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The final weekend of the season was pretty busy with the last few races enjoying some late September sunshine.
The last Club Championship event was the Maidstone Duathlon, with the Club Champions being Jon Horsman and Suse Fairfax. Jon was 3rd overall, Carl was 1st vet (he also had the fastest second run leg), Ron was 1st super vet and Suse was 2nd female overall.
Cathy continued her good form with a 3rd female place at the Crawley Sprint Triathlon. There was a bit of an issue with the swim so instead of a 600m swim in the 50 metre pool it was a 400m scrap in the 25 metre pool. The cycle route wasn't very well marshalled with Cathy, Noel and Bruce all missing turnings through various underpasses and Cathy says 'the run to me resembled an off-road fell run – there wasn’t a flat bit on it!'.
Five CPTers completed the Brighton Marina Triathlon on a hot but very windy day. Richard Lewey was first home breaking 2 hours, Karen came in next and claimed 1st female vet, then came Dave Crockwell, Jo Clarke and the ever improving Audrey. Provisional results only are available on the Brighton Marina site but these haven't been adjusted with the wave times.
Full results will be posted as soon as they are available.
Congratulations to Stacey, Louise and Frances who all qualified at Bala for the 2008 World Triathlon Championships which will be held in Vancouver, Canada in June next year.
Congratulations to Louise who placed third female overall and first in her age group at the Spalding Sprint Triathlon on Sunday 9th September.
We now have confirmation that the 50m swimming pool at The National Sports Centre is closed until June 2008. The track has reopened. For future track sessions you will need to pay at The Lodge (entrance where the big accommodation tower is) and enter the track on the footbridge near the top entrance to the Sports Bar. Please call the Centre to check whether it's open before attending any of the scheduled CPT sessions - 020 8778 0131. The Saturday morning Body Sense Seminars will be rescheduled. Apologies for any inconvenience.
As the season comes to a close there still seems to be quite a bit of activity. Four of our females were at Bala for the last of the World Qualifiers for Vancouver next year.
Ron Yee was supposed to be taking part in the Lisbon Half Marathon but had to pull out because he picked up a knee and foot injury whilst playing Tarzan with his sons! He says "it was a long way to go for Sunday lunch. But the cakes were worth it!"
A few of us also took part in the Circuit of Kent cyclosportive, departing and finishing in Sevenoaks. Only 16 women completed the 140k, with Karen coming 3rd and Carole 5th. Carl Ferri finished 10th and Richard Lewey doesn't appear in the results!
Charles reports from the Brighton Triathlon on 9th September. "I finished my first Olympic in about three years but managed to get over 3 hours!! The sea was the roughest I've ever swum in - managed to get knocked over by a wave coming out of the swim and then had to get a referee to help me get my wetsuit off as the zip stuck! Bike then fairly flat but incredibly windy - 38kph going one way, about 20 going the other so by the time I got to the run I'd had more than enough!! Obviously though everyone else felt it as the winning male time was 2.14 and female 2.36 and they were all wearing their GB kit! Still, I finished!!" Charles is going to write a full report on this inaugural race.
Bernie really enjoyed the 13 mile cross country Stansted Slog. He reports "it was gorgeous but really hilly. Did 1:52 which with the heat and the hills was not bad, and had a brilliant joust with three club runners over the last two miles, which saw us run each other into the ground, with me in front at the tape. Had pre and post massages; what a revelation! Legs felt tired, but ready to go again on Monday night with loose jog, so fingers crossed for Dublin in October".
The following runs are popular with CPT members and it would be good to get a few out in Club colours again this year.
If you are entering any other runs and would like some CPT company, don't forget to let me know so that I can let other members know!
As the track was closed on 12th September, we have rescheduled the track session. This will now take place on Wednesday 19th September. Don't forget to pay at Reception and meet on trackside at 19.30. Carl has put together the Run schedule for September through to November.
I'm still catching up with the backlog of photos from 2007. Here are a few more:
Don't forget, if you've taken any photos at events, to let me have copies on CD so that I can add to our growing collection of photos.
Crystal Palace Triathletes had a good day at Sevenoaks Triathlon, taking home prizes for the 3rd fastest overall - Jon Horsman, 3rd fastest female overall - Suse Fairfax, 2nd male vet - Greg Lewis, a surprise 1st female vet - Karen Ayers (my first ever prize in a race!), and 1st team prize for Jon, Greg and Geoff Dillon.
We also had one competitor at the London Duathlon, while John P and Phil were refereeing.
Results also from a couple of cross country running events
Haydn has written a report from the ITU World Championships in Hamburg.
Congratulations to Ron Yee who won the Crystal Palace Canter on 4 September. Ron says this was despite a niggle in his right knee. He got slower and slower but still came in first (although the second lap was one minute slower than the first).
Photos taken at the Clash of the Tritons aquathlon on Saturday 18th August.
Well done to the four CPT members who went to Hamburg at the weekend for the World Championships.
Unfortunately Sarah didn't finish The Big Woody. She had to pull out at 92 miles on the bike. She had a niggling knee injury that was taped up but it exploded at mile 84 - the next 8 miles were in granny gear dawdling at 4mph the pain was so bad. Sarah's not going to be beaten she's going to go back again next year after she's done Roth!
We had perfect weather for the Southwater Relays this year which saw the return of some 'old' faces as well as a number of first timers. It was great to see Dean and Chas back out, especially in fancy dress. Our male vets team, Greg, Jon and Brian came second in their category and John, Leah and Fintan looked very fetching painted red! More images to follow soon of both the racing and the picnic that followed. Well done to Nigel for organising the teams and coming up with the tongue-twister team names.
Carole has written a report from the bank holiday Birmingham Triathlon.
Don't forget there's now a Friday night session at Dulwich Prep. This has been booked on a trial basis for one term, so use it or lose it! Tuesdays at St Joseph's are now back on after the summer holidays. Full details of all our swim sessions can be found on the Swimming page.
Congratulations to Stacey for completing this gruelling 1200km challenge. After four days of pain, cold and wind Stacey and Brian finished with 30 minutes to spare. Although Stacey suffered she says 'I will never forgot the experience especially as the lead riders came back towards us, moving at such a pace in the dark and the sound of it all. Phenomenal'. It's not too late to sponsor Stacey who is raising funds for Practical Action.
Reminder re seminars taking place at 10.30 on the following Saturdays - 15th September, 20th October and 17th November. Find out more.