Thousands of swimmers have taken to the water at Swim Serpentine in Hyde Park’s famous Serpentine Lake. HUUB are proud to be an official sponsor and supplier of one of the best open water swimming events in the world.
Now in its third year, a record-breaking 6,000 people of all ages and abilities entered this inspirational open water swimming event that includes half-mile, one-mile, two-mile and 'Super Six' swims. HUUB helped hundreds of competitors with their wetsuit hire service.
This year about 750 people are on track to take home a London Classics medal by finishing the two-mile swim to complete the iconic trio of challenges: the London Marathon, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Swim Serpentine.
Gail Emms, Olympic medallist and London Classics competitor, said: “When I retired from elite sport, I knew that I would have to find challenges not only to keep my fitness going but also allowing me to step outside my comfort zone, like I did when training for the Olympic Games. Being part of iconic events such as The Virgin Money London Marathon, Prudential RideLondon and Swim Serpentine has not only pushed me in my training but allowed me to see sport in another way through mass participation and the people around me. It’s been incredibly emotional, but I want to show my boys that they can be proud of their mum.”
This year, for the first time, Swim Serpentine included inspirational talks and film screenings in a brand new festival marquee. The free festival celebrates the inspirational characters and incredible adventures from the world of open water swimming.
Hugh Brasher, Swim Serpentine Event Director, said: "This is such a fantastic event and it gets bigger every year. We have had a record 6,000 entries this year, a thousand more than in 2017.
“Open water swimming in the heart of London is really inspiring. Being able to get up close to the incredible floating sculpture, the Mastaba, makes the event even more special.
“We are delighted to have added our festival marquee to this year’s event with films and speakers that celebrate the inspiring characters and incredible adventures from the world of open water swimming.
“Swim Serpentine really is one of the best open water swimming events in the world.”