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“Peter Pan Cup” Christmas Morning Swim
From: 2013.12.24 To: 2013.12.24
Whilst children across London are eagerly waiting to unwrap their presents, the members of the “Serpentine Swimming Club” are preparing for their traditional 100 yard swim in Hyde Park. Decked out in Santa hats and Speedos, the Serpentine Club has been swimming winter and summer since 1864. The first race was won by H.Coulter, but really gained popular appeal in 1904 when Sir James Barrie, the novelist, immortalized the race by presenting the first “Peter Pan Cup”; like the boy that never grew up, the race has taken on a similarly legendary appeal. The race is only open to members and is raced on a handicap system. For anyone foolish enough to plunge into the icy Serpentine waters, with its temperature usually below 40 oF (4 oC) degrees in the winter. Swimmers train throughout the Winter to acclimatize to the frigid waters The race starts at 9am on the 25th December, on the south bank of the lake close to the Serpentine Café (the old pavilion). Spectators are most welcome, but are advised to wrap up warm.