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 compete in our races but always supported the club and the Maggs Memorial fixture.
Heather Miller won her first club race in very nippy conditions.... water 5c, air 2c (41f/32.2f).
First club silverware for Heather Miller
A chilly but beautiful lake welcomed the competitors for an 8 o'clock start
Today's prizes followed a very quaffable theme.
Race sponsor Jon Benton joined us in 2009.
Today's cup remembers Bill Maggs, a popular member who joined the club over 100 years before Jon
All ears to hear all about Maggs
Butler Bill Maggs was honoured by the Royal Humane Society in 1913
In 1913 Bill Maggs 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."
Maggs won the Peter Pan cup in 1920, and again in 1954, aged 71
Bill Maggs won many trophies during his seven decades with the club
A direct connection with today's membership
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.
For further detail on Bill Maggs and the race history please follow this link to the 2021 "race we missed" report. The article also takes a looks at the Lido refurbishment of the mid-1990s.
Robin and Dani got proceedings underway
Testing the waters, waiting for their mark
The first of two races underway
A very close finish
2nd place for Peter Georgiou, South London's finest
Trent Herdman a close 3rd
5th place hug for Deirdre
Jon joined the club in 2009. As well as enjoying the competitive fun of club races, Jon also shared the pain of others by completing a number of Channel relays with fellow club members
(report compiled by Brian Thomas)