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Photos from the fancy dress party are now ready for viewing!

15th anniversary party

and photos from the Marathon curry on 17th April too!

Marathon curry

Training session - Saturday 3 May

JonThis Saturday's training session, the last of the off-season Saturday morning sessions, from 08:00-09:30, will be coached by Jon H. This will be a fartlek run session. Cost £4 each, meet by the Sports Injury Clinic at Crystal Palace sports centre, ready to run at 8am.

Saturday morning training sessions will return in October when the race season is over.

New member

NellWelcome to new member Nell Clarke. Nell has already flown the CPT colours representing the Club at the Ful-On Duathlon. Laura is soon to be a new member!

London League - Your team needs you!

Time to wear that club kit with pride and race for your club. The London League is running again this year with all London tri clubs competing for this prestigious trophy. A CPT team must consist of at least five athletes including one female and one vet in at least three races in the series to score. All these events (bar our own on 21 September) are open to everyone to enter. The team will comprise the first five from our club over the line should we have more than five competing.

For our own race - the team of five plus reserve will be selected by our head coach (Jon H) nearer the end of the season based on your performance over sprint distance this summer. Everyone else will be marshalling and cheering!

We didn't have a team for the first event at Thames Turbo or for this weekend's Dragonslayer, so get your entries in asap for the next in the series. The Morden 6x6 still has places. Get racing - its what you spend those hours training for! Please let Cathy know if you are doing any of the following races -

The Triathlon London League 2008 will consist of the following 7 races (4 triathlons, 3 duathlons/aquathlons):

Race Date Event Organiser
3 11 May Morden 6n6 Aquathlon Kingfisher Triathletes
4 13 July Hillingdon Sprint Triathlon Hillingdon Triathletes
5 16 August Clash of the Tritons Aquathlon Greenwich Tritons Triathlon Club
6 21 September Crystal Palace Sprint Triathlon Crystal Palace Triathletes - All members required to marshal. Team to be selected by Jon H
7 26 October Jekyll & Hyde Park Duathlon Serpentine - This event has been chosen as our Club Championship duathlon race for 2008

Race result

Paul Delicata came 10th at the South Kent Duathlon on 27 April.

New member

Welcome to new member Stacey Myers.

Weekend round-up - 26/27 April

Seven members turned up for Jon's turbo/run session on Saturday on a beautiful sunny morning. The session started with some running drills, through ladders and over mini hurdles, to improve our running technique and especially lifting our feet and knees. Jon livened this up by giving us all Gladiator names. I can't remember them all, but Haydn was Ice Man (he can explain), Cathy was Grease (as she always has chain marks on her legs) and Andy was Wolf (apparently bearing a resemblance to the original Gladiator!). We then did a fairly long turbo warm up, followed by some harder reps with 1k runs at 10k pace on the track. The idea was to be 10 seconds quicker on each of the three runs. Fintan worked his out to perfection and achieved this goal! A tough but enjoyable session.

Matt was the only one to turn up for a long ride on Saturday morning but he enjoyed six hours in the sunshine.

There were 15 out for the 09.30 ride on Sunday morning. Glyn had overslept and missed the 8am ride so rode with us until Pilgrim's Way then went off to do some additional miles on his own. Audrey and a few others turned back just before Pilgrim's Way as they needed to be back for various social reasons! It remained dry, apart from a couple of very small spits of rain, for the whole ride. At West Wickham Bernie decided to extend his ride and headed back up Layhams. Berit, Jon, Malcolm, Bruce and I stopped for a cup of tea at Elmers End. For Bruce and I this was a mistake as we got soaked in the last mile going home!

Harry took part in the Hyde Park Triathlon on Sunday, which was ably marshalled by Frances and Dawn!

Swimathon 2008

BrianCongratulations to Brian for coming 75th overall, and 18th in his age group, in the Men's 5k 2008 Swimathon. You can see the full results in the attached PDF. Brian completed the swim in 1:20:13 with the fastest swimmer finishing in one hour exactly!

MalcolmUnfortunately Malcolm didn't get to finish his swim, through no fault of his own, but has still managed to collect his sponsorship money!


Training session - Saturday 26 April

JonThis Saturday's training session, two hours from 08:00-10:00, coached by Jon H will include some run drills, ladder steps all technique based, followed by a quality brick session with track running off the bike.

Meet at 08:00 on the track with your bike, turbo, drinks and trainers. Note that you won't be allowed to cycle on the track itself (so don't please!) but we can set up our turbos on the side of the track. The session will cost £4 and you need to pay track entry at the Lodge before joining the session.

Jon assures "it will be fun packed with the odd story thrown in to liven things up, the sun will be out, and the thought is "mouth watering", I know". So how can you miss this session?!

