Serpentine Swimming Club

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The Serpentine Swimming Club is an inductee (Honor Organization) in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2022
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Rosie Temple, a member of the Serpentine Swimming Club removing ice from the lido in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London
William de Laszlo, a member of the Serpentine Swimming Club removing ice from the lido in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London

noun - The Serpentine Swimming Club is a group of hardened and eclectic open water swimmers, endurance athletes, fitness swimmers and triathletes based in London, England. It is an all year-round open air swimming club. The main thrust and organization of the club revolves around the Saturday morning handicap races, held at 8:00 throughout the year. Wetsuits are not permitted for the races. The most well known of the races is the Peter Pan Christmas Day Race. During winter months, the water temperature is very low and the lake does occasionally freeze, whilst in the summer the water can reach temperatures over 20°C (70°F).

As of 2021, 80 members have completed 180 English Channel solos – including the first female and male swimmers to complete triple crossings and swimmers with the most male crossings: 43 solos - Alison Streeter, MBE (IMSHOF Class of 1985 and ISHOF Class of 2006), Jon Erikson (IMSHOF Class of 1981 and ISHOF Class of 2014) and 34 solo crossings Kevin Murphy (IMSHOF Class of 1977 and ISHOF Class of 2009). Other Club members honored by IMSHOF include Nick Adams (IMSHOF Class of 2013), Rosemary George (IMSHOF Class of 2003), and Colin Hill (IMSHOF Class of 2017)

Honor

The Serpentine Swimming Club is an inductee (Honor Organization) in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2022.

Location

The Serpentine Lake is situated in London's Hyde Park. The club has its own (somewhat Spartan) changing facilities and members are permitted by the Royal Parks to swim in the lake in the mornings before 9:30 am.

Just Get On With It

The Serps often say, "Just get on with it" to visitors from foreign lands who hesitate to swim in mid-winter.

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