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Ron Whittam cup 2022

14 May 2022

Sir Anthony Cleaver streaked home sideways to capture the spoils and the Ron the Con "Power Cup". 

Once all racers had finished, we swam the now traditional extra 84 yards at "Ron pace" in recognition of Ron's 84 years.

Kirstie Neilson and Mary Olivari provided some beautiful prizes in memory of their dear friend.

Norman Jones did the presentation honours, stepping in on behalf of President Rob Ouldcott who was striding along the Pennine Way whilst we were drinking tea and eating cake.

Ron Whittam cup 2022

2022 Eric Carter Quarter

07 May 2022

An international morning to celebrate a very significant anniversary in the club's history -  our return to racing twelve months ago.

Vanessa surprised herself and stormed home to claim the Doug Smith cup for New Zealand. 

Alan Mitchell streaked in second for Scotland, Jaana Tarmar followed-up third for Finland whilst Brian Thomas flew the flag of St George two weeks too late but still squeezed into fourth place.

D-day veteran Doug Smith was a leading figure at the South London SC who swam with the Serpentine Swimming Club from 1956 until his premature death in 1967.  During his time with us Doug strengthened the already close ties between the two clubs.

Also, a big thank you to the morning's wardens.

2022 Eric Carter Quarter

2022 Maurice Ferris cup presented by Mike Olizar and family

30 Apr 2022

Sally Olizar joined Mike on a sunny but chilly last day of April to present a cup in memory of Maurice Ferris.  Tony Schiemann held off Elly Jones to snatch the silver.

President Rob had two messages -   1. if you are a cup holder please return it in good time for this year's race and 2. please volunteer for a warden session (once a month is no sweat for most regulars).

2022 Maurice Ferris cup presented by Mike Olizar and family

2022 Fixture cards ready

29 Apr 2022

The 2022 fixture card is now ready.  Please collect one from the changing room.

Cups and trophies must be returned to John Luckhurst in good time for the forthcoming race.

2022 Fixture cards ready

2022 Bill Phipps cup

23 Apr 2022

Daughter Theresa travelled up from South Wales to present the Bill Phipps cup the winner and to soon-to-be committee member Ilyan Kovatchev.

President Rob spoke of a man loved by fellow swimmers who sadly left us in 2009 but whose incredible life story lives on in "club collective memory".

An awful lot of the club's marathon swimmers were also present, ready to take part in a photoshoot to celebrate the club's induction into the International Marathon Swimmers Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Naples on the 7th May.

2022 Bill Phipps cup

Tony Cuthbert cup 2022

16 Apr 2022

Today we raced in memory of Tony Cuthbert, the man who wrote the club anthem: "In the duck poo, that's what we do, come on in the water's fine.  You are in my heart forever, oh my darling Serpentine".

Saundra Satterlee presented the Tony Cuthbert cup to the winner of the penultimate leg of the five-race Club Championship series, Jess Kelly.  Anita Goyos came a close second, followed by new boy Sami Robertson.

The morning was notable for the maiden speech of our new president, Rob Ouldcott.  Rob welcomed Saundra and recalled legendary club stories of Tony Cuthbert, who contributed so much fun and laughter to the club

Tony Cuthbert cup 2022

The Alan Lacy Breaststroke race for the Clary Reed cup 2022

09 Apr 2022

Another bright but chilly morning (water 9c, air 6.5c) saw many of us struggle with 200m (220 yards) of breaststroke in memory of Alan Lacy and Clary Reed.

First home was Leanne Ashrafian, followed by Victoria Rock and then Deirdre Ward.

A big turnout from the Lacy family, who presented some very useful prizes.

The Alan Lacy Breaststroke race for the Clary Reed cup 2022

Ted and Sgt Tommy Thomas cup 2022

02 Apr 2022

The Sgt. Thomas memorial cup was first presented in April 1942, 80 years ago.  Fourteen-year-old schoolboy Tommy Thomas joined the club in 1936.  Early in WW2 he joined the RAF and was tragically killed on active service in 1941, aged 19.  The cup also remembers Ted Thomas, Tommy's brother.  Though not a racer, Ted was a long term member and supporter of the club.

Fran Lou was presented with the cup by Brian Thomas, Ted's son and Tommy's nephew.  Brian joined the club in 1967 and served as club President 2001 - 2004 and Hon. Secretary 2010 - 2017.

Natasha was the morning's hero, stepping up to the plate to warden at short notice.

Ted and Sgt Tommy Thomas cup 2022

Rob and Sarah Furlong 2022

26 Mar 2022

Prizes by Rob and Sarah Ouldcott.

Memories of previous sponsor Dave Holliday.

Big birthday surprise for James Lythe.

And thank you to our warden for the morning.

Rob and Sarah Furlong 2022