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2003 News Archive 2003 News Archive

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2003 Awards Presentation
Photographs from the Awards Presentation at the Christmas party are now available. Sorry I didn't get everyone, my camera was playing up. Hopefully others will be able to fill in the missing links and I'll post as soon as I can.


CPT in the News
There was a write-up on Syreeta's success at the European Duathlon Championships in the News Shopper, 19 November 2003.


Ballbuster - 8th November 2003
See how CPT members and friends got on at this year's Ballbuster, which involved an 8 mile run, 24 mile bike followed by a second 8 mile run, up, down and around Boxhill! Congratulations to all those who finished and especially to Peter Evans who chose the Ballbuster as his first event!!!


Half Marathons - 26th October 2003
Glyn completed the Stroud Half Marathon in 1:41:38. Several members competed in the Barns Green Half Marathon, results are now available.


CPT training morning
The first of three CPT training mornings was held on 1st November at Crystal Palace. There were 17 members in attendance for the whole morning and two who joined us just for the swim. It was a pretty tough session. Jon put us through our paces for an hour and a half's coached swim, concentrating on technique rather than speed. We did a lot of work kicking, which was particularly hard for those who had forgotten their fins or didn't have any to bring!! This was followed by an hour's turbo session. Glyn and Noel were the only ones who opted for the Max HR Test, cycling to exhaustion!! The rest of us, with Syreeta time-keeping, chose to do some one-leg drills and then 6 x 6 minutes with some harder efforts to increase heart rate. There were a number of newer members attending their first CPT training day. They all 'enjoyed' themselves but next time will come better prepared with equipment, food and drinks!! Thanks to everyone who lent their turbo trainers for this session. The next training days will be in January and February 2004.


New photographs
Photographs have been added from the day trip to France in 2002 (better late than never!!), the long weekend in Scotland and Syreeta's silver medal.
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Windsor 2004
Entry forms for the Royal Windsor Triathlon 2004 on 13 June are available on the Human Race website.


2003 Oregon Scientific National Rankings
The National Triathlon and Duathlon rankings are now available on the BTA website.
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European Duathlon Championships
Congratulations to Syreeta for bringing home the silver medal for her age group in 2.34.23. Syreeta reports "I was a bit dissapointed at first as I was in the lead on the run and the first lap of the bike, but unfortunately I pulled my hamstring on the second lap and saw the girl in second zoom past me and there was nothing I could do until I sorted the pain out in my leg, but by then she had gained ten minutes on me. Oh well never mind, there is always next year. It was almost as cold as Switzerland as we were in a village surrounded by snow capped mountains, but this time I raced in a wooly hat, two pairs of gloves, a t-shirt under a long sleeved top and leggings, there was no way the cold was getting to me this time. Most people raced in the same things. After a drunken night out in an Italian wine bar with the rest of the team I started to appreciate my silver medal."


Springfield Duathlon
Debra and Carole made an early start, travelling to just outside Bath, for the Spingfield Duathlon on Sunday 26th. It was a long way to go for a short, undulating race with not many competitors! Carole came first in her age group (she modestly says this wasn't actually that hard as there were only three people in it!!). That doesn't matter, you've got to be in it to win it, so well done!! Carole's times were 26:12 34:03 28:19 for a total time of 1:28:34. Unfortunately there's no time for Debra as she didn't do the second run.
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Dublin Marathon
Congratulations to Bernard for completing this year's Dublin Marathon in 3:42. Hope you enjoyed the celebratory Guinness afterwards!!


Results index
An alphabetical index of all CPT race results has been added.
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Cabbage Patch 10
See how our runners got on at the Cabbage Patch 10 on Sunday 19th October.


Kingston Running Festival
See how Bernard got on in the Kingston 16 mile run on 12th October. Bernard says, "I did the 16 miles and felt good and strong. Really was a brilliant day and a superb course, running out of Kingston along the Thames to Hampton Court, and back round again." This was part of Bernard's training for the Dublin marathon on Monday 27th October. Good luck Bernard!
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Dulwich 10k
Results and photographs from the Dulwich 10k on 12th October.


Wimbledon 10
See how Jon and Mike got on at the Wimbledon 10 (miles not k) on Sunday 5th October.


Brighton Marina results
Brighton Marina results have been adjusted as those in the second wave had to deduct 4.27 minutes from their final times. This has been taken off the swim times but I still don't think this is quite accurate as I know my bike time was quicker than stated in the results. The final times should at least be closer to what we were all expecting!
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Southwater photos
More photos from Southwater, thanks to John Kennedy and Greg Lewis, are now available, including a great team photo.


