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2004 NEWS ARCHIVE

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Crystal Palace Triathlon
The Crystal Palace Triathlon will be held on Sunday 29th May 2005. Further details will be available soon on the Race page.

   

Running results
Results from the Nike 10k, GRIM and Mince Pie 10.

   

London Newsletters
Read the following from Tim Weeks our RDSO:
The British Triathlon London Region November Newsletter
Sport England London Region Newsletter

   

Win an Ironman wetsuit
Mike Griffiths from Team Deviant is well known for completing triathlons dressed as Batman! He does this to raise funds for Aspire. He has persuaded Ironman Wetsuits UK to donate an Ironman Stealth wetsuit for him to raffle. You can 'purchase' raffle tickets online by making a donation via Just Giving. The winner will receive a brand new wetsuit in their required size.

   

Cyclists needed for Oz world record
Record Breakers organisation are seeking adventurous cyclists to take on the cycling around the coast of Australia world record. The challenge is free in return for raising some funds for 'Antics' a charity which supports children affected by cancer.

For more details call Mark on 0870 224 2245 or visit www.recordbreakers.co.uk

   

Indoor bikeathon
Congratulations to Mike Nowicki who completed his 13 hour indoor bike challenge recently. He raised 1152.42 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and would like to thank everyone who sponsored him. He says "It was very painful especially the last hour!". He would particularly like to thank Peter Evans for supporting him during the last 2 hours. Well done Mike!

   

Club Time Trials
Times from the 500m time trial held on Thursday 11th November are now available. We plan to hold time trials on a more regular basis so that you can hopefully chart your progress! Times from the 400m time trial held in April are also available.

   

Ballbuster
Congratulations to Chris Reed for completing the Ballbuster on Saturday 13th November

   

UK National Triathlon and Duathlon League 2004
Well done to all those who took part. Unfortunately Worcester nudged us out of 8th place at the end - but we still finished in the top 10. View the table and individual CPT results.

   

CP Ted's Adventures in Dublin
CP TedRead about CP Ted's trip to Dublin with Robin, Bernie and John.

   

Recent and not so recent photos

   

Dulwich 10k photos
Official photos from the Dulwich 10k are now available. Thanks to photographer Irving Bartlett. Copies can be ordered from his website.

   

Running results
Results from Barns Green Half Marathon and the Wimbledon 10.

   

2004 Handicap Results
An exciting finale with a good performance from Karen making her the overall winner of the series, just beating John Petrides after his impressive start, and despite a late challenge from Dave Crockwell. A more detailed review of the series will be circulated at the AGM. Full results.

   

Dublin Marathon
Congratulations to the three Club members, Bernie, Robin and John, who finished the Dublin Marathon on Monday 25th October.

   

Recent and long-overdue results
Apologies for the delay in getting some of these results posted.

   

White Oak Duathlon
Claire was the only CPT member to turn up for the White Oak Duathlon on 10 October. Claire reports, this was a 'test race' with plans for an open race next year. It was great fun except for the first km of the run when I was left by probably the fastest runners in the south east but soon started to catch up and even enjoy it. The run distances are either short (and an unexpected route change on the second run confused me) or I am super speedy which was definitely not the case but can't complain! The bike route is the same as the triathlon one, and the run route was up and down the main road so no horrible hilly park. The race should go ahead as an official open one next year and for newbies and the unconfident ones among us there is a relay team option.

   

New Photos
  • June Club Aquathlon
  • HIMUK
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    13 hour spinathon
    Mike Nowicki is taking part in a 13 hour spinathon in aid of Marie Curie. It takes place on 2 November at Lambs Fitness Exchange in Moorgate, starting at 7am and finishing at 8pm. So if anyone fancies coming to support, please let Mike know. He'll be swimming every Thursday and will have sponsor forms with him.

       

    CP Ted
    CPT TedIntroducting CP Ted the new Club mascot. The Teddy was given to Bernie after HIMUK in August. He now has his very own tri-suit and is looking forward to supporting CPT members at future events. Please let me know if you would like CP Ted to support you at an event. Read about his adventures so far.

