Just before Christmas two Crystal Palace Triathlete teams took part in the Herne Hill Harriers Christmas Cracker Relay run, 3 x 2 miles at Tooting Bec Common. The teams were made up of the Brown and Horsman families. 'CPT 1' was Elle, Harry and Isaac and 'CPT 2' was Brigit, Mark and Sheila. Needless to say the 11 year old team beat the veterans by around two minutes overall, even after Mark's gallant effort on the last leg! Next time we will just go straight for the A and B team!
Winning team: 34:20
16 teams finished
9th Harry Horsman 12:59; Elle Horsman 15:11; Isaac Brown 12:12 (40:22)
13th Sheila Horsman 15:14; Brigit Brown 15:42; Mark Brown 11:32 (42:28)
109th 22:58 Tammy Falshaw (new PB)
Congratulations to the following who were presented with trophies and prizes at the awards presentation and Christmas party:
Performance U12 Male: Isaac Brown /
Performance U12 Female: Tammy Falshaw
Performance O12 Male: Alex Yee
Performance O12 Female: Natalie Falshaw
Coaches Awards: Adam Efrat and Harry Horsman
Endeavour Awards: Elle Horsman and Matthew Brogan
Rising Stars: Michael Eagling, Archie Dunnill and Joseph Yee
Parent Volunteer Award: Sheila Horsman
Their names have been added to the Club Champions page.
There was a surprise visit from
'Mark Cavendish' and 'Bradley
Wiggins' to celebrate the Cavs winning this year's Club Championships.
Mali was also belatedly awarded her 2nd place trophy from the Crystal Palace Triathlon in May.
Thank you to Sara and Kati for organising such a fun party, with bonfire, BBQ, chocolate bananas, a delicious snowman chocolate cake made by Adam's Nana, and fireworks from Chairman, John P.
Sheila put together a DVD of highlights from 2011 and some 'then and now' photos of juniors who have been with the Club since launch in 2008.
There was one very important trophy which somehow we managed to forget to present..big whoops!
Congratulations go to Jon Horsman who for the second year in a row was awarded Triathlon London Junior Coach of the Year. Not quite better late than never, but nevertheless, please accept our apologies Jon and here he is with his trophy.
View Brian's photos of the party, awards, bonfire and fireworks.
On 18 December 2011 at Beckenham Spa a new rising star of the triathlon world may have been discovered.
For the past three years, Lexie Webb has completed a sponsored event for a major charity who have helped a member of her family during the year;
Marie Curie – 2009 for her Aunty Maureen
School building in Mexico – 2010 for her uncle John
and this year she signed up to compete in the British Heart Foundation 2011 SPA Triathlon. Her grandma had recently been through a major heart operation and she wanted to say thank you to those who had helped her. Now Lexie had previously competed in a number or TriStar events for her age group (9-10) but this was slightly different in that it was a triathlon over the full Olympic distance (1500m Swim, 40Km Bike ride and 10Km Run).
“…I said to Daddy that I would be fine, though I was really a little nervous of the bike ride and run as I had never gone that far in either, but I was very determined.”
The event was run in reverse order with staggered starts so as to ensure there was no over crowding in the pool for the swim. So by the time Lexie started there were already many competitors running and a few had made it onto the bike section. After a nervous start she settled into a good rhythm and completed the run in 1hr 23 mins, a round of applause broke out by a slightly amazed group of onlookers.
The bike section was a bit more straight forward, though she did hit a bit of a wall at 20km.
“…the toughest thing was the boredom, 40km was a long way with not a great deal to look at but people kept cheering me on which helped, and I knew my favourite bit was still to come.”
However with a bit of encouragement she got through it and cycled the last 5km quicker than the first five.
1 hr 53 mins later and she was off to the pool. By this time the story of the little girl doing a triathlon had seemed to have got around the leisure centre and as she went to the pool many people were cheering her on.
This seemed to inspire her as she dived in and put in an amazing performance (the second fastest swim of all competitors 29mins 31 sec) to complete her first Olympic length triathlon and achieve her ambition of
“…beating a grown up”
If anyone would like to help Lexie raise money for the British Heart Foundation, which as she pointed out afterwards was what it was all about, they can donate via her website.
Just to remind everybody there will be a coached training session this Saturday at the Velodrome from 13:30-15:00. This replaces the usual Saturday morning session – we will have three coaches and plenty of action. There will be no escape even if it rains so do bring run kit as well as bike kit.
See you there – remember track mitts/gloves and helmet and no bottles on your bike.
We are hoping to keep these sessions going in the New Year so watch out for new dates.
Session fees will be £5 for adults and £3 for juniors or inclusive for those who have annual training membership.
Congratulations to Eva and Joseph who were awarded Athlete of the Month for November.
Jon presented the award to Eva for always working hard at training sessions, improving her swimming and competing at the Hillingdon Duathlon, where she was particularly impressive on the bike.
Jon presented Joseph with his award at the Velodrome on Saturday 3 December, saying:
"Joseph has had a great couple of months, with an improved attitude to training and has been working much harder, especially on his running".