Congratulations Boris Mavra who won today's race over 220 yards for 'The Two Ronnies Cup' which was kindly sponsored by the two Jones, Lorraine and Norm.
The race was held for the memory of Serps swimmers Ron Hamill, and also Ron Miller and his son Andrew.
The three were active and popular members of the Serpentine and the Imperial College Sports centre now known as Ethos.
Ron Hamill worked as a commissionaire at the Royal Albert Hall and thanks to him the Serps members often enjoyed an unexpected night out.
Ron Miller was a plumber by trade but in his early years he toured Britain as a gymnast and photographs show him at the top of the tower during demonstrations. They were both incorrigible characters and once retired they both worked as lifeguards at the Sports Centre.
Andrew Miller, Ron’s son, followed in his Dad’s footsteps with his practical skills on the work front. He loved the fresh air of the Serps and the freedom of open water swimming. He too would spend time swimming and keeping the two supplied with endless cups of tea. He would look on at times and wonder who was the oldest of the three of them!
At the young age of 70, Ron Miller took a swim teacher's course which had been organised by Norm Jones. Norm added that Ron would almost daily park his blue camper van at Imperial College and somehow someone always persuaded the university staff not to clamp his vehicle. One day as Ron Hamill got out of the Serps he collapsed and stopped breathing.
One day at Serps, Ron Miller was able to put his bronze medallion lifesaving skills to the test and administer CPR. He managed to get him breathing again and after spending a few weeks in hospital Ron Hamill made a good recovery and went on to enjoy a few more years of swimming.
Ron Miller died of cancer and Andrew Miller tragically died while swimming in the sea off Brighton. Andrew, Ron’s son, always had a smile and would have loved all the dogs that are a firm part of the club's entourage. That includes Sweetpea, Tiggy, Albie, Poppy, Hayley and many more. Maybe we need a group photo of all the dogs at ten Serpentine
Those that knew them have many happy memories of time spent in their company, dogs and humans that is.
Finally Happy Birthday to Laure Latham and big thanks to Alan Mitchell for his excellent home baked flapjacks last week.
Placings from today:
Kevin Blick second first
John N third first
Squirrel Van der Huel fourth
Andrew Fuller fifth first
Andrew Deeley first dryland finisher (didn’t swim but did receive a prize)
Rob Ouldcott (first merman home as explained by the picture)