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New member

Welcome to new member Laura Boyd.

Race result

PaulPaul has been busy! He raced at Thames Turbo on Monday and then did the Dorney Lake Evening Triathlon last night.


Training schedules

Jon has put together the training plan for the next six weeks: 26 August - 5 October 2008.

This incorporates Carl's Wednesday night Autumn run schedule. Runs from September through to end November are now listed on the Running page.

Please note the additional coached sessions that are being put on in the next six weeks. Further details to follow nearer the time:

Sunday 31 August
8am Club Ride
Faster group coached

Saturday 20 September
Coached Fartlek run
08.30-10:00 @ Crystal Palace

Saturday 4 October
Coached duathlon
Turbo /run session
08.30-10:00 @ Crystal Palace

Race results

Results from the bank holiday races at Thames Turbo the Ringmer Community Triathlon are now available.

Bank holiday social ride

There were 13 at Elmers End ready to set off for the annual social ride to Eastbourne, the sun was shining and Phil assured us he knew the way! Steve and Louise had to drop out before we even left the green as Steve had two broken spokes on his back wheel and his wheel wouldn't have survived the ride. They were very disappointed as they had a 'Tom-free' day with babysitters arranged, but hopefully they made the most of it even though they didn't make it to Eastbourne!

So then there were 11. We headed out towards Edenbridge, where Brian Morris joined the group, and Lingfield before making our way to the St Ives Tea Gardens just outside Hartfield. We were all ready for a tea stop, especially Kirsten and Audrey. Lunches were ordered and devoured, with a few, Phil, Lauren and Roy ordering cakes too! Brian headed back to Bromley while the rest of us continued, uphill, through the Ashdown Forest and on towards Eastbourne.

The weather had turned decidedly chilly and we had a few showers along the way. Those of us who had packed extra layers, arm warmers etc, certainly made good use of them! Phil was very disappointed when we missed his pub stop but continued without too much complaint!

We arrived on a very windy sea front later than planned but all, just about, in one piece. Roy, who hadn't even broken a sweat or changed out of his big ring, decided he'd earned a bag of donuts, followed by fish and chips! Bernie, Selwyn and Greg bravely went for a chilly dip in the sea. Jim and Georgina came over to say hello before going off to play air hockey on the pier. Bernie was met by Cilla and Kate so headed off with them. And then there was 10!

After a rest and some delicious fish and chips on the beach, Lauren, Roy, Kirsten and Selwyn decided to head back to the train station. Then there was only 6! Cathie, Audrey, Greg, Suse, Karen and Phil. As we were at the seaside we decided we had to have an ice cream before getting the train back to East Croydon.

Thanks to Phil for leading the way, and to the best of our knowledge, not getting us lost. Photos to follow soon.

CPT go mad in Eastbourne

Bedford - results update

Splits from the Club Championship Olympic distance race at Bedford are now available. Everyone now has splits except Suse!

Ironman Canada

MattCongratulations to Matt Lawrence for an amazing time at Ironman Canada. Matt knocked big chunks off his previous swim, bike and run times to achieve a PB of 10:49:10. Last year he completed in 11:36:32 and in 2006 in 12:19:13. He just keeps getting faster and faster. Well done Matt! The Ironman Roll of Honour has been updated.

Crystal Palace Triathlon full

This year's race is now full and there are currently over 70 names on the waiting list. Tri 24/7 have published an article about the race and our carbon neutral theme with a picture of Andrea in action at last year's race.

All members are needed for marshalling duties either on the Saturday, Sunday or both. Without your support there wouldn't be a race. Please let John know when you are available so that he can allocate duties. If you have family and friends who are willing to help, again please let John know.

Club Championships - Bedford - results

JonSuseCongratulations to Jon Horsman and Suse Fairfax on winning the Club Championship Olympic distance race at Bedford today. It was very wet out on the bike with quite a few accidents and punctures. Luckily no-one from CPT came off their bikes, although Suse won despite puncturing on the bike.

There was a close fight for second place with only 33 seconds between Victor and Jon Gidlow.

Unfortunately Rebecca punctured and didn't finish the race, even though Louise kindly stopped and lent her an inner tube. Thanks to Cathy and Greg for their cheering and support.

I think it would have been a really fast course if the weather had been better. The river was a bit weedy, there were a lot of roundabouts on the bike course, but very few hills! It was a good course for being down on the tri-bars, although there were a lot of puddles and debris on the cycle route because of the rain. The run was a flat (except for one pedestrian underpass and a bridge) three-lap course along the river banks. It was well organised and hopefully there will be more splits in the final version of the results! I'd certainly go back and do it again.

Club Championships - Bedford

This Sunday is the Club Championship 'Olympic' distance race at Bedford, so good luck to all members competing. Tri 24/7 have published an interesting article on the Bedford Classic in their 'How to succeed at' series. Fingers crossed for dry weather!

New member

SamWelcome to new member Sam Rigg.


Tuesday - Herne Hill Velodrome

The uncoached road bike sessions at the Velodrome will continue every Tuesday until the end of September. These have proved very popular and although there is no CPT coach in attendance, the juniors meet from 18:30-19:30 and anyone with a road bike is welcome to join in. Please note the velodrome will be closed if it's raining. Map of how to find the velodrome.

Club BBQ

Thanks again to Brian and Lisa for hosting this year's summer BBQ. Luckily the rain held off and the large tent erected in the garden, just in case, proved a very successful creche facility! There was a good turnout with lots of 'new' faces as well as the 'old' regulars. Thanks to Dawn for the photos.

CPT summer BBQ

Open water swimming

PaulPaul has been going down to Datchet Lake for the past four or five weeks and found the staff and place great so thought it was worth a mention... especially as the water is pretty warm! Swimming will continue there until the end of October.

Clash of the Tritons and The Big Woody

The 'friendly' competition between Karen, Audrey and Ruki continued at The Clash, with very close results again. Hopefully we also earned a few points in the London League too.

SarahSarah finished The Big