Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine set to welcome 6,000 swimmers
20 Sep 2019, 2:40 p.m.
A record number of swimmers – more than 6,000 – will head to London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 21 September for the 2019 Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine. Family and friends are encouraged to join them to watch the action and enjoy the free festival of activities on offer.
This year, more than 1,000 swimmers will be taking on the two-mile distance to complete the London Classics – the ultimate mass participation challenge, which requires people to run the London Marathon, ride the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and swim two miles at Swim Serpentine.
Olympic gold medallist Dani Rowe will be aiming to complete the second of this trio of challenges after she successfully completed the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive in August.
Alongside the swimming, the festival will once again be free to enter for participants, their friends and family and members of the public and will feature talks and short films that celebrate the inspiring characters and incredible adventures from the world of open water swimming.
Scottish swimmer Colleen Blair will share her experiences from over 30 years of open water swimming, beginning as a seven-year-old. At 19, she swam the length of Loch Ness and was the first person to swim 25 miles from the Isle of Lewis to mainland Scotland.
Urban swim club Swim Dem Crew will also be discussing how they founded the club in the summer of 2013 with the mission to get more people swimming and how they believe swimming is a tool to empower people.
Swim Dem Crew will be at the Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine festival
Open water swimmer, adventurer and environmentalist Lindsey Cole will be sharing entertaining stories from her 'Swimming With Strangers' adventure after spending six months travelling across the UK. Known as the Urban Mermaid, Lindsey swam the length of the River Thames as a mermaid to raise awareness about plastic pollution.
A selection of awe-inspiring short films will be shown featuring swimmers from all walks of life, while artist Nancy Farmer will exhibit a selection of art inspired by the open water.
Children with Cancer UK, Swim Serpentine’s new headline partner in 2019, will be hosting a superhero-themed children’s area with fun and games for all to enjoy and a relaxation zone where swimmers can recover with a steaming hot cuppa.
Spectators are invited to come down and cheer on swimmers from the grandstands in the event area. There will also be a public wheelchair viewing area adjacent to the grandstands.
Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine is the biggest single day open water swimming event in the country and is now in its fourth year. The 2019 programme includes waves for swimmers of all abilities, from half mile to two-mile swims, alongside the festival; it looks set to be a glorious weekend of open water swimming.