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2024 Percy Clears cup

06 Apr 2024

The Percy Clears cup race fell foul of blue-green algae in August 2022 and again in September 2023.  Tweaks to the 2024 fixture calendar saw a new spring date for Clare Doyle's race.

Two 200m races again, with first home in the first race Aussie Natasha Wake receiving the silverware.

2024 Percy Clears cup

2024 Rob and Sarah Ouldcott Furlong

30 Mar 2024

Saturday saw the 200m (220 yard) leg of the club championship series.  Two more to go, 400m and 800m (440 & 880 yds).

Katie Irvine took the honours.

With a blue sky and fluffy clouds it was almost as if spring had arrived, though with the water 9.7c and the air 10c it still felt a tad nippy.

We also had a delayed presentation of a cup for a club member who "unnoticed, goes above and beyond behind the scenes".  To be honest, the recipient's dress sense ensures they never, ever go unnoticed.

2024 Rob and Sarah Ouldcott Furlong

20240325 Beanie hats

25 Mar 2024

Norman Jones has confirmed that an additional order of the 160th Anniversary beanie hats has arrived.

Price £10, cash only, from Norman.  Saturday is the best day to catch him, though he may have some on a Wednesday for those that cannot get along to the lake at weekends.

Please do not ask for credit as a hard, threatening stare from Mrs L Jones will not soon be forgotten and may induce recurring nightmares.

20240325 Beanie hats

2024 Sgt Thomas cup

23 Mar 2024

Prizes were presented to the first three in each of the two races, with the Sgt Thomas cup being presented to the race winner who performed best against their repective handicap.

Cup and prizes presented by Tommy's nephew Brian Thomas, joined by many other family members

2024 Sgt Thomas cup

2024 prizes by Anna and Sam Baker for the Emmi Hunte second race

16 Mar 2024

The Emmi Hunte series is raced between February and October over varying distances -  February 50m (55 yards), March 100m (110 yards), August 800m (880 yards) with the final 91m (100 yard) race held in late October.  Originally the Daily Telegraph series, this was re-dedicated to honour popular veteran Emmi Hunte in 2019.

Charlotte Hallward won the second of the two races and was deemed the morning's overall winner having performed best against her handicap.

This was the last 100m race until the autumn.  200m, handicapped, next Saturday.

Plus news of Team Serpentine's participation and medal winning ways at the International Winter Swimming Association World Championships held earlier this month in Tallinn, Estonia.

2024 prizes by Anna and Sam Baker for the Emmi Hunte second race

2024 Maggs Memorial

09 Mar 2024

Saturday's race was over 100m (110 yards) for the Bill and Ron Maggs memorial cup.  This year the cup and prizes were presented by James Norton, Jon Benton having agreed to swap prize duty with James for the race last week.  Back to schedule in 2025?

Illyan Kovatchev claimed the cup.

2024 Maggs Memorial
100m Championship Race Prizes by Jon Benton

2024 Mary Gilbert Wendy cup race

24 Feb 2024

Victoria Rock victorious on a gloriously sunny, but decidely chilly, late February morning.  Water 8c; air 4c.

The lost boys and girls were grateful to mother Mary for all the ample goodies.

2024 Mary Gilbert Wendy cup race

2024 Deirdre Ward races for the 1868 Captains cup

17 Feb 2024

John Tierney powered purposefully to take the prized pewter.

This was the first leg of the four race Emmi Hunte series -  February 55 yards (50m), March 110 yards (100m), August 880 yards (800m), and October 100 yards (91m).

2024 Deirdre Ward races for the 1868 Captains cup

2024 Ros Young scratch races

10 Feb 2024

The Club Championship is decided by a series of five races during winter, spring and summer over varying distances as the water warms up.  This process identifies not just the fastest of the Serpentine swimmers but also a champion who competes in all weathers and temperatures.

Members are eligible for the club championship after competing in at least four championship races.

After today, the other dates in the Championship Series are:

2 March, 100m (110 yards)

30 March, 200m (220 yards)

20 April, 400m (440 yards)

1 June, 800m (880 yards)

2024 Ros Young scratch races