The club has three turbo trainers for loan at this session. Please contact Cathy in advance to reserve one.

Weekend round-up - 19/20 April

Jon's Saturday morning session was attended by five members and involved a turbo session and transition training. Dawn says she found the transition training very useful and might even try leaving her shoes on her bike for her next race!

The weather on Saturday didn't deter the hardy from cycling to Rye for the annual pilgrimage. Although, Greg, who was celebrating his birthday, decided to take things easy and to travel down by train! Some elected to get lifts or trains back on Sunday but for those who chose to ride back it was a lot warmer and the pace started off well. Unfortunately Phil's Marathon legs returned to haunt him! Hopefully there'll be some photos from the trip soon.

Malcolm decided to give the Swimathon a try before braving a CPT swim session. He booked a place at Beckenham pool and was told it was taking place on Sunday. Even though he queried this, when he turned up on Sunday it had already taken place on Saturday! Beckenham were very helpful and gave him a lane to do his swim, however after 18 lengths someone was ill in the pool and they had to close it on H&S grounds! He's hoping to be able to complete it during the week.

FrancesThere were a few brave members who faced the cold morning to take part in spring triathlons. A few members turned up at Sevenoaks, although a few who said they would be racing are missing from the results! Frances made her way down to Winchester for a very successful start to her season. Although it was cold and her transitions were slow, due to having to put additional layers on, and she was knocked over by another triathlete, she came away with the 1st prize in her age groups. Congratulations!

I don't know if anyone was out for the 8am or 9am rides on Sunday but there were nine of us out for the 9.30 ride. We headed to Box Hill and enjoyed a quick cake and tea stop, bumping into Emily, Anna and Dawn out on a long Ironman training ride.

Faith down under

Faith in SydneyFaith is settling in well down under. She has already taken part in the BRW corporate triathlon on 13 April, although she managed to find rather tall team mates! There were about 4,000 people from different companies (banks, law firms, insurance companies etc) - all in teams of three. Everyone raced together and got individual times. It was a 400m swim from Mrs Macquaries Point opposite the Opera House and the water was warm! The bike and run incorporated some of the Olympic tri course from the 2000 games and the run went through the botantical gardens. Although Faith thinks the distances were a bit short she doesn't mind as she beat the other two girls in her team!

Faith is now training for the Sydney half marathon in four weeks time and she's also entered the Sydney Marathon in September.

Neil Barnes and Faith are meeting up this week and Faith is going to try and persuade Neil to do a 10k race while he's in Sydney.

New members

NevilleRob BRob at FLMWelcome back to Neville Gowie and to new members Rob Parry and Rob Buckler. Rob Parry hasn't had a cycling accident, his head's bandaged as part of a costume to raise funds for Great Ormond Street hospital in the London Marathon on Sunday!

London Marathon report and weekend round-up

Congratulations to everyone from CPT who finished the London Marathon on Sunday.

Karen after finishing the FLM 2008Thank you to all the CPT supporters out on the course at various points. Your support really does help and a friendly voice in the crowd spurs you on. Thanks to Ewan on Creek Road, Audrey, Frances and some of my family at the Rogue Trader at 16 and 18 miles, Emily somewhere around 21 miles and Cathy (and Charlie snuggly wrapped in his buggy!), Paul, Greg and Suse on The Embankment. I also spotted my friends Colette and Phil but didn't manage to see Bruce, Matthew and Nicola. Malcolm spotted a few members on Birdcage Walk but unfortunately deleted the pictures he'd taken playing with his camera on the way home! If anyone else cheered me on, thanks very much.

Although I didn't achieve my ultimate goal of 3:59:59 or my second goal of 4:15, I managed 4:16:33 which was 40 minutes faster than I did in 2004 and I ran all the way (apart from enforced walks because of the crowds). Conditions weren't perfect, with a sunny dry start, very heavy rain at (for me) eight miles, which soaked me through to the skin, water logged my trainers and socks and completely chilled me. There was another heavy down pour on the Embankment but some friendly CPT faces and cheers spurred me on to the Finish.

Thanks to Phil for doing all my long runs with me and encouraging me in my training, sorry you were caught walking!

My story was also published on the Runner's World website.

Fintan and LeahFintan, Leah and JohnFintan has written a report of his Marathon experience. Fintan and Leah were spotted on the BBC Marathon highlights programme on BBC2 being interviewed about their outfits and running in memory of Seana. If you missed the programme you can catch up on YouTube. You can read more on Fintan's website. Fintan overtook John out on the course and stopped to take a photograph!

Phil Wright completed the Marathon as a 26.2 mile fartlek. He was filming the Masai Warriors and had to keep sprinting ahead to film them passing but ran all the way with them in what he describes as 'a mad, one off experience'.

