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Cricket legend takes on Swim Serpentine

How well can Lambs swim? We will find out on Saturday 24 September when former England cricket captain Allan Lamb takes on the inaugural Swim Serpentine.

The 61-year-old is one of the first celebrity names to sign up for the event which is the first mass participation one mile swim in the famous Hyde Park lake.

Lamb, who played more than 200 times for England in both Test and One-Day formats, admits to being a complete newcomer to open water swimming but can’t wait to try it out.

“I’m excited to be taking part in the first ever Swim Serpentine this autumn,” said Lamb. “I’m new to open water swimming so it’s going to be a challenge but I’m looking forward to getting involved and being able to say I’ve done it and conquered the mile!”

He may not have taken part in any open water swimming events before, but Lamb is no stranger to endurance events. After a cricket career spanning more than 20 years, Lamb has been very active since hanging up the bat.

He took part in the gruelling Cape Argus Cycle Tour in South Africa in 2014 and last year cycled the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, which, like Swim Serpentine, is organised by London Marathon Events.

Lamb, pictured above taking part in the ride, enjoyed it so much he is returning to take on the 100 again this year and hopes it will give him the endurance base to make Swim Serpentine a swim in the park!

“It’s great to be doing both events although I’m a lot more comfortable with the cycling,” Lamb said. “Swim Serpentine is going to be a completely new experience, however, and something that will take me out of my comfort zone.”

Lamb is not the only former international sportsman signed up for Swim Serpentine.

Olympic skier Graham Bell, who went to five Winter Olympics, is also looking forward to pulling on his wetsuit.

Bell, 50, has competed in numerous triathlon competitions and 24-hour mountain biking events since retiring from skiing. He also regularly rides the challenging Etape du Tour cycle race which features a stage of the Tour de France for amateurs. Swim Serpentine is his latest challenge.

There are now just 1500 places available for the mass-participation mile on Saturday 24 September. Entries are open until 17:00 on Friday 24 June or when 1,500 applications have been received, whichever is earliest.  Entry is £39.00 for UK and overseas swimmers.