Swim Serpentine Festival Open Water Swimming – Hyde Park, London – 25 September 2016

The British Open Water Swimming Championships took place as part of the weekend event with a programme that included an elite invitation 5km swim around a 1 mile course set out around the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Winner of the men’s race was race number two Andreas Waschburger from Germany, whilst compatriot Isabelle Harle – wearing number thirty-four – took the women’s top place. Various categories of age and ability also competed, and was to include BBC TV’s Louise Minchin but she withdrew due to feeling unwell. Experienced tri-athlete Minchin still attended to give out the awards. Other attractions included synchronised swimming – something very difficult in the murky water.