Will Luckhurst crowned the Platinum Jubilee club champion

The final Saturday of the five race series saw Will Luckhurst top of the table. "Lovely jublee!"

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

2022 Club Champion, Will Luckhurst

Arthur's daughter, Judy Thayer braved the very early summer conditions to present the silverware

Arthur Goffrey, 1904 - 1992. Arthur joined the club in 1934.

Arthur Goffrey, 1904 - 1992.  Arthur joined the club in 1934.

Christmas Day, 1952. Arthur's first Peter Pan cup as handicapper. Note the "little black book" containing Arthur's handicap notes and records.

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 -

http://serpentineswimmingclub.com/news/51102/880-yards-club-championship-race-for-the-arthur-goffrey-cup

1935, and a dashingly handsome Arthur Goffrey is presented with the Gilbert Varley cup by Hon. Secretary and Handicapper Alfred Rowley.

President Rob Ouldcott welcomed Judy and spoke of Arthur's many years of important contribution to the club

President Rob Ouldcott welcomed Judy and spoke of Arthur's many years of important contribution to the club

Rob explaining the format of the club championship, competed-for through winter, spring and (almost) summer conditions. Past club president and also past club champion Norman Jones watches on whilst Anthony Wood captures the moment on his "proper" camera.

Will commences RAF training in August. It is thus questionable whether he will be able to defend his title in 2023. An opportunity for brother Alan? (Or even dad John if he nobbles enough of the opposition!)

Will's elder brother Alan, second in the championship

Will's elder brother Alan, second in the championship

Third place, James Norton

Third place, James Norton

Jess Kelly won the morning's race, but not the championship

Jess Kelly won the morning's race, but not the championship

Jess acknowledges his adoring fans. Rob almost speechless.

Not today's race. This is a look back at the 50m splash and dash from 12 February, first race of the Championship series.

Not today's race.  This is a look back at the 50m splash and dash from 12 February, first race of the Championship series.

No quarter asked; no quarter given! (Water 6.1c; air 6c)

Will nipped in to pip brother Alan in the 12 February race

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.

In addition to Lizzie's official birthday and platinum jubilee we also had some birthdays to celebrate -  Lorraine (cutting cake), Alice and Sarah.

Homemade scones, cookies and cake courtesy of Charlotte, with additional goodies supplied by Simone

Not just cake

Not just cake

Fiona trying to make up her mind on what to have next, watched on by birthday girl Alice.

No photo of birthday girl Sarah Ouldcott, but forever happy un-birthday girl Sally was present to ponder the perennial West Country question - jam first, or cream?

(report compiled by Brian Thomas)