Saturday 24 October would have seen the final fixture of the Emmi Hunte cup series of races. These are swum over varying distances through the season - February 55 yards, March 110 yards, August 880 yards and October 100 yards. Previously known as the Daily Telegraph cup, the trophy was re-dedicated to ever-popular veteran Emmi in 2019.
For many decades prizes for the Telegraph cup were provided by Ashwin Pandya. Many will fondly recall receiving a prize from Ashwin, even if they were nowhere near the front or had even raced or indeed swum. In fact one year even a passer-by was honoured. Sadly Ashwin passed away in January this year.
Emmi and daughter Elvira
Emmi has twice won the Christmas Day race
Emmi is a long-standing and very popular club member who won the Christmas Day race twice, though the Peter Pan cup only once. On the first occasion in 2004 club rules dictated the first swimmer home won the race, but if a woman a Wendy Cup was presented with the grand Peter Pan cup being presented to the first man home. This rule was changed at the very next AGM. In 2012 Emmi won the Christmas race and received the Peter Pan Cup. 2019 saw the Daily Telegraph Cup renamed the Emmi Hunte Cup in her honour.
Christmas 2009, at the start with Ron Whittam
Christmas 2015, again starting us off
Christmas 2015, listening for her mark
The Daily Telegraph cup became the Emmi Hunte cup in 2019
The Daily Telegraph sponsored a race series of varying formats on the club fixture list for over a hundred years, dating back at least to the 1900s. A review by the Telegraph organisation of their commercial set-up in the 1970s meant direct contact between the newspaper and Serpentine SC was lost. In 2019 the committee thought it appropriate to rededicate the cup to Emmi Hunte in recognition of her valued and appreciated services to the club in all hours and all weathers.