       

    Brighton Marina
    Results and photos from the Brighton Marina Triathlon on 26th September.

       

    Recent events
    Results from
  • Sevenoaks
  • West Wight
  • Clacton
  • South Coast

    Photographs are now available from Southwater and (better late than never) White Oak.

    Thanks to AntBliss.com for allowing us to reproduce photos on this site. If you would like to order prints of photos from Southwater please go to the AntBliss.com website.

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    Southwater Relays
    Another brilliant day out at the Southwater Relays on Sunday 5th September. We had 12 teams and the noisiest supporters! Results are available and photographs will follow soon. Many thanks to Neil for organising the teams and to A2Tri for a great event and beautfiful weather!

       

    Club polo shirts
    CPT polo shirtDean has taken delivery of some very smart CPT polo shirts. The polo shirts are black with CRYSTAL PALACE TRIATHLETES in red embroidery on the left. They are available in Medium, Large and Extra Large @ 15.00 each. Other sizes can be ordered. Please see Dean at The Bridge on Thursdays if you would like to buy one of the new polo shirts.

       

    Probikekit.com
    Great Deals On Cycle Clothing & Gear At Probikekit.Com Great deals on cycle clothing & gear. If you are ordering from Probikekit, then please enter their site via one of the affiliate links on this site.

       

    Great Liverpool Triathlon
    Read Tony's report about his race and his brother's Elite race in the Great Liverpool Triathlon. Results and photos are also available.

       

    Aberfeldy Half Ironman
    Read Tony's report from Aberfeldy and results.

       

    Bank Holiday ride to Brighton
    13 members (Phil, Glyn, Greg, Cathy, Mitch, Karen, Frances, Ruki, Robin, Bernie, Will, Nigel and Tony) turned up for the social ride to Brighton on Bank Holiday Monday. We stopped for breakfast in Lingfield and to catch up with those we had 'lost' following a puncture and a couple of wrong turns somewhere along the way! We made another stop in Ditchling village for tea and cakes before facing Ditchling Beacon. Then downhill into a very crowded Brighton for more food and drinks on the sea front, where we were joined by Mick and Mary. Phil, Karen, Robin and Bernie braved the stoney beach and had a dip in the sea. View photos.

       

    HIMUK - Sherborne - 22 August 2004
    Congratulations to everyone who finished HIMUK, especially to those competing for the first time. Seems Mark Wilson made an impression on the girls watching transition! Results are now available.

       

    Recent results
    Results from the following events are now available:
  • Concorde Sprint Triathlon,
  • Burnham Beeches Half Marathon
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    Swanage Classic Triathlon
    Read Karen's report from Swanage. Results are also available.

       

    Recent results
    Results from the following events are now available:
  • Grays Sprint Triathlon,
  • Club Aquathlon,
  • Reigate Priory Summer Evening 10K and photos,
  • Longest Day,
  • Milton Keynes
  • London Triathlon
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    2004 Club Handicap
    Well done to Jeremy for exceeding his anticipated time quite convincingly at his first Olympic race at the London Triathlon and winning the handicap. John however is still top. Come on folks - get entering those races - we can't have the Chairman winning! For details of the remaining handicap races and an updated points table go to the 2004 Handicap Series page.

       

    London Triathlon
    Luca finished his first (official) Sprint Triathlon in 01:23:19 (to be precise) reaching position n.213/1075. He reports the swim went better than planned (12:27), as the bike was undulating he didn't push too hard (around 42 minutes), it was pretty tough on the run (very hot) but he made it to the end in around 23 minutes. Above all, he raised over 1k for Cancer Research.

    Luca's highlight of the race: 'never trust the water stations as I grabbed the bottle and showered myself only to realise that it was a lemon flavour energy drink. So I ran smelling of lemon and sticking like glue, and you know what there were no showers after the race!!!!!! How good is that?

       

    Ironman Austria
    Read John Petride's report from Ironman Austria on 4th July 2004.

       

    Bexley Cycling Club Time Trial
    Stuart recommends the Bexley Cycling Club Time Trials. It's a 10 mile course from Brands Hatch, heading out to Wrotham Hill, loop around the A20 roundabout then back again past Brands Hatch and down into Eynsford. Few hilly bits on the first half then a very fast run down to the finish. The organisers are very friendly and encouraging. There are a mix of abilities and a good, fun, friendly atmosphere.

