Ros Young, our ever-present organiser of wardens and some-time herder of cats
How do we decide the club champion?
Saturday 13 February would have seen the first of the scratch races for the Club Championship, with prizes presented by Ros Young. The club championship is swum over a series of five scratch races during winter, spring and summer over varying distances as the water (hopefully) warms up. February 55 yards (50m); early March 110 yards (100m); late March 220 yards (200m); April 440 yards; culminating in the 880 yards (800m) race in July for the honour of winning the Arthur Goffrey cup.
This process identifies not just the fastest of the Serpentine swimmers but also a champion who will compete in all weathers and temperatures.
Ros joined us as a club member in 2013
Ros was a regular competitor running around the lake, but a late convert to racing in the lake.
Ros joined the Serpentine Running Club in the early 1980s and went on to take part in all that club’s activities from cross country and track and field to running numerous marathons and ultramarathons. Indeed, aged 49 she ran a marathon in what would have been a British record had she been 50. Sadly she was injured when she was 50 but went on to run the prestigious Comrades Marathon (54 miles, uphill route- Durban to Pietermaritzburg) aged 52. She was also a keystone of that club, holding the position of Secretary and then of Chair. the latter when the Club was rewriting its constitution. She also added age grading and computerisation to the monthly handicap system still in use today on the other side of the pond.
In addition she did a little cycling on the side. One of her more notable rides was to accompany by bike World Ultrarunning Champion Hilary Walker when she set the record for running from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Getting into triathlon in her 60s she started cycle time trialling and last year, some 11 years older, set personal bests on 10 and 25 miles, beating times she did as a “youngster”.