The Serpentine in London's Hyde Park was the site for Open Water swimming during the 2012 London Olympics, and last weekend for 'Swim Serpentine'. This two-day festival of Open Water swimming was organised by the team behind the London Marathon, and comprised a 'mass participation swim' for almost 5500 people on Saturday 24th September in a series of 'waves' over a one-mile course, and on Sunday 25th September, the inaugural British Open Water Swimming age group Championships.
WNSC's Jenny Read and Sam Rose took part in the respective 13 and 14-year-old joint age group races,over the 1-mile (1.6km) course. Jenny came 7th in her event in a time of 23:01 and Sam came second in his in a time of 21:18 seconds. Nathan Wells swam the prestige event of the day, the 5 km 'Elite swimmers' race, an invitation only event with competitors from Holland, Germany and across the UK. He put in a fantastic performance finishing 7th in a time of 59 mins 5 seconds.
Sam's day got better when he received his silver medal from Team GB Open Water swimmer Jack Burnell, but it was Jenny who couldn't stop smiling after he posed for photos with the West Norfolk swimmers.
After the excitement of the Open Water Championships, there was no rest for Jenny's mum Sue, or Sam's mum Cheryl, as both took their swimmers to the Alive Leisure Centre in Downham Market to join the rest of the club taking part in West Norfolk Swimming Club's team gala being held there that evening.
Author: Simon Rose