       

    Amida 10k
    Congratulations to Frances Greenall for winning a bottle of champagne in the Amida 10k held on 18th July. Frances won the female vet category in a time of 60 minutes. Peter Evans also competed and finished in 42 minutes.

       

    UK National Tri League
    Good luck to those representing CPT on the UK National Tri League. Check the website to see how our team are doing and which races are covered.

       

    White Oak Triathlon
    Congratulations to Louise and Jim who came second in their age group categories at White Oak on Sunday. We had a good turnout, as usual, with 19 members racing. There were some PBs, despite a fairly strong wind on the bike section. The rain held off for us to have a chilly picnic and enjoy some post-race refreshments. Results are now available.

       

    Ironbridge Challenge
    Read about Sarah Dodsworth's Ironbridge Challenge. Good luck Sarah!

       

    Ironman Austria
    Photos of our Ironman heroes are now available for viewing.

       

    Nantwich Triathlon
    Nantwich Sprint Triathlon results. Duncan reports that if anyone is in the area, this is a really nice race; 750m swim in an outdoor brine swimming pool, after a long trasition, the ride is flatish, and goes through Cheshire fields along country lanes, followed by 4 laps round the park. Doing 4 laps is definately harder than doing 3 larger laps, but it does mean you get more cheers!

       

    Club Aquathlon
    Congratulations to Sarah Dodsworth for winning the handicapped Club Aquathlon on Thursday 8th July. Full results are Club Aquathlon.

       

    Worthing Triathlon
    See how our coach, Jon, got on at the Worthing Triathlon on 27th June. Results and photographs.

       

    Bournemouth International Triathlon
    Results from Bournemouth where six CPT members braved a pretty rough sea and a wet and windy bike course. Charles is very pleased with himself after knocking 22.5 minutes off his previous time for this event. Well done!

       

    Ironman Austria
    Congratulations to Phil, Glyn, Brian, Claire, Nigel and John who all finished Ironman Austria on 4th July in very respectable times and some much improved PBs. Well done, you have the respect of every club member!

       

    Eton Super Sprint Triathlon
    Results from the Eton Super Sprint Triathlon on Sunday 27th June.

       

    Photos
    Photographs are now available from
    - Mid-Sussex Sprint Triathlon - Thanks to AntBliss.com for allowing us to reproduce these images.
    - Tooting Bec Lido Aquathlon
    - Club Aquathlon
    - Race for Life

       

    Hillingdon Triathlon Series
    Results are now available for Race 3 in the Hillingdon series. Congratulations to Phil Taylor for coming 10th overall in the series.

       

    TSE Try a Tri
    Results from the TSE Try a Tri. Sarah managed to knock over 25 minutes off last year's time over the same distance and is deservedly feeling very pleased with herself! Well done, Sarah!

       

    Windsor Triathlon
    Another great CPT turnout at Windsor this year, even though it wasn't a Club Championship race. Results are now available and congratulations go to Frances Greenall for knocking over eight minutes off last year's sprint time. Thanks also to those who came along to support, especially Robin and Mitch.

       

    Recent results
    Results are now available for the following events Mid-Sussex Sprint Triathlon, Tooting Bec Lido Aquathlon and Weymouth Middle Distance Triathlon.

       

    Club Aquathlon
    The first club aquathlon of 2004 was held on Thursday 10th June at The Bridge (a 400m swim followed by three laps of the field). We had 20 men and 8 women competing. The men's race was won by Greg Lewis and the women's by Cathy Green. Congratulations to everyone who improved on last year's time, particularly Mary Plumpton who improved by an enormous 02:31. Full results.

       

    Race for Life
    Congratulations to Syreeta Stracey for winning the Race for Life 5k at Lloyd Park on Sunday 6th June.

       

    The Sussex Triathlon
    Results from The Sussex Triathlon are now available.