Race Report from Perranporth
Read new member, David Blagden's, report from the Perranporth Surf Challenge Triathlon - you might be tempted next year!!
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Report from Bala
Carole Jackson reports "although Bala may have been a disappointing race for some of us - particularly me as it was so cold leading to cramp and nowhere to rack my bike after the cycle!! ahhhhhhhhh - and Syreeta who I also think suffered from the cold as well. The four of us managed to come 6th ladies team overall and Louise, Debra and myself were 3rd vets team. Although none of us qualified we should all get official reserve places as finishers at Bala so you never know." Congratulations to the four of you and fingers crossed you get your places for the Worlds in Madeira next year.


More results
Results from Clacton and Perranporth are now available.
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Race report
Read Frances' report from Clacton.


Congratulations to our four female members who competed at Bala this weekend. Results are also available from Sevenoaks.
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Brighton Marina
Photos from Brighton Marina, are now available. You can also read my race report.


Race photographs
Photos are now available from White Oak, Milton Keynes, HIMUK and Southwater. Happy viewing!
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HIMUK Race Report
Read Stuart's HIMUK race report.


Results from Southwater are now available. Congratulations to Claire, Anna and Wendy for coming third in the Senior Female category.
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HIMUK photos
Hopefully we'll have some photos of our own to post on the site soon, but in the meantime here's Victor, looking pensive, waiting for the swim start at HIMUK.


Race reports
Read Syreeta's report from the World Duathlon Championships in Affoltern in Switzerland and Alistair's report from Ironman Canada.

If anyone else would like to write reports of events they have participated in then please email through and I'll get them posted.


Well done
Congratulations to Syreeta for competing at the World Duathlon Championships in Affoltern in Switzerland. See how she got on. Well done to all those who finished HIMUK at Sherbourne. Results are now available.


Club Aquathlon photos
Photos from the July Club Aquathlon are now available
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Ironman Canada
Congratulations to Chris and Alastair on finishing Ironman Canada in such respectable times!


Bedford Classic
Geoff Dillon raced at Bedford and reported seeing another Crystal Palace Triathlete but I can't find anyone else listed in the results. Anyone willing to own up?!?!


Results from July/August
Apologies for the delay in getting results up on the site. The backlog is now available - Pembrokeshire, Waterlooville, Milton Keynes, London, Swanage and TVT Concorde. If I've missed any events then please let me know.
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Club Aquathlon - 17 July
The second Club Aquathlon was held at The Bridge on Thursday 17th July. The race was run as a Handicap, worked out by Dean (so if you have any queries or arguments speak to him!). 19 members competed, with five new competitors with scratch times. Congratulations go to Greg and Wendy for winning this event. We will be announcing another Aquathlon date soon so watch this space.


White Oak Triathlon
Congratulations to Louise Alan-Smith for her first place in the female vets category, Jim Lucas for second place in the male vets and Jim Lucas, Jon Horsman and Victor Thompson for winning the team prize. We had a fantastic turn-out on one of the hottest days of the year, 34 members (or almost members). Best wishes to Steve Casserley who was unable to race following an accident. Congratulations to Cathy for 'winning' a yellow cap. Club results are now available.
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Amida 10k
Congratulations to Mary Loftus for being the first lady home in the Amida 10k. Well done!


Ironman Austria
Congratulations to John Petrides for completing Ironman Austria in 16:13:52. Hope to see you at training again soon!!
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More results
See how Louise and Victor got on at the Belgacom Superprestige Triathlon and the results from the second Eton Super Sprint.


Club Aquathlon photos
Photos from Club Aquathlon now available
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Results - 21/22 June
Results from the Corporate Games triathlon and the Ongar Tri a Tri are now available. Congratulations to Sarah for completing her first triathlon!


Windsor - 15th June 2003
Results from both the Sprint and Olympic races at Windsor are now available.

We had 18 finishers in the Olympic race and four in the Sprint. Unfortunately Jim punctured on the bike and didn't finish. We now have two Clydesdale World Champions, Karen and John, who both won their age and weight categories. It was a lovely sunny day, there was virtually no current in the Thames (although it was dirtier than last year), the roads were busy on the cycle but fast and the run wasn't too bad, but Frances' wish that the hill round the Castle would collapse on Saturday night wasn't granted!! Congratulations to everyone for finishing, especially those racing Windsor for the first time. If anyone fishes a heart rate monitor out of the Thames it belongs to Karen!!

Photos are also available.

