A hard slog for Katie, who started 1 minute and 49 seconds after the first swimmer. Last week's ice had cleared, but the 100 yard (91m) distance was a chilly, stength sapping 4.8c. The dozens and dozens of swimmers in front of her were also quite an obstalce.
2022 Peter Pan cup winner, Katie Berlyn Holmes
On the board and ready
Mike Olizar got the race underway with the clock at zero. Definitely not last, Mike paused to pose for the cameras.
A Greenbury family tradition since 1932
Albert Greenbury and his two brothers swam in the 1908 Christmas Day race. Albert took over presentation of the Peter Pan cup from Sir James Barrie in 1932. Five generations of Greenburys joined us this morning, including recent additions Rory (16 months) and Amelia (14 months), Albert's two great great grandaughters.
Simon Greenbury presented the cup, watched on by sister Lucy who swims all the year round with the club.
Simon spoke of his father Stephen, who at 90 was not able to attened but sent his Christmas wishes and thoughts to all members.
President Rob's speech was eagerly awaited (with the crowd joined by an infamous childrens' literary character)
Simon Greenbury presented the cup, watched on by racing sister Lucy
The presidential address went down well
Having collected the cup, a beaming Katie turned to face the cameras
Big hug for second placed Yvonne
Flowers and thank-yous for Channel legend Rosie, who keeps us in order for the other 51 weeks of the year
Every year since 1864 - the oldest continuous swimming competition?
The Serpentine Swimming Club's Christmas morning handicap is swum over a 100 yard course for the Peter Pan Cup. The club's Christmas Day race has been held every year since 1864. In the early years it was customary for the winner to be presented with a medal. Author J M Barrie became associated with the Christmas Day race in 1903 when he first donated a Peter Pan Cup. This coincided with the play Peter Pan's debut on the London stage. Barrie continued to present a cup for the winner each year up to 1932. The honour then fell to Albert Greenbury, a dedicated member since 1908 who served as club president from 1935 to 1955. To this day the Greenbury family continue the tradition. Albert's granddaughter, Lucy Harris, is a current member and races all through the year.
On the rare occasions when ice has prevented the race from going ahead on Christmas morning, the Peter Pan cup has been swum once the ice has cleared. Normally this means a race in January, though in 1981 the ice lingered and the race was eventually swum on 27 February 1982. Covid restrictions meant the club could not hold the Christmas race in 2020. However, we were allowed to swim "socially distanced" and many members swam the traditional 100 yard course - each undertaking their own personal Christmas Day race. So in fact the club's 157th Christmas Day swim did take place. This means 2022 saw our 159th Christmas swim. Are you counting how many sleeps until the 160th
The 1913 finish
1922, 100 years ago 12 year old Willie Adams was the youngest competitor
Lots more information if you follow this link to "the race we missed" report from 2020 -