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Crystal Palace 5k parkrun

Adam ran his first Crystal Palace 5k parkrun on Saturday 28 August, finishing in 39th place out of 52 runners.

Pos Time Name
39 27:51 Adam Efrat

Adam and Bruce at the Crystal Palace parkrun - 28 August 2010

Results - Saturday 14 August

Greta at Clash of the TritonsCongratulations to James Allan for winning this week's Crystal Palace 5k parkrun in a time of 19:12, finishing ahead of 31 other runners.

At the Clash of the Tritons Greta Sharp won her age group and came 6th overall in a time of 13:16. The junior aquathlon was a 250m swim and a 2k run. Photograph ©StuWeb.

Summer training camp - SwimmingSummer training camp

By Mali Jenkins

At first I was excited but at the same time didn't know that it was going to be so much fun.  I had never been to Alleyns School and didn't know that the school was going to be so big.  The funniest part was when I saw myself swimming on the video.  I looked funny and I laughed when some people waved and put their thumbs up on film.

Summer training camp - VelodromeI liked the velodrome.  I found my first day ever at the velodrome tough.  As I looked up towards the top of the bank I thought to myself "how am I going to get to at least somewhere close to the top?" On the second day at the velodrome I tried to push myself to near the top.  I went faster and faster until I got up to the blue line.

My favourite part in the running training was playing stuck on the mud.  It was really fun.

I really enjoyed summer triathlon camp and would love to do it again.


Jon reviewing swim techniqueBy James Allan

It was the first week of the summer holidays and I was really looking forward to the camp.  I wasn’t sure what to expect – obviously a bit of swimming, cycling and running – but what exactly?

When I arrived at Alleyn’s I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a big group of juniors across all age groups – I think there were 21 in all.

James at the velodromeWe started each day with some land exercises in the gym to warm up before our swimming session.  We then had an hour and a half in the pool where we did a lot of drills.  But the highlight was the underwater and overwater filming. Jon went through this with each of us individually and it was really helpful to see exactly what you are doing and where you need to make adjustments.  My open water/long distance technique has improved a lot as a result.

James and Alex working on their cycling techniqueLuckily, the rain held off and we were able to spend two afternoons at the velodrome.  This was brilliant for me as I am still getting used to the bike.  Dean adjusted my bike seat and this has had a knock on effect on the way that I pedal which has really helped my technique.  I also learnt a lot about drafting.  My experience at the velodrome is something that I have really benefited from and my confidence has come a long way as a result of this.

On the middle afternoon, my group (Joe, Alex, Josh) went up to Dulwich Woods with Sheila and Jon where we did some hill running. It was really hard! We were all quite competitive, in a friendly way, which helped spur us all on.

View photos of the 2010 summer campOver the three days all the sessions were really helpful to me.  In addition to the training it was really good to have an extended period of time to get to know the other juniors better and also to meet some of the adults involved with the club.  I think that we all worked really hard but we had a laugh too.  It was a great thing to do at the start of the holiday and set me up for what I need to work on over the summer, and as Jon would say, “ It don’t get much better than that!”

Finally, a big thank you to Jon, Sheila, Dean, Greg, Sally, Peter and all the other adults who made the camp possible.

Regional final standings

As already reported, we have three juniors, James, Greta and Alex who qualified in their age groups to represent London in the Inter Regional Championships. Congratulations also go to the following CPT juniors who achieved rankings in London, by competing in three races in the series.

Tristar1 girls - Elle Horsman 5th
Tristar3 girls - Greta Sharp 1st, Olivia Argent 5th

Tristar1 boys - Harry Horsman 2nd, Dominic King 5th
Tristar2 boys - Alex Yee 1st, Freddie Argent 7th
Tristar3 boys - Adam Efrat 5th
Youth boys - James Allan 3rd, Joe Kidson 4th, Andy Rogers 8th

Full listings can be found on the London Region website (look on the right hand side of the page).

The top three in each age group are invited to the regional awards presentation later in the year, so Harry, Alex, Greta and James will be going along.

Well done to everyone who competed in any of the London regional races.  This year 30 members of CPT competed in at least one race in the London series.  A fantastic achievement, the Club continues to go from strength to strength. 

Club aquathlon - 5 August

Congratulations to all the juniors who took part in the last 2010 Club Aquathlon at The Bridge on Thursday 5 August.

Swim Run Time Name
400m 3 laps    
4:51 5:11 10:02 James
200m 3 laps    
3:09 5:10 8:29 Alex
150m 2 laps    
3:52 5:18 9:10 Joseph
3:04 4:50 7:54 Luc
3:29 5:24 8:53 Maya
3:34 5:07 8:41 Elle

Crystal Palace parkrun

Greta took part in the Crystal Palace parkun for the first time on Saturday 7 August. She completed the 5k in 23:15, coming 17th overall and 2nd female. Well done!

Don't forget that the parkruns are free to enter, you just need to register in advance to ensure that you get an official finish time. Once registered you can turn up to any parkrun around the country without any need to register again.

Inter-Regional Championships

Fantastic news this week as three of our junior triathletes, Alex Yee (T2), Greta Sharp (T3) and James Allen (Youth), received confirmation that they have qualified for the London Regional Team for the Inter-Regional Championships this year. The event is on 19 September at Bryn Bach Park in South Wales. The London Region are fielding a 14 strong team and we wish them all good luck.

Club Aquathlon - Thursday 5 August

The last of the Club Aquathons, open to adult and junior members, is taking place this Thursday at The Bridge Leisure Centre, Kangley Bridge Road, Sydenham SE26. The Aquathlon replaces the usual Thursday night coached swim.
If you would like to take part please make sure you are at ready at pool side by 19:45 prompt.
We will start the junior race first, followed by adullts.
The adult race consists of a 400m swim and three laps of the field.  For Juniors, the distance will vary dependent on age.

New pool location for Friday swims

From Friday 3 September we will be moving our coached swim session from our current location at Dulwich Prep to the pool at Trinity School. The pool will be available to us from 19:30-21:30 and will provide a longer coached training session whilst keeping the preferred mix of adults and juniors.

Confirmation of the exact session times will be available later this month. In the meantime, please note the last session at Dulwich Prep will be held on Friday 27 August.

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Crystal Palace Triathlon