Race reports from Harry and Matthew. Results appear below the reports..
By Harry Horsman
We arrived at the cycle circuit at half past nine and were soon signed in and ready to go. At ten too we were given our race briefing and were allowed in transition to set up our gear. Matthew Elle and I marched up to the start. Nine girls including Elle were racing in Tristar 2 and two boys, Matthew and I! Either way we were going to get podium places and chocolate Easter eggs.
Tristar 2s were started 10 metres in front of the Tristar 1s who also did half a lap run then three laps on bike and finally one lap run to finish. Everyone was waiting for the hooter to sound the silence was tense and when it did sound there was a sense of competiveness in the air between me and Matthew as well as the T1s.
I started the run feeling good and managed to maintain my speed unlike the girl who started next to me! I entered the transition area just in first and had a great change over. I had a brilliant mount and I was soon of on the bike speeding along. Almost catching the pacer in fact in the time trial position! At the start of the third lap I started lapping competitors and was looking good. I dismounted safely and changed into my trainers.
By this time the sun was beating down and on the run I was sweating like hell. I could feel my legs getting tired and I wondered how long I could maintain the pace I was running. Running
down the hill I saw Tom Hall catching me up, this was a bit embarrassing as he was a T1. Luckily this spurred me on and I finished with a sprint even though there was no one to sprint against and I had already won! Matthew and Elle finished with sprinting against each other. If you’re wondering who finished first, it was Elle. But they had both raced a good race and had given it their all.
As the prizes were being presented the last competitor came in. Slowly the T1s were presented with their Easter eggs first the girls then the boys. T2s were then presented, but I knew that I had won. Matthew was as happy and so was I. I can inform you that the chocolate eggs were delicious! I really enjoyed the race and can’t wait for the next one.
By Matthew Brogan
This was my first competition of the year and the first in the T2 category. When my Mum woke me up this morning I said I had had a dreadful nights sleep worrying about my transitions! My Mum and Dad both told me to treat it as a training session and a learning experience and not to worry about where I come.
When we got to Hillingdon we met Jon, Harry and Elle. I was really pleased to see them. We cycled over to the transition area as a warm up and then did a further two laps on the bike and about half a lap run. The sun was shining but it was still a bit chilly whilst we were hanging around.
They combined the T1 and T2 race as there were not many in each class. So that meant that the race was T1 distance rather than T2. There were only two T2 boys and that was Harry and myself. When the race started, the T2s were in a group in front of the T1s. Harry had a really good start and sped off. Elle and I spent most of the race together, both of us were encouraging each other throughout the race.
My transitions were better than I thought they would be in terms of my mounting and dismounting. However, I got in a bit of a muddle when I changed into my running shoes after
transition 2! Jon said afterwards it didn't look good in front of the crowd - we laughed! As I started my run, I I remembered Saturday's training session about high knees and tried to keep them high. Elle and I stayed together on the run, though Elle was in front of me for most of it but after the last corner and in sight of the finishing line, I made a move and started to sprint, Elle looked at me and started to sprint too. It was fantastic that we both had enough left in us to sprint. Elle and I were neck and neck over the line, but Elle's foot was across the line before mine. As Elle said I broke away too early!
It was all good fun and I had a great morning - it was also good to be there with some friends.
Congratulations to Adam on a new PB and for coming 1st in his age group (JM14).
I've created a Junior parkrun slideshow, so if anyone else has photos of our juniors at parkruns, please send them through to me so that I can add them.
ESAA national schools cross country
Race report by Alex Yee
I was one of eight boys selected to run for London in the English schools cross country junior boys race which took place in Taunton on 17 March. I was selected with two other Kingsdale boys.
We left for Taunton early with the first race, the inter girls, starting at 12:30 and my race following at 1:00.
We entered our starting pens at just before one. There were more than 300 of us which made me nervous. I started at the front of our pen because I was the fastest qualifying London boy.
When our race began I was shocked by the pace but it soon evened out to a more steady pace. I ran my race from the middle of the standing, up to the top 50 and maintained my position until I was pushed over on a very muddy bend. I was able to quickly get up and rejoin the race. I finished in 38th place.
Also a big well done to the other Kingsdale boys, Paul Burgess who came 94th and Louis Keating who came 252nd
I realised that there are some outstanding athletes in this country, and I need to continue to work hard to improve for next season. The London coach suggested I run some more cross countries to improve my technique and confidence as a cross country runner.
trinews March 2012
Natalie, Joseph and Alex, appear in the March issue of trinews collecting trophies at the London Region Awards night, including the Club of the Year trophy on behalf of everyone at Crystal Palace Triathletes.
Following the success of the first annual Tri Together Triathlon in September 2011, we are delighted to announce the event will be taking place once again on Sunday 19 August.
New for 2012, is the launch of a Junior Triathlon race open to 13-16 year olds and consists of a 300m swim, 8km bike, 2.4km run. Youths will also have the option to take part in the main sprint race.
To get £2 off the registration fee – please enter TriT2 as the discount code on the front registration page
Hillingdon - Sunday 11 MarchA great session, with a good turnout, at Hillingdon today for both juniors and adults, in the sunshine with very little wind (for a change). View the photos:
parkrun - 10 March Congratulations to Alex Elms who set a new PB at the Bromley parkrun today in a time of 19:01, coming 23rd overall. The parkrun PB page has been updated.
Athlete of the Month - February - Alice HoolahanAlice has recently returned to regular training since a five month break due to illness. She has had to start back at a very easy level, aiming to complete 20 minutes of exercise and has showed a lot of maturity and discipline in building herself back to full fitness.
It's great to see Alice back training and with a smile on her face, she is one of the five remaining members who have been with CPT from day one.
Sainsbury & Tesco vouchersIt's that time again!!! Please start saving your vouchers now from either Sainsburys or Tesco.
They are a wonderful benefit to the Club. Over the last two years we have received heart rate monitors and two first aid kits which have been of use to both the juniors and the adults.
Please bring to any session and give to either Sara, Sheila or Karen Lord.
Frank Harmer 10k - 4 MarchCongratulations to Isaac for an amazing result at the Frank Harmer 10k on Sunday.
Cross country congratulationsMichael Eagling competed in all four of the Surrey Downs League Cross Country races for the 2011/12 season, winning the overall trophy for his age group in the event having taken 1st place in all four races.
The photo shows Michael approaching the finish line in race four on Saturday 4 March.
New membersWelcome to new members Sam Cotton and Tomas King.
Trinity TriathlonEntries open for this year's Trinity Triathlon on Friday 2 March. The event takes place on Sunday 8 July.
Hillingdon Triathletes Spring Sprint DuathlonHillingdon Triathletes Spring Sprint Duathlon on 25th March is open for entries. There are Adult and children’s races on the closed road circuit.
We have a Club training session on the Hillingdon circuit on Sunday 11 March, so great preparation for anyone wanting to take part in the duathlon.
New membersWelcome to new members Michael Humphreys and Alice and Eliza Prentice.