Charles didn't make it to the Punch and Judy for a celebratory post-Marathon drink. He reports 'I had a terrible time of it in the last 8 miles or so. It became clear that I'd not done enough long training runs and although I was going great till about 16 miles I completely lost it around 19/20 and ended up with 3.57 which is slower than 10 years ago!' He says he's never felt so bad after a race nor had such physical discomfort, moving like a dalek and going up and down stairs on his bottom!

Results for this weekend from the National Duathlon Champs at Emberton Park and Ironman South Africa.

Greg and Malcolm turned up at Herne Hill for the track cycling session on Saturday. Unfortunately, as they didn't know each other and neither was wearing any CPT kit, they didn't meet up but both enjoyed the session and Greg will definitely be going again during the season. Malcolm reports 'I always wanted to try the track, so I joined in the induction and part of the training sessions. It was a little daunting at first, strange bike, fixed wheel, and steep banking, but after seeing kids going round, there were no excuses! After a few laps I became more confident and quite enjoyed it. It is good training for group cycling, they make you go on to the wheel in front, and there are no brakes.'

Neil has sent in the following report from Sunday's 7am (ish) ride. Four of us had arranged to ride today. The ride planned was a 6.5 hour ride and headed off towards Charlwood (nr Gatwick) via Croydon, Merstham, Reigate and then lots of pretty country lanes. Once at Charlwood, the route then headed off to Box Hill, where there was a quick flapjack stop.

44 miles so far, so about half way.

Then, as predicted the rain came down. But instead of it being a heavy shower as predicted, it rained continuously all the way back to virtually Elmer’s End. Very painful hail at times too.

So, close to Beckenham, at about the 60 mile / approx 4 hour mark, Brain and Alan decided that enough was enough and then there was two ... so we headed off up Layhams to extend the ride.

Sadly the rain continued for another good hour but thankfully it had stopped by the time we had reached Westerham and the sun was out. Then it was a quick shimmy through the town and then back down the Pilgrims Way (which was lovely in the sun) and off towards Polhill. Once at the top of the hill, the rain started again, not that it mattered much because both of us were still drenched through anyway.

Arrived back exactly on the 6 hour mark having covered 95 miles at an average of 16mph. Good fun but sopping wet, and the best shower in the world ever.

There are a couple of belated results from Paul Delicata. He took part in the Mid Kent 5 on Sunday 23rd March and the Assembly League 4.6k, Beckenham on Thursday 3rd April 2008.

London Marathon

Good luck to the CPT runners doing the London Marathon on Sunday 13 April. If you are coming along to support, look out for Karen Ayers (11471), Charles Batho, Fintan Culwin, Leah Culwin, David Drury (if he's recovered from his injury), Matt French, Chris Hall, Peter Mack, Phil Taylor and Stuart Westgate. Ewan has had to defer his place as he's broken a rib.

Audrey is going to be at the Rogue Trader pub, West Ferry Road, at the 16 mile mark. From this vantage point you also get to see the runners heading back from 18 - 19 miles. Audrey would welcome some company if you want to join her!

Traditionally, CPT supporters have met between the 24 and 25 mile mark near to Cleopatra's Needle on the Embankment.

Afterwards we will be meeting up at the Punch & Judy in the Covent Garden piazza. There are lots of sandwich bars and cafes so you can get something to eat as well as drink.

There's a useful map and travel information on the TFL website.

Hope to see you Sunday.

CPT in the news

Ron Yee's photograph appears on page 12 of the latest issue of TriNews. Ron was pictured helping out at the Corus Kids of Steel event at Crystal Palace last year.

Our carbon neutral race also gets a mention in the April issue of 220.

Victor Thompson will be on Radio 5 Live between 7-8am on Sunday 13th to talk about the mental challenges of the Marathon. So, if you are at a loose end, or want some last minute tips for the day, why not tune in? You can also read Victor's comments on marathon breakdown in yesterday's Guardian paper.

Track cycling - Saturday 12 April

There is no Saturday morning training session this week, but subject to the weather (which is looking iffy at the moment) track training at Herne Hill (020 7737 4647) is available. This is not a CPT session, but anyone can turn up, details below:
Adults £3 for one stage. Free bike hire.
Adults £6 for two or more stages. Free bike hire.

No membership fees apply & you do not have to be a member of a club to participate.

Experienced riders generally take part in both stages 3 & 4. However, ALL riders who have never attended Herne Hill training sessions MUST do the Stage 1 Induction before progressing to the other stages. For most experienced riders this should be an easy reminder of track etiquette, along with other aspects that can differ between tracks.

