The 100-yard lake sprint held in London's Hyde Park was introduced in 1864 - by 1904 the creator of Peter Pan, James Barrie, awarded the winner with a "Peter Pan Cup" which has carried on to the present.
He added: "It was disappointing as it's obviously a big event. We have races every Saturday morning but this is the one everybody wants to win."
The winner is awarded the Peter Pan Cup, which was introduced in 1904 by novelist James Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up.
Meanwhile on England's south coast, members of the Brighton Swimming Club took part in their annual Christmas dip in the English Channel, where the temperature was a refreshing 3.3 degrees Celsius.