Home to the Serpentine Swimming Club and the venue for the 2012 Olympics open water marathon events, the Serpentine lake has a rich history of open water swimming. A new charity event will allow swimmers to take to the lake in October while raising money for Parkinson’s UK.
Swim The Serpentine, on Sunday 4 October, will consist of 110-metre races in the Serpentine Lido. Heats will be held in four categories: men, women, 7-11 year olds and 12-16 year olds. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category.
“Some people might think that swimming in the open air in October is a bit bonkers, but we know that many swimmers are a dedicated bunch, dipping their toes in in all weathers,” says Yasmin Hanif, community and events fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK. “The chance to do so in the Serpentine may well be on some Londoners’ bucket list of things to do once in their lifetime – here is that moment. Raising money for a really good cause will also be motivation to jump in”.
There is no minimum sponsorship required to take part in Swim the Serpentine, but participants are encouraged to raise at least £50.00. Friends and family are invited to come along with a £1 spectator’s entry fee.
For more information about the event, start times, logistics, and to register, visitparkinsons.org.uk/swimserpentine