legrand.

All Clothes Race and Mario McClarnon cup

2022 Dusty Rhodes Bowl

03 Sep 2022

Covid in 2020 and then blue-green in 2021 meant a two year absence of the Tony and Jane Schiemann sponsored Dusty Rhodes Bowl.  "Only" a two year absence for the magnificant trophy, which disappeared from the fixture list after 1992, but returned in 2018.

2022 Dusty Rhodes Bowl

2022 Louis Farbe cup

27 Aug 2022

2022 silverware for veteran Haydn Turner on the same Saturday as 2021, but not the same silverware.

A big turnout for long term member George Brutton, with many memories of Frenchman Louis Farbe: a mid-20th century world record holder and popular club member.

2022 Louis Farbe cup