Our Special Races

The Serpentine Swimming Club's Christmas morning handicap is swum over a 100 yard course for the Peter Pan Cup.  This is a race strictly for Serpentine Swimming Club members only (people cannot just turn up on the day and swim) though spectators are welcome. 

The race starts at 09:00 sharp. The club's Christmas Day race has been held every year since 1864.  Author J M Barrie became associated with the Christmas Day race in 1903.  Barrie continued to present the Peter Pan Cup up to 1932, after which the honour fell to long term club member Albert Greenbury. 

Albert joined the club with his brothers in 1908.  He was club President from 1935 to 1955.  To this day the Greenbury family continue to present the cup.


The Christmas Day race for the Peter Pan cup is the Blue Ribbon event for those club members who compete regularly throughout the year. Entry will only be for club members with a handicap. The entry critieria will be published ahead

To qualify for the Christmas Day handicap list:

  • Members who are on the handicap list before the start of the Winter Series must compete in at least two of the Winter Series races.
  • Members who are NOT on the handicap list before the start of the Winter Series will be required to compete in 7 of the 9 Winter Series races to qualify for the Christmas Day race.

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