Saturday's race was over 100m (110 yards) for the Bill and Ron Maggs memorial cup, with prizes by Jon Benton. Butler Bill Maggs is recorded as a starter in the Christmas Day race of 1910. He won the Peter Pan cup in 1920 and again in 1954, aged 71. Bill continued to race with the club up to the mid-1960s. Bill's son Ron did not race but always supported the club and the memorial race.
First home was Natasha Wake, followed by Ellie Jones and Stuart Bowman.
Jon Benton presented the cup to winner Natasha Wake - her first club silverware.
Bill Maggs - butler to the gentry, and future members of the Serpentine Swimming Club
Alan Titmuss recalled the following tale in the mid-2000s -
"Recently, a chance remark from Jenny Cleaver, a regular swimmer who comes with her dog Lilly, the one who manages a dip without getting her hair wet, told us that her granny's butler once swam in the Serpentine. It turned out to be none other than our man Maggs who was also Butler to Edward Simpson, the divorced husband of Mrs Simpson the Duchess of Windsor."
Jenny joined the club in 1993 and, with husband Sir Anthony Cleaver sponsors our summer blue ribbon event - the Bridge to Bridge race.
Bill's son Ron did not follow his father into the butler profession. He spent his working life as a panel beater.
For further detail on Bill Maggs and the race history please follow this link to last year's "race we missed" report. The article also takes a looks at the Lido refurbishment of the mid-1990s.
Not many photos of the morning, so here is one from 2011 of Jon during a Serpentine SC Channel relay
Bill Maggs joined the club over 100 years before Jon Benton
Bill Maggs competed in club races from the 1900s to the turn of the 1960s. Son Ron continued to present the memorial cup to the 1990s.
Ron's nephew Michael Wood continued the family tradition for many years and is still in contact with the club. Mike could not join us on Saturday, but he did send his regards to all.
In 1913 Bill Maggs was honoured by the Royal Humane Society
In 1913 Bill was honoured by the Royal Humane Society for saving the life of a drowning man. The Rushden Echo, 31 October 1913 reported "without waiting to remove any clothing, the rescuer Mr W F Maggs immediately jumped into the river and swam to the assistance of the helpless man, brought him to the bank and using the Schafer's method of resuscitation, was able, in about 80 seconds, to bring the rescued man back to consciousness. The man, Mr Lanesbury of Wilby, soon made a complete recovery."
The Royal Humane Society presented Mr Maggs with a certificate, which read "who did his duty nobly and like an Englishman", and a solid silver pen, suitable inscribed. Bill Maggs, who was employed as Butler to the Hon. Sir.E.Chandos-Leigh. said 'he had only done his duty and what any other similarly placed person would have done."