James Norton won the ‘Andrew and the Two Ronnies Cup’ swam over 220 yards of the Serpentine on Saturday 19th October
James Norton won the ‘Andrew and the Two Ronnies Cup’ swam over 220 yards of the Serpentine on Saturday 19th October. A cornucopia of incandescent swimming hats was presented to James and ten other placings by race sponsor and former Club President Norman Jones. Volker who kept imagining he heard his name amongst the prize winners was sadly disappointed.
The race commemorates three popular but sadly deceased club members:
Ron Hammill was a regular swimmer and competitor in the late 1960s and 70s. He was a Foreman at the Royal Albert Hall and in this role had a ready access to complimentary tickets. Those for boxing and wrestling matches proved more popular with Club members than those for more ‘high brow’ cultural events. Ron suffered a seizure under the lakeside shower and was resuscitated by Ron Miller who had recently attended a first aid course run by Norman.
Ron Miller was an ever present at the Serp midweek and weekends in the 1980’s and 90’s. After national service in the Parachute Regiment, Ron travelled the UK with an amateur acrobatics team giving public displays.
Ron Miller’s son Andrew was a young and enthusiastic member of the club who moved to Brighton, where having gone swimming, he was reported missing and his body was subsequently recovered several weeks later.
Norman joined the Club in 1983. He won the Bridge to Bridge in both 1989 and 1994, the Christmas Day Peter Pan race in 1991 and was club champion between 1997 and 2001 and again in 2003. He is a past Club President, current committee member and a Vice President for life. Norman is a qualified swimming teacher, first aid trainer and RLSS lifeguard trainer and assessor.