Serpentine Swimming Club

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  • 23 Sep 2023

    Mario graced the Serpentine Swimming Club from the early 1960s for over forty years.  A naturally gifted musician, Mario piped the Christmas Day swimmers onto the board for many decades.  A true gent, a true character, and a true friend to all who had the honour to swim in his company.  Mario Mcclarnon:  1932 - 2007.

    Mario's school teacher daughter Anna (who also answers to Maria) presented the cup and told "interesting" family tales.

  • 16 Sep 2023

    The early Hyde Park morning saw the opposite side of the lake accomodating much busy activity in readiness for the eager entrants to the Swim Serpentine event celebrating open water swimming.

    Meanwhile, we had fun doing what we have been doing since the mid 19th century.  The club's first All Clothes Race was held in 1866.

    The fun fest of our All Clothes Race dates back to the very beginning of the club.  It reflects the club's Royal Humane Society origins promoting water safety.  Originally it was an event to test a swimmer's ability to survive and swim fully clothed should they fall into a river or canal.  The race nowadays sees many "dressed to impress" fancy outfits.  Yet this event still reminds the competitor just how tough it is should they find themselves in the water in a heck of a lot more than a mere slinky, skimpy swim suit.

    The morning kicked-off with our hardy youngsters smiling through 100m to show their metal in the Cygnets cup race.  Bright young faces representing the future of the club.

  • 15 Sep 2023

    One of our swimming bretheren, originally hailing from San Francisco's Dolphin Club, has supplied details of his seven marathon swims in seven separate seas.

    The last of the seven swims was completed on 26 August this year, at Deal, Kent.

  • 14 Sep 2023