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Club Aquathlon - 12th June 2003
Results from the inaugural CPT Club Aquathlon are now available. What a fantastic turn-out for the first ever Club Aquathlon. It was wonderful to see so many entrants, with the majority wearing club kit. Well done to our winners Jim and Anna, especially as they didn't even know the event was happening and hadn't come prepared, and to Carl who ran three laps with no trainers! The two wave event was a great success with everyone cheering everyone on for this 'non-competitive', 'fun' event. Who was Chas trying to convince?!?!? Hopefully photos taken by Steve P will follow soon.


Tonbridge photos
Thanks to everyone who sent me photos of Tonbridge for the website. Particular thanks to Mitch for taking some great action shots which have now been added to the site. Unfortunately I've been unable to recognise some of you and have a 'mystery' section, so if you can identify yourself let me know and I'll update the captions!
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Weymouth Middle Distance
Two CPT members and one ex-member took part in the Weymouth Middle Distance triathlon (1930m swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run), James, Chris and Damien. See how they got on. Especially well done to James for finishing his first Middle Distance triathlon despite a puncture on the bike.


Shropshire Triathlon
Two CPT members took part in the Shropshire triathlon, Jim and Paul. See how close they were!
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Tooting Bec Lido Triathlon
Six CPT members took part in the Tooting Bec Lido triathlon (940m swim, 4 mile bike, 2 mile run), Bernard, Charles Dave C, Frances, Karen and Syreeta. Photos are on-line now and results are also available. Congratulations to Frances for such a brilliant swim and to Syreeta for breaking 20 minutes!


Hillingdon Triathlon Series
See how CPT members got on at the first two triatlons in the series.
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Myra Garrett 10K
Geoff Dillon says he would have had a better race if the remnants of his breakfast hadn't almost made an appearance when he was in sight of the finish (probably more detail than we require!!). But he managed to recover and will just have to make sure he gets up earlier in the morning in future!

The course is mainly on grass around the park and is quite nice, although a little gruelling at times. Geoff was given a shot glass at the end but was disappointed there was no scotch to put in it!.


Eton Super Sprint Triathlon
See how CPT members got on at Eton on Saturday 17th May.
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Swindon National Duathlon Championships
Congratulations to Syreeta Stracey who has just heard that she qualified in 4th place to represent Great Briton at the World Duathlon Championships in Switzerland in August. Syreeta says "It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I have never been so tired in my life. As usual it was my run that saved me, but my bike wasn't too bad considering I haven't done 40k on the bike." Well done Syreeta!!


Lanzarote Ironman
Congratulations to Phil and Steve for completing the Lanzarote Ironman. See how they got on and hopefully there will be a full report from Phil when he returns.
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Tonbridge Sprint Triathlon
See how the 28 CPT members got on at Tonbridge.


Events on Sunday 11th May
See how James and Geoff got on at East Grinstead and how Jon and Duncan did at the Morden 6X6


Tonbridge photos
Thanks to Greg and James for the photographs from Tonbridge. There will be lots more to come and hopefully the results will be available soon.
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BTA Insurance update
Read the affiliated club insurance update on the BTA website


Volcano Triathlon
See how Alastair got on at the Volcano Triathlon on Sunday 4th May.
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3 x 2.6 mile relay, Wednesday 7th May
Well done to Andy Evans (14'21) 1st male team, Carol Evans (15'39) 1st lady and 1st female team and to Phil's team, Phil (16'25), Chas (17'06) and Charles (17'??).


Dragonslayer results
Dean and Syreeta's times are now available for the Dragonslayer and Dragontamer back in April.
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Tonbridge - 5th May
We had a fantastic turn-out with 29 CPT members racing at Tonbridge on Monday. The new kit was much in evidence and looked very striking. Results will be posted on the site as soon as they are available.


London Marathon results
See how CPT members got on in the London Marathon. If I've missed anyone out, please let me know and I'll add your results to the list..


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Steyning Aquathon photo
Thank you Neil for the photograph of the CPT champions at Steyning.


Congratulations to ...
Syreeta for finishing second female, and fourth overall, in the Dragontamer on Sunday 6th April. Well done!!
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Paddock Wood
The results of the Paddock Wood half marathon are now available. See how the 11 CPT runners got on. Photos of all CPT members at Paddock Wood are now available.


Kingston Breakfast Run
See how CPT members got on at the Kingston Breakfast Run on Sunday 23rd March.