       

    Tooting Bec Lido
    A few of us have been meeting on Saturday mornings for a wetsuit swim and plan to do this on a regular basis while the pool is open to the public (May-September). We are going to meet between 8-8.30am if anyone would like to join us. This will be an uncoached session.

       

    More results
    Results from Hillingdon Triathlon Series Race 2, Thames Turbo - Sprint Triathlon, photos and race report

       

    Recent results
    Results from Stratford - Sprint Triathlon, Eton Super Sprint Triathlon, Tooting Bec Lido Aquathlon and Photos and Hillingdon Triathlon Series Race 1

       

       

    Results - 8th May 2004
    Results from Madeira - ITU World Age Group Championships, East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon and Try-a-Tri and Morden 6x6

       

    Tonbridge Sprint Triathlon - 3rd May 2004
    Results and photos from Tonbridge are now available. Thanks very much to Luca for some great action shots. Congratulations to Jim and Louise who were both runners up in the over 40s categories.

       

    Tonbridge Teams
    The team draw for Tonbridge took place last night. Neil's to blame for most of the cheesy team names, as very few creative ideas were forthcoming in the pub.The teams are (as out of the hat):
    • CPT Return of the Wendy: Robin; Greg; Bernie
    • CPT White on Time: Richard; John K; Lucy
    • CPT So Solid Crew: Dave T; Duncan; Phil C
    • CPT A&E: Frances; Carole J; Darren
    • CPT Mitch's Medalists: Mitch; Syreeta; Karen
    • CPT Chairman's Ladies: Claire; Carol H; John P
    • CPT Red Devils: Noel; Dave C; Dean
    • CPT-ED: Louise; Neil; Glyn
    • CPT's TPTC: Brian M; Nigel; Victor
    • CPT Evans Help Me: Andy E; Charles; Meg
    • CPT The Final Three: Brian T; Mark; Jim
    • CPT Too Good To Be Forgotten: Berit; Chas; Will

       

    World Triathlon Championships, Madeira
    Good luck to Derek Chitty who will be representing GB and Crystal Palace Triathletes at the World Triathlon Championships in Madeira on 8th May.

       

    CPT Marathon runners in the news
    Articles have been published in The News Shopper and Croydon Guardian. If anyone else spots articles in their local papers, please let me know. More photos added to our site.

       

    Club Aquathlons
    Unfortunately we had to cancel the Club Aquathlon, scheduled for Thursday 29th April, due to the weather and lack of daylight! We hope everyone enjoyed the impromptu 400m time trial and swim relays, especially the free style arms and breaststroke legs relay! We will reschedule the aquathlon when the weather improves. However, we have three others already scheduled in for the following dates, so get these in your diaries:
    • 10th June (pre Windsor)
    • 8th July (pre White Oaks)
    • 29th July (pre London)

       

    London Marathon
    Well done to all those who completed this year's London Marathon in appalling, wet and cold conditions. Results and initial photos are now available. Four of us completed for the first time, Jon Horsman, Robin Booth, Karen (never again) Ayers and Frances Greenall. Thanks to everyone from CPT who turned up to cheer us on and especially to Neil for handing out Cream Eggs in the pub. Will, I did spot you and your banner but you didn't see me!. Thanks also to Bernard for cooking a very enjoyable pasta supper. It was a great experience but one that I have no desire to repeat. I'm just looking forward to being able to walk down the stairs forwards again!!

       

    TVT Try-a-Tri
    Congratulations to Sarah Dodsworth and Meg Roper for completing the TVT Try-a-Tri this weekend. Results will be posted as soon as available.

       

    Dragonslayer
    Results from this year's Dragonsalyer are now available. Geoff Dillon reports - As if the hilly running course - part cycle circuit, part off-road - wasn't enough, we had to contend with horrendous wind - no jokes please - on the cycle leg. Neil well and truly slayed me in the final run, during which all I could see in front of me were hot cups of tea and fruit cake. Highly recommended event, though; you get a Powerbar and long sleeved shirt in your race pack.

       

    Croydon 10k
    Results from the Croydon 10k are now available. This was a challenging course, with some very narrow paths, a couple of fairly steep hills and lots of twists and turns in residential roads. Although none of our runners achieved a PB the course record was beaten in a time of 29:25.