Stage 1 Induction 09:00 to 10:30 All abilities catered for as long as you can ride a bike! Please arrive by 8:45 to be ready to start at 9.00. Please note that once the induction session has commenced, it is not possible for latecomers to join in.
Stage 2 Novice & Youth 09:00 to 10:30 Gentle riding & races for the young & the less fit.
Stage 3 Skills Training 10:30 to 11:45 Bunch riding, skills training & taking part in training races.
Stage 4 Fitness Training 11:45 to 13:00 Training races & exercises to improve speed & fitness.

If you are planning to hire a bike at the track, it is worth bringing your own pedals, as the ones fitted are a bit basic. Bring your own helmet too.

What Do I Need to Do When I Arrive?
Come along on Saturday morning at around 8.45am and report to the registration table. A form will be given to you to complete so you can take part in the induction session.

Once the form is completed and you have signed on, you can collect a bike & crash helmet if you require them & you will then be asked to return to the track side and await instructions from the lead coach on how to ride safely around the track (this is a group session for all ages).

Once you have completed the induction, the coach will discuss with you whether they feel you are ready to ride the main stages 3 & 4 or whether further induction sessions are required before you move up.

I Already Own a Fixed Wheel Bike – Can I Ride That?
In most cases this is fine, Herne Hill has shallow banking compared to indoor tracks so crank length / bottom bracket height is not a big issue. However, if you ride your bike on the road normally, you will be required to remove any brakes as they are not allowed on track. Drop handlebars are also required as opposed to any cow-horn style bars that some people use on road-going fixed wheel bikes.

Hopefully see some of you there. If the track is wet there will be no training, but it does dry fairly quickly once the sun is out.

Map - Herne Hill velodrome

New members

MarkKeithWelcome to new members Keith Brewster and Mark Thomas.


Weekend round-up - 5/6 April

There was a very disappointing turnout, only three members, for Jon's turbo/run session on Saturday morning.

Junior track sessionThis was followed by a very successful launch of the Junior section, with 11 juniors of various ages, turning up for a track session coached by Jon and Phil. More details in the Junior section.

Neil reports that there were six at Elmers End for the 7am start with the intention of being out for about six hours, No real route was planned other than not to go miles away, just in case anything went really pear shaped. So it was navigation by Jim’s intuition....

The ride headed up Layhams and out via Lingfield and some hills not far from Penshurst, nipping along on the flats and the downhills and slogging up the hills to keep the 15mph average. At about the two hour mark Suse set off back, just as the rain had stopped, and the others headed off into Ashdown Forest, including some nice climbing, and very pretty it was too. Some stiff hills and pretty countryside later, not to mention some big houses, the forest was left behind and the route looped back via Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. More hills later, including the infamous Carters Hill of the Sevenoaks Sportive, we arrived back at Sevenoaks. Instead of the straight route back via Pole or Star Hill we looped again and went via Halstead and other places that would be familiar to those who did Hell of the Ashdown earlier this year. Close to Bromley we agreed no more hills and headed back, zipping along the A21.

80 miles in total at exactly 15mph average on Neil's computer. Good company and great fun but quite a hard ride in places. Not for the faint hearted!

I didn't think anyone would have ventured out in the snow on Sunday morning, opting for either a lie-in or a turbo session, but it seems Ewan decided to try cycling in the snow! He had a puncture on Westerham Hill which took ages to replace because his hands went numb from the cold; he literally had no sensation. After he'd replaced the inner tube, the new one's valve didin't work so he had to repair the original puncture, remove the tube he'd just put in and then re insert the original! He doesn't say, but I guess he gave up and returned home, frozen after all of those shenanigans!

Charles didn't make it to the Swindon Duathlon, although the race did go ahead with hardly any snow once the race got underway. Results for the White Oak Duathlon aren't available yet - find out why!

Saturday training sessions

JonJon has put together the Saturday morning training schedule for April and the first week of May. Further details will be sent out via the Club e-group prior to each session.

The Club has invested in some turbo trainers - these will be kept up at Crystal Palace next to where we do our training sessions and are available for use by any Club member during the Club sessions. So if you haven't come to a turbo session because you don't own a trainer or can't carry it there, this can no longer be your excuse!! Don't forget your bike tho!

5 April 08:30-10:00 Turbo / run
12 April 09:00 Track cycling at Herne Hill
19 April 08:00-10:00 Turbo / transitions
26 April 08:00-10:30 Turbo / track
3 May 08:00-09:30 Fartlek run

Local Club does Ironman

Our Ironman Austria competitors have got a mention in the local News Shopper thanks to our Club reporter, Dawn!

Wednesday night run schedule

CarlCarl has put together the spring run schedule for April and May 2008. It's track session on Wednesday 9th April so don't forget to pay at the Lodge Reception and meet on trackside at 19.30.

New member

Welcome to new member Lee Stevenson.


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