21 Nov 2021
In 1963 South London Swimming Club contacted all the open water swimming clubs in London to ask if they would like to take part in a gala. Only the Serpentine Swimming Club responded and a tradition was born. A bright but chilly Sunday morning saw the annual SLSC v SSC gala for the Doug Smith cup. Doug was a popular member of both clubs who died suddenly in 1967.
06 Nov 2021
The first of the seven rounds of "heats" commenced on Saturday 6 November. Deb Byatt won the first race, which started just after 7.30 am. The Bernard Fettes cup will be presented at the end of the series by the Kelly family.
The series also acts as a qualification for the Christmas Day race for the Peter Pan cup.
The Serpentine Swimming Club has been inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
02 Nov 2021
The IMSHOF is the global organisation that honours marathon swimmers, and contributors to marathon swimming.
30 Oct 2021
Linda Paxton romped home to win the Louis Schendler Bowl, presented by Louis' 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 seven Saturdays before Christmas.
23 Oct 2021
Saturday 23 October saw the final leg of the Emmi Hunte series of races. The morning's two 100 yard races saw victories for Vannessa Marshall and James Lythe. However, Fiona Campbell won the cup by virtue of her performance over the series.
In "normal" circumstances 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. Due to the Covid fixture suspensions, 2021 saw only two races counting toward the final result - the August and October events.
16 Oct 2021
Jeremy Newton breaststroked to glory to win the Clary Reed cup, swum in memory of both Clary Reed and Alan Lacy. The delightful Lacy daughters and granddaughters were all lakeside to watch the race and present the cup and prizes.
Apparently not everyone realised it was a breaststroke race and "one or two" people were disqualified. Not that anyone complained and, as usual, swimming fun was had by all.
09 Oct 2021
Tory and Jonny Long (and Archie) were with us to present the Stovold cup and prizes.
Mike Olizar, first in and first out, was victorious. Very fitting as Mike always asks very loudly "did I win?" at the end of each race, irrespective of how many swimmers were in front. Tony Schiemann and Anita Goyos achieved second and third place.
Mike Olizar - a man of letters and a man of The Times (read on to discover why).
Memories of an international class high diver, musings on Tory and Jonny, plus some information on previous Serpentine eating establishments.
02 Oct 2021
Debs Byatt powered through to win her first silverware with the club. Paddy was on hand with his usual tasty prizes.
This race celebrates a past president and handicapper and the ever present Yvonne. They both contributed much to the club and continued our strong relationship with the South London SC at Tooting Bec.
25 Sep 2021
The race resulted in the first silverware for Sally Stott. Second and third place went to Mike Barron and Alan Mitchell. Mario's daughter Anna presented the prizes, accompanied by brother Marcel and Mario's grandchildren.
Mario graced the Serpentine Swimming Club from the early 1960s for over forty years. A naturally gifted musician, Mario piped the Christmas Day swimmers onto the board for many decades. A true gent and great friend to all that had the honour to swim in his company. Mario - 1932 - 2007.
18 Sep 2021
Vanessa the Penguin was victorious in the 100m (110 yard) race for the John Sextone's All Clothes Race cup. Closely followed by Heather Miller and Tony Schiemann.
Memories of a sunny morning's race. It was watched-on by early arriving, bemused spectators on the other side of the lake expecting the seriousness of the Swim Serpentine event. Instead, they witnessed the Serpentine Swimming Club at its gloriously frivolous, excentric best.
Also lots of memories from the last decade and the one before that; and the last century and the one before that. A club event with a lineage stretching back to the Royal Humane Society origins of swimming in the Serpentine.