       

    Paris Marathon
    Meg Roper, one of our new members this year, did her first marathon in Paris on Sunday 4th April. Here's Meg's report of the race.

    The gods must have smiled on me from the starting line on the Champs d'Elysees to the finish in front of the Arc de Triomphe. As you know, it was my first marathon and I must have had the dream race. The weather was pleasant: a mixture of slightly overcast and sunny, not too hot and a gentle breeze.

    My goal was to run the race and feel comfortable enough to enjoy it. The time... I was realistically hoping for sub 5 hours and secretly longing for sub 4h 45m. The plan was to 11-min mile and hope for enough reserve to blitz the last mile at a 9.5-10m/M pace.

    I set off steady and passed the KM/M markers on target. At the Half Marathon mark I was bang on target, at 20M I felt stronger than I had done at Thanet. From there on in I was anticipating agony but the legs kept moving. There was mild panic at 35Km as the water station had run out of water but I carried on regardless. Between 36-40Km the stomach was protesting about the gels but my legs were just propelling me on. At mile 25 I speeded up and with 200 yards to go and the finish line I sprinted to cross the line in 4h 44min and 39sec. I was and still am elated: I am now a marathon runner!

    Hopefully I shall be a triathlete one day too...

       

    Paddock Wood photographs
    Photos, courtesy of Digimoments.com, from the Paddock Wood Half Marathon.

       

    CPT polo shirts
    We are looking at ordering CPT polo shirts, as modelled by Jim, in the near future and would like to know what interest there is for these items. They will be available in black with red writing and red with black writing at a cost of 15. Please let Frances know if you are interested in ordering one.

       

    2004 Club Aquathlons
    The following provisional dates have been set for this year's Club Aquathlons to be held at The Bridge:
  • Thursday 29th April (Tonbridge)
  • Thursday 10th June (Windsor)
  • Thursday 8th July (White Oak)
  • Thursday 29th July (London)
    These dates have been set to get you in race mood prior to some of the handicap races. Please put the dates in your diaries. Further information will be posted on the website nearer the time.
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    White Oak Sprint Triathlon
    Entry forms are now available for the White Oak triathlon on Sunday 11th July. You can download a form from the White Oak website or copies are available from the Race folder (see Neil on swim nights). This is one of the handicap races.

       

    Paddock Wood Half Marathon
    Results from Paddock Wood where CPT was well represented. Nigel provided the following report.

    It's a fairly flat course and most people seemed pleased with their times (calculated in conjunction with various excuses, of course, from migraine to achilles problems!). It's a good race that's well organised and well worth doing. None the less I decided to write this to bring to the club's attention the achievements of one person who wasn't too happy as they wanted to go a minute faster than they did....

    We don't hear too much on the race front of our club treasurer and perhaps we should mention her race this morning - Carol Evans finished today in a time of (forgive me if I get this slightly wrong) 1 hour 22 minutes !!!!! Or to put it another way, a minute behind Jon H.

    So I hope I haven't made you blush Carol but I think your time today deserves a bit of recognition ... I can but dream of having an off day like that but 1.50 (with excuses) will do me!

    Congratulations also go to Neil Atherton, Robin Booth, Frances Greenall and Charles Greenwood who all achieved PBs. I would also like to thank Claire for running with me to try to help me achieve a PB. Unfortunately I'm the one using the migraine excuse and will have to wait for another occasion to break two hours.

       

    Finchley 20
    Karen and John ran the Finchley 20 on 21st March. Results, photos and report.

       

    Racing results
    Recent racing results - Greenwich Meridian 10k, Hastings Half Marathon and the 16 mile Kingston Breakfast Run.

       

    Club training morning
    Where was everyone?!? Were you all doing events, out on the bike or just having a lie-in?!? Jon coached a very tough turbo session for eight of us. We worked really hard and the smell of burning rubber kept Jon at a distance! We did some one-legged drills and then 10 one minute intervals at 90% effort with just a minute rest between. Our heart rates certainly increased at the end of that set!! We then went out into the park for a running technique session and were joined by an additional two members. Jon found a nasty little hill, near the concert bowl, for us to practice pumping our arms to help us reach the top. Of course, Syreeta and Pete made it all look very easy!! We all found it very beneficial but headed in different directions when we were hit by a hail storm just before midday!

