Serpentine Swimming Club Honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Ned Denison, chairperson of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, announced the induction of the Serpentine Swimming Club as an Honor Organization in the Class of 2022 of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
The Serpentine Swimming Club is based in Hyde Park in center London and was founded in 1864. It is a haven for cold water enthusiasts and is also a major hub for marathon swimmers. The Club has a historic focus on the English Channel (to date, 80 members have completed 180 solo crossings). Record setting members include the first female and male swimmers to complete triple crossings and swimmers with the most male crossings including Alison Streeter, MBE, Jon Erikson, and Kevin Murphy. Other Club members honored by the IMSHOF include Nick Adams (Class of 2013), Rosemary George (Class of 2003), and Colin Hill (Class of 2017)
Many other Club members have completed marathon swims around the world including Catalina Channel in California, Maui Channel in Hawaii, Robben Island in South Africa, Manhattan Island in New York, Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco, Lake Zurich in Switzerland, Lake Annecy in France, Cook Strait in New Zealand, Round Jersey in the Channel Islands, Jersey to France, Round Guernsey, Lake Geneva/Lac Leman in Switzerland/France, plus many crossings of the most famous fresh-water swims in the United Kingdom such as Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, and Lake Windermere.
Additionally and very importantly, Serpentine members have a long history of supporting and giving back to the swimming community. Members have long held officer and committee positions in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and in Honor Organizations inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, the British Long Distance Swimming Association, the Channel Swimming Association, and the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation.
In 2019; the club raised US$12;000 for one-to-one swimming lessons for children with physical and sensory disabilities.
“I love it when the Serps often say, ‘Just get on with it‘ to visitors from foreign lands who hesitate to swim in mid-winter in water that has a sheet of thin ice on the water’s surface,” recalled Steven Munatones. “Its members are truly about open water swimming and the camaraderie and mutual support that swimmers are known for. I love their somewhat Spartan changing facilities and the members who come smiling widely after swimming in the Serpentine in the mid-winter mornings before 9:30 am. It can be cold and foggy – or sunny and warm – but they all come out happy and ready to take on the rest of their day. The Club is remarkable and truly historic and has long forged a lasting place in the legacy of the sport.”
For more information about the Serpentine Swimming Club, visit serpentineswimmingclub.com.
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