A Joy and Privilege: The Peter Pan Cup at the Serpentine on Christmas Day

In the Serpentine Swimming Club’s compact and bijou changing room, I regularly find myself gazing at the black and white pictures of swimmers that adorn the walls. The energy that emanates beyond their frames is captivating. Often the swimmers are emerging from a snow encircled Serpentine, prompting an inhalation of breath and empathy with the glint in their eyes.

Winter Swimming
The Joy of Winter Swimming

I know I am only just beginning to scratch the surface of the history of this wonderful swimming club but I’m already inspired; and that’s before you enjoy the camaraderie amongst the swimmers and the wealth of knowledge they bring to one another’s swim journeys.

Last winter I was in the Alps and my friend Dee and I made it down to the local lake for short dips roughly once a week. I loved it and when I returned to London in May I was looking forward to becoming part of an outdoor swimming community that enjoys getting out into the open water all year round.

Swimski with Dee O'Neil. Always be prepared...
Swimski. Always be prepared…

Having completed 8 of the 9 saturday morning swims in the Serpentine winter swim calendar, I qualified to participate in the wonderful Peter Pan Cup on Christmas Day.

Bagpipes led us out of the changing rooms to the lido bridge, with hundreds of spectators and even the media looking on:Β 100 yards of swimming history and joy in the Serpentine Lido.

The Start

The Finish – Congratulations Alan Mitchell!

A very special start to Christmas day.

Some great pics from the morning were featured in the Telegraph, including this πŸ™‚

"Fu θ£ε‡Ίζ°΄β€œ Out of the Water a Lotus Rises: The Serpentine Peter Pan Cup Christmas Day 2014 as featured in the Telegraph online and other press (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA)
“θŠ™θ“‰ε‡Ίζ°΄β€œ Out of the Water a Lotus Rises: The Serpentine Peter Pan Cup Christmas Day 2014 as featured in the Telegraph online and other press (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA)

 

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