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2024 Membership

26 Dec 2023

Contrary to what was stated on the radio, membership of the Serpentine Swimming Club is strictly following these simple rules.

2023 Christmas Day Race

25 Dec 2023

Sixty-one club members took part in the160th Christmas Day swim, with all eyes on the prize that was the 2023 Peter Pan cup.  Sarah Legrand overcame keen competition for her first win in a Serpentine race.  And what a race to win!

Water 9.3c; air 12c.   Was this the warmest Peter Pan race ever?

2023 Christmas Day Race

23Dec23 non race

23 Dec 2023

The prize -  a squashed Mini Mars Bar to first home President Rob

23Dec23 non race

Qualified swimmers for the Christmas Day 2023 handicap race for the Peter Pan cup.

18 Dec 2023

The final start list for the Christmas Day race 2023 is published below. Only the pre-qualified swimmers named on the list will be allowed to race.

As always, the race will start at 9 am sharp. If you wish to view the race, please try and arrive by 08:30 as, judging by recent years, the bankside tends to be full of spectators.

Thank you.

2023 Winter Series final

16 Dec 2023

Seven Saturdays of the Bob Kelly Winter Series culminated on the 16th December with a points victory for Fran Lou.  Congratulations, speeches and hugs were the ordedr of the morning.  CNN were present to capture the event.

Plus a look back at the other six rounds of heats, commencing 4th November. 

Also, Katie Irvine scooped the Dani Lobo handicapper's award for the most competitive swimmer.

2023 Winter Series final

2023 Winter Series commences

04 Nov 2023

The first of the seven rounds of "heats" commenced on Saturday 4 November.  Victoria Hasler had the honour of winning the first race of "winter" 2023.  Points not prizes today, but big hugs to all of our heat winners.

The Bernard Fettes cup will be presented by the Kelly brothers (Sean, Duff and Jesse) at the end of the series on Saturday 16 December.

The series also acts as a qualification for the Christmas Day race for the Peter Pan cup.

2023 Winter Series commences

2023 Louis Schendler Bowl

28 Oct 2023

The end buoys had been moved back to the 100 yard mark ready for Saturday's Christmas morning dress rehursal.  We had with a tad fewer spectators and two comfortable races rather than the festive bumping and boring no-holds-barred of one off Peter Pan race.

Jamie Lauder, of the second race, was recorded as two seconds faster against his handicap than the winner of the first race, Mike Barron.

2023 Louis Schendler Bowl

2023 Pollocks To This Channel Relay

26 Oct 2023

Zoe Podmore and team took advantage of a slot reserved via South London SC by Richard Chatterjee, who is also a fellow Serpie.

Here is her account of their 13 hour 24 minutes adventure.

2023 Pollocks To This Channel Relay

2023 Emmi Hunte series final race

21 Oct 2023

The Emmi Hunte series is determined across a series of races between February and October over varying distances -  February 55 yards (50m), March 110 yards (100m), August 880 yards (800m) with the final 100 yard (90m) race held in late October.   This year the half mile event fell foul of blue-green alage.  Saturday's final race of 100 yards was upped to 220 (200m) because the handicaps had inadvertently been based on last week's distance.  Nobody complained; everyone merrily accepted their fate: they would have swum back anyway.

In addition, an "Ashwin prize" was presented by Topo Wresniwiro in memory of Ashwin Pandya who had sponsored the series in its previous guise as "The Daily Telegraph cup" prior to it being rededicated in Emmi's honour in 2019.

2023 Emmi Hunte series final race

2023 Andrew and the Two Ronnies cup

14 Oct 2023

Woolly hats much in evidence as autumn normality returned for Norman's surprise prizes.  The Indian summer was blown away (water 16c with the air 9c) whilst past president Eric Carter blew away the opposition to claim the Andrew and the Two Ronnies cup.

2023 Andrew and the Two Ronnies cup