The Arthur Hester memorial race. 800m (880 yards) in memory of the 1889 Christmas Day winner

First and second places for two lucky Luckhursts, which also involved a second second for the lesser half.

Club member Bobby Baxter joined us to present cup and prizes in memory of his great, great grandfather, who was a key club member in the late 19th century.

Linda Luckhurst was back to swimming front crawl and winning ways.  Hubby John Luckhurst followed up in second place, pipping Alan Mitchell in the process.

For John this a second second in a row: he was runner up last year too.

Proud winner, Linda Luckhurst

Proud winner, Linda Luckhurst

(photo: Mike Harris)

Arthur Hester was Bobby Baxter's great grandfather and 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 Serpentine SC Christmas Morning 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 five years ago or so. 

(photo: Mike Harris)

(photo: Mike Harris)

A race celebrating Arthur Hester's 1889 Christmas victory was introduced into the club calender in 2009

In 2009 the then Hon. Secretary Alan Titmuss managed to find a slot in the fixture calendar for an Arthur Hester memorial race, in anticipation of the 120th anniversary of Arthurs Christmas victory.  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. 

Past President Robin Hunter stood in for Rob Ouldcott, who was still away on his holibobs

Past President Robin Hunter stood in for Rob Ouldcott, who was still away on his holibobs

(photo: Mike Harris)

Bobby Baxter, great-grandson of "Fulham lad" Arthur Hester, told the crowd the story of the family heirloom that is the 1889 gold medal, and of how Bob himself became an all-year-round swimmer with the club

Bobby Baxter, great-grandson of

Prizes followed a mostly literary theme.. (photo: Mike Harris)

Second home, for the second year running was John Luckhurst

Second home, for the second year running was John Luckhurst

(photo: Mike Harris)

Third place to Alan Mitchell

Third place to Alan Mitchell

(photo: Mike Harris)

Mathew Moroney 4th

Mathew Moroney 4th

(photo: Mike Harris)

5th place for Charlie

5th place for Charlie

It it good to see Bill Deely (on bench, right) back to his regular Saturday dips. (photo: Mike Harris)

(report compiled by Brian Thomas)