Will Luckhurst's resilience over the five-race series saw him crowned our 2022 Club Champion.
The five-race series commenced in February, with our championship contested through winter, spring and summer. The distances - 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. Or if you prefer 55 yards, 110 yards, 220 yards, 440 yards, 880 yards. And for the real obscurists amongst us, 10 poles, 20 poles, one furlong, a quarter-mile and half-a-mile.
Will was presented with the Arthur Goffrey Cup by Arthur's daughter and a great supporter of the club, Judy Thayer. The first Saturday of "metrological summer" greeted us with a damp and dull morning - 17c in the water and 14c in the air.
2022 Club Champion, Will Luckhurst
Arthur Goffrey, 1904 - 1992. Arthur joined the club in 1934.
Arthur was club President when “the class of ‘67” joined the swimming club - Bill Deeley, Mike Olizar, Peter Larrad and Brian Thomas. As Mike Olizar recalled during Saturday's presentation, Arthur was very quick to welcome new members kindly into the fold. We all owed him a debt of gratitude for making us feel so much at home.
Arthur was club President twice, in 1965-68 and 1977-80. He took over the role as club handicapper in 1952 when Clary Reed stood down, continuing in this role until the mid-1960s. Arthur still provided handicapping assistance and cover into the 1980s.
In 1971 Arthur was interviewed in the waters of the Serpentine for a BBC "Man Alive " documentary on 24 hours in the life of Hyde Park. This link should take you to the Serpentine Lido section - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00t6cvm
For more information on Arthur's decades with the club plus some detail regarding previous club champions please follow this link to the 2021 report -
President Rob Ouldcott welcomed Judy and spoke of Arthur's many years of important contribution to the club
Will's elder brother Alan, second in the championship
Third place, James Norton
Jess Kelly won the morning's race, but not the championship
Not today's race. This is a look back at the 50m splash and dash from 12 February, first race of the Championship series.
Will nipped in to pip brother Alan in the 12 February race
In addition to Lizzie's official birthday and platinum jubilee we also had some birthdays to celebrate - Lorraine (cutting cake), Alice and Sarah.
Not just cake
(report compiled by Brian Thomas)