       

    London Marathon sponsorship
    Frances, John and Karen are collecting sponsorship for the London Marathon. If you would like to support them please see their sponsorship websites. Frances is raising money for BLISS, John for SOS and Karen for the XP Support Group.

       

    Sports massage
    Louise Alan-Smith LSSM (Dip) is offering a 10% discount to CPT Members on sports massage. Louise is based in East Dulwich. Please give her a call to make an appointment - 07985 044 585 or 020 8693 8990

       

    Frank Harmer Memorial 10k
    Several members raced on Saturday 29th February at the Frank Harmer Memorial 10k. See how they got on (Greg got a PB!).

       

    Belgrave Supernova Series
    Syreeta raced the 10k on Saturday 28th February. Please note the 15k race, planned for Saturday 27th March, has been cancelled due to the resurfacing work being carried out at Crystal Palace. Refunds will be given to anyone who has already entered.

       

    Sussex Beacon Half Marathon
    More photos from the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon. Thanks go to Bernard for providing these.

       

    Marathon training run
    Frances, Glyn, Karen and Robin took part in the Runner's World paced marathon training run at Richmond Park on Sunday 29th February. It was an early start, 08:00, on a very cold morning. The run was two laps of the Park with pace setters. The pacing was a little erratic, at least in the 10:30 minute group. I managed to average 10 minute miles for the complete run, finishing in 2:30. Glyn finished in 2:14 and Robin in 2:15 and Frances was very pleased with her 2:39. There was a nasty windy hill at the end of each lap but at least on the second lap you knew the end was in sight. After the run we went for a scenic drive round the Park before settling on the Sheen Gate exit and stopping for brunch at a coffee shop in East Sheen.

       

    Sussex Beacon Half Marathon and Winchester 10k
    Read Karen's report from the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon and see how Claire got on at the Winchester 10k on Sunday 22nd February.

       

    London to Birmingham Cycle
    Claire is thinking about doing the British Heart Foundation bike ride from London to Birmingham on Sunday 18th April if anyone would like to join her. It's 130 miles and costs 15 to enter (this fee includes free entry to The Bike Show - which runs from 16-18 April - on any day) with transport home an additional 20 including bike. Further details can be found on the Bike Show website.

       

    Additional swim session
    We now have the pool at St Joseph's College on Tuesday nights from 20:00 to 21:50. The first session (20:00-20:55) will focus on technique work, possibly with one lane left for swimming. The second session (20:55-21:50) will follow the usual format, with some technique, drills and swim. The costs will be 3.50 for either of the two sessions or 6.00 for both. Jon will coach both sessions. Please support these sessions and bear with Jon and the Committee while we work out how best to utilise these sessions for the benefit of all!

       

    Event photographs
    Photographs from GRIM, the Wokingham Half Marathon and the Valentine's 10k are now available. Thanks to Graham Russell Photography for allowing these to be reproduced on our website.

       

    CPT 2004 Club Handicap Series
    Neil has put together details for this year's handicap series.

       

    Sunday 15th February - Results
    Results from the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon and the Valentine's 10k at Chessington. Congratulations to Charles for knocking 3.5 minutes off his previous PB for 10k.

       

    Wokingham Half Marathon
    Jon, Mitch, Claire and Karen met up for the Wokingham Half Marathon. It was a bright but cold and windy morning. We had our pick of car parking spaces as Claire made sure we left in plenty of time! There weren't even any queues for the loos when we got to the race venue!! It was a very pleasant route on completely closed roads. Unfortunately the fast and flat description wasn't quite accurate. From 10-12 miles it was slightly uphill all the way. Then at the 12 mile mark we turned a corner for the last mile and ran straight into head-on wind that really had to be battled against to make any headway. Claire felt the after effects of cross country running on Saturday but Karen was very pleased with her run, knocking four minutes off her previous half marathon PB.

       

    Belgrave Supernova Series
    Syreeta raced the 5k on Saturday 31st.

