On 22 February 2020, Chris Hatcher won the first race of the Emmi Hunte Cup series, a race consisting of three consecutive handicapped races. Every year, the winner of the first race of the Emmi Hunte Cup series, formerly Telegraph Cup series, becomes the Wendy of the club. And what, pray you, does a Wendy do?
In Mary Gilbert’s words, Mary being the generous sponsor of this race:
Do we not agree,
That Wendy doth allay all fears!
With Peter fighting off the pirates ,
(That is: traffic wardens; police after cyclists who can't resist a little downhill slope; naughty splashy people etc)
The future of the club
Now everything will be alright!
For Peter can be bold and brave
And Wendy with a flourish and a waive,
Of her manly hand
Can write a splendid call to arms
Of all her merry band
Chris now bears the heavy responsibility of watching over all members of the club until next year’s Wendy Cup winner takes the power fairy burden over. Welldone, Chris!
As for Emmi, the living legend behind the cup, she is a long standing and very popular club member who, in the past, has been first in the Peter Pan Christmas Day race twice although has only won the cup once. On the first occasion in 2004, women were not eligible to win the cup and it was awarded to the first male swimmer. Emmi persevered and won the race and the cup in 2012. In 2019, the Telegraph Cup was renamed the Emmi Hunte Cup in her honour.