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Hastings Half Marathon
See how Claire and Bernard got on at the Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday 16th March.
Steyning Aquathlon
See how CPT members got on at the Steyning Aquathlon on Sunday 9th March. We got two firsts (Male Vet and Female Senior), one second (Female Senior) and a third (Male Senior). Congratulations to you all, especially Wendy as this was her first competitive event since school sports day!! Well done.

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Thanet 20
See how Alistair and Phil got on at the Thanet 20 on Sunday 2nd March.
2002 UK Triathlete Rankings
It's official, we all knew CPT was a top notch club, but now we can officially claim so! The BTA UK Olympic Distance Triathlete Rankings show that we have seven club members all ranked higher than Tim Don (Ranked 521). Congratulations go to Victor, Stuart, James. Mick, Bernard, Charles and John!

Races Ranking
Victor Thompson
Stuart Westgate
James Hanscomb
Mick Brazil
Bernard Finerty
Charles Greenwood
John Petrides
Jon Horsman
Jim Lucas
Andy Evans
Paul Bowyer
Phil Taylor
Mick Ward
Neil Atherton
Dean Thurlow
Chas Shoppee
Total Rankings

Louise Alan-Smith
Debra Lawson
Frances Greenall

Note: The Triathlete Rankings are based on BTA members' best four performances indexed against other competitors registered with the BTA at selected events. Obviously the more races you do the higher up the rankings you get - added incentive to get those race entries in!

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Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd February
The 20th Annual Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon had a record number of entries, with 997 runners finishing the testing 13.1 mile course. The race, organised by Tunbridge Wells Harriers, is well known as one of the most scenic half marathons. The fine drizzle on and off was much needed to help the runners keep cool, as temperatures had risen from the previous week's icy starts. The traditional route starts from outside St Gregory's School in Reynolds Lane, travelling through Southborough, Bidborough, Penshurst and Fordcombe back through Langton Green and St Johns to the finish at Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School.

Helen was the third lady home and Bernard, Greg and Glyn came a magnificent 20th in the men's team prize!

See how they got on.

Sidcup 10 - Sunday 16th February
Geoff Dillon competed and ran a PB of 01:01.51, finishing in 22nd place. The winner, out of approximately 250 runners, finished in 00:55:59.

The course is quite dull, being on main roads around the delightful Sidcup/Blackfen borders, but it is a very flat, straight course with only a couple of short inclines. This makes it a true test of the 10 mile distance. Geoff recommends this race and says it represents one of your best chances of getting a personal best. The event is organised by Kent AC

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Windsor 2002 photographs
This somehow escaped my notice last year, or has only recently been added, so here's your chance to spot a CPT triathlete in action and to demonstrate how wearing club kit helps identify you! Louise crossing Eton Bridge.
Club social run
Eight of us turned up for the annual club social run on Saturday 1st February. The run started at 09.40 in drizzly rain. We crossed snow covered fields, waded through icey streams and splashed through muddy puddles. Most of the run was off-road and there were a few steep hills, up and down, to negotiate in slippery conditions. Carl, Greg and Phil did a couple of slightly longer laps than the rest of us (Steve, Dave, Cathy, Karen and Nigel), so we had a chance to rest, get cold, chat and jog on the spot 'til we met up again. We finished back at the car park two hours later where we did a quick change, drank Nigel's coffee and ate Carl's tea cakes and chocolate fingers. Two hours cross country went much quicker than two hours road running and was much more fun. Hope to see an even bigger turn out next year!

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Tadworth Ten results
Tadworth AC websiteThe first results for 2003 are from the Tadworth Ten held on Sunday 5th January, another cold, foggy, but luckily dry, day. CPT was once again well represented with 11 runners completing the course, some for the first time (Paul, Greg, Claire, Dave and Ruki). We were supported by Mary, Neil, Nigel and Phil who used colds as their excuse for not participating. Others, like Steve and John, just didn't turn up, obviously too cowardly to be beaten by the rest of us!! Claire's legs were aching before she'd even started, after doing a cross country run on Saturday. She got round in a decent time but complained that no-one had warned her how hilly it was. I tried but she obviously didn't believe me! I was pleased to knock 6:30 minutes off my previous time but disappointed not to have the opportunity to get my revenge on Steve Palmer who beat me by 58 seconds last year! After the race we found our way to the Fox & Hounds for some very welcome refreshment and to thaw out in front of the log fire. A good start to the New Year.

Apologies to Geoff Dillon, a new CPT member, as I had listed his time under Paul's name in the results. Geoff was the fastest CPT member with Paul coming in second.

See club results and photo.

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Last updated: 11 November 2002
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