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Time Out says

The traditional Christmas Day pastime of watching a bunch of hardy folk freeze their gonads off in this swimming race in Hyde Park is cancelled in 2020.

2020 has toppled yet another staple of the London Christmas season. The Peter Pan Cup race usually takes place each year on Christmas morning. Strictly a spectator event - unless you happen to be a regular, not to mention hardy, member of the Serpentine Swimming Club - the 100-yard swimming race in Hyde Park’s lido derives from 1904, when author and playwright Sir James Barrie presented the first 'Peter Pan' cup to the winner. 

This year the Serpentine Swimming Club Committee has decided to delay this year’s swim - a Christmas tradition that dates back to 1864 - in light of current Tier 3 restrictions. 

The club said it is working to get back to racing as soon as possible and will hold the Peter Pan Cup race as soon as it is safe to do so. They’ve also asked members not to try and swim on the day in any impromptu or planned 'races'.

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