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Don't forget Carl's Santa Safari on Wednesday evening. Meet as usual in the top car park at Crystal Palace Park, fancy dress optional!
Thursday night at The Bridge will host the annual water polo match. There aren't many who know the rules but great fun is had by all, followed by curry at The Moon & Stars.
Friday will be the last swim session at Dulwich Prep until the new year. There are plans afoot for a post-race curry so do come along and join us. A table has been booked at Diya, Crown Point (not far from St Joseph's) at 9.15pm if you want to come along.
On Saturday we'll be heading for the Banstead Wood 5k Time Trial again, see details below.
We had a good turnout for Jon's running session. After some warm-up drills and sprints up the Palace steps in the Park we headed towards Dulwich Woods. We split into two groups and did three fast downhill runs with recovery jogs back to the starting point, avoiding the mud and dogs! We finished up with a handicap type run up College Road and back into the Park.
The run was followed by the last in the Body Sense seminars, a talk and practical demonstration from Bevan about injury prevention. It was a very useful session.
Apparently Mitch was the only person to turn up for the 08:30 ride on Sunday. A few of the faster riders must have decided to have a lie-in and joined the 09:30 ride instead.
Sadly we didn't have a full complement for this year's Holly Run with only Karen and Audrey heading for Reigate Priory. It was a lovely afternoon for a cross country run, the ground was fairly firm but there was some mud and a slippery downhill. Despite the conditions I managed to knock nearly four minutes off last year's time with Audrey just a minute behind me.
A few of us are planning to make a return trip to Banstead Wood on Saturday 22nd December to see if we can beat our own times, if not the course record! This is a free to enter event, it's very friendly, and takes place on a two lap course around Banstead Woods. You must register before you race and this can be done on their website at any time, you don't have to wait until the week you are going to race.
The BWTT will also be held on Christmas Day (9am) and New Year's Day (10am) and both Saturdays either side of the holidays.
If you are racing, don't forget to let me know so that I can look up results and make sure you get a mention on the website.
Numbers were low for Jon's cycle sessions on Saturday which was a shame as those who took part thought they were very useful sessions and learnt a lot. The early start, intermediate group had seven attendees plus Jon. The rain held off for most of the ride, which included the Cudham tester as part of the warm-up! Most made it on their bikes but a few had to walk the steepest part (25%) of the hill. We then practiced some group riding skills at Badger's Mount, before heading back to Elmers End so that Jon could coach the improvers group. Rebecca benefited from some one on one coaching for that session!
Dave ran the Banstead Wood 5k time trial, coming back from an ITB injury and avoiding the worst of the weather! The course record was broken and now stands at 16:03.
Peter braved the wind and rain to complete the Bedford Half Marathon with his best ever half marathon time.
The weather forecast for Sunday again put everyone off any activities! Richard was the only one to turn up for the 08:30 ride. He cycled around for an hour then came back to meet the three who had braved the 09:30 ride. Neil wanted to head for Penshurst but as the rain got heavier and the wind strong he decided to join the others on a shorter ride. We had several stops to wring out our gloves and to wipe the wet and mud from our glasses then headed for home and warm showers to relieve the pins and needles in our fingers and toes!
A few members were due to run the Mince Pie 10 on Sunday but obviously didn't fancy a soaking on the south coast and opted out!
Thanks very much to Brian Morris for the fantastic photographs from the Christmas party.
Awards were given to the winners of the Leagues at this year's Christmas party. You can see who finished where and how close some of the scores were in Nigel's final League results.
Details of Jon's bike training for the intermediate and improver groups are now available on the Cycling page.
Carl has put together the winter run schedule for December through to the end of March 2008. The new schedule starts with a track session on Wednesday 5th December. Don't forget to pay at the Lodge Reception and meet on trackside at 19.30.
Wondering what to buy that triathlete in your life for Christmas? Well, British Triathlon have the answer with their exclusive, limited edition, fantastic opportunities in the BTF shop!
Jon's track session wasn't very well attended, but the four who did worked hard, completing 5 x 1000m. Frances, in particular, was very pleased with her times and managed to stay within a couple of seconds for each 1k.
One CPT member took part in this week's Banstead Wood 5k Time Trial. This is a free to enter event, it's very friendly, and takes place on a two lap course around Banstead Woods. You can find out more and register on their website.
We had a good turnout at the SLH Pirie 10, a ten mile cross country race across Farthing Down in Coulsdon. Suse improved her time from last year because she was on time for the start so had an 'actual' finish time this year! There were PBs from Ruki (1:28), Karen (13:07) and Audrey (9:00). Unfortunately Carl and Scott didn't finish. Scott had to get a lift back to the clubhouse after twisting his ankle. It was very windy and extremely muddy, but it was worth it for the free tea and cakes back at the clubhouse!
Then it was on to the Christmas party and Awards celebration at Park Langley Tennis Club. John presented the awards for the Club Championships, the Novice awards and the Ridings Trophy, which went to Carl Plumpton for his run coaching. There were also awards for the winners of this year's Leagues, Suse, Cathy, Lauren and Jo. Gift tokens were presented to our four coaches, Jon, Phil, Chas and Carl and unexpectedly but gratefully received, to me, our webmaster for looking after the Club website. Jon then presented the coach's most improved award, which also went to me! He then gave his usual fun awards, including the Fray Bentos nutrition award to Dean, an inner tube to Glyn for getting a puncture on his turbo trainer and Bruce and I got child sized swimwear in recognition of our weight loss! The food was excellent and everyone danced the night away. Thanks go to Dawn, our social secretary, for organising such a successful evening. Brian was on hand to take some professional photos and these will be published soon.
I doubt many made it out for either the 8:30 or 9:30 rides especially as the weather was so miserable. Apologies if you did turn up not realising we had been out celebrating the night before, I hope you didn't ride alone or get too wet! (Apparently two brave members turned up for 9:30 ride but as the weather was so miserable they turned tail and went back home!)
Phil's looking for members to join him at the Forest of Dean Spring Classic on Sunday 4th May 2008. It's a challenging 85 mile route with 8000ft of climbs. See the Forest of Dean website for more details and on-line entry.