Robert Fisher was first home, followed by John Luckhurst and Judith Charman.
Club member Bobby Baxter is the great-grandson of "Fulham lad" Arthur Hester, who won the 1889 Christmas Day race. Arthur was a very involved club member who served on the committee in the early 1890s. Prior to James Barrie's involvement in 1903 and the initiation of the Peter Pan cup, the winner of the Serpentine SC's Christmas morning race was presented with a gold medal. Bobby is the custodian of this family heirloom and proudly displays the medal on the occasion of the race.
Robert Fisher, winner of the 2021 Arthur Hester memorial race
Bobby Baxter showing his grandfather's 1889 Christmas Day medal
Bobby Baxter followed family history and joined the club in 2008
Arthur Hester was Bobby Baxter's great grandfather who won the Christmas morning race in 1889 at the age of 22. Prior to the involvement of James Barrie and the presentation of a Peter Pan cup in 1903, the winner of the race was presented with a gold medal. The medal has been kept in the Baxter family as an heirloom. It was in 2007 that Bobby made contact with then club Secretary Alan Titmuss, and came along to the club one Saturday morning to show off the medal to members. Bobby joined the club in 2008 and became a regular for many years up to about four or five years ago. Personal circumstances have prevented his recent regular attendance. Unfortunately Bobby could not attend on Saturday, but he does send his love and massive hugs to all at the club. He does hope to get along for a paddle in the near future.
The 1889 Christmas Day winner's medal
Alan Titmuss managed to find a slot in the fixture calendar for an Arthur Hester memorial race in 2009, in anticipation of the 120th anniversary. The cup we use for the race is one of the previous Daily Telegraph cups that were bequeathed back to the club, and was introduced in 2014. This particular Daily Telegraph cup was competed for over nine races across three seasons, 1940, 1941 and 1942 - three distances each year: 110 yards, 220 yards and the All Clothes Race.
Christmas party, 2009. Bobby the thorn between two roses - Steph and Jenny
The three amigos were exceptionally precise in their race supervision
Anthony Wood has again provided some atmospheric B&W memories