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
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.
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
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
Second home, for the second year running was John Luckhurst
Third place to Alan Mitchell
Mathew Moroney 4th
5th place for Charlie
(report compiled by Brian Thomas)