       

    Triathlon report from Australia
    Ruki Sidhwa is currently travelling around the world and has sent the following race report from Queensland. She participated in a sprint race in the Queensland Triathlon Series, the same day as some of us were ploughing our way through muddy puddles at GRIM!!

    Got up at 4.30 am. Friend drove me to coast.. Pre race blurb had said 750m run / 20k bike / 5k run, but I thought this can't be - not for a triathlon and something told me to take my goggles. Good job I did, as when I went to enter, it was, of course, a sea swim!!! It was a lovely day with calm waters and flat three-loop cycle and one lap run all along esplanade or sea front! I was able to find a bike to borrow (care of friends of a friend at Dulwich Runners who lives two minutes from the old school mate I was staying with - small world or what!!). I didn't have cleats so did the cycle on cleat peddles just in trainers but was fine! Managed to not be last in wave for swim and overtook a few on cycle and run... Really recommend if anyone out here!

    Ruki's time - 1:23:59 (16:40; 45:18; 22:01). Placed 334 out 386 and some didn't finish...

       

    GRIM 2004
    Seven CPT members completed GRIM, an 8-mile off-road challenge on Sunday 18th January (Cathy, Duncan, Jim, John K, Karen, Mitch and Neil). The venue in Aldershot is used to test Army vehicles. Cathy reports: We had to climb up cliffs, swim across rivers, wrestle with crocodiles and dodge bullets from the army's target practice.... Oh and we all did four minute miles all the way round...

    The non-exagerated version was that it was a good fun event and all (except my sister!) enjoyed it very much and said we'd do it again - far more interesting and enjoyable than a road race or similar (eg Tadworth Ten...). We all got very wet and muddy but it was a sunny day so not too bad. Had to wade several times through thigh deep very cold water (apart from Karen who felt this wasn't enough of a challenge and threw herself in for a swim) and scramble under the nets but as long as you put your nose up against the bum of the person in front of you as they lifted it up then you could avoid crawling on the floor. I did think that putting ice in the drinks at the first drinking station was a tad unnecessary though! Everyone got round and all seemed pleased with times etc. More importantly we found a good pub afterwards and Jim promised to start up a database of good pubs close to all of our triathlon/running events.

    Hopefully we can get more people out next year.               Results

       

    Wednesday Club runs
    There will be no track sessions in February so we will be sticking to the roads with some fartlek. Track sessions will commence again in the lighter months.

       

    Tadworth Ten results
    Tadworth AC websiteThe first results for 2004, as usual, are from the Tadworth Ten held on Sunday 4th January.

    Photos. Thanks to Nigel for the additional photos.

       

    London Marathon 2004
    For the first time the Club applied for places in the London Marathon. All members who had been unsuccessful in the public ballot were put into the Club ballot. Jon Horsman pulled two names out of the hat and the successful runners are Karen Ayers and Peter Evans. Greg Lewis is on standby in case either drop out or change their minds.

       

    World Triathlon Championships - New Zealand - December 2003
    Report by Carole Jackson - Well after a year of thinking about it, planning it and training for it, we finally got to Queenstown. The town was full of triathletes and a lovely dose of flu and bronchitis quickly spread with quite a few triathletes succumbing and having to pull out before the race. This unfortunately included Derek, who after a trip to the hospital decided he wouldn't be racing - he did however provide support along the way which was much appreciated. So CPT down to two! The night before the race we had 12 hours of gale force winds and heavy rain, the next day the rain stopped the wind didn't. In a nutshell this was the most difficult race we had ever done, the water was fairly cold and choppy - I was in there so long my ankles got burnt and as some of you will remember from my outings at Brighton I don't really do rough water!!! Out of the swim and up a 180 yard steep bank (and I mean steep!) adding four minutes to the average transition, then on to the bike, hilly, windy and blistering sun (factor 30 did not prevent sunburn!). Still only the run to go, four laps, two hills per lap, no breeze, blistering sun, just another fun day out!- BUT we both finished, we weren't last and like most people recorded a time 20-30 minutes longer than expected. The GB team did really well, gaining eight medals, six for the women and two for the men and generally a good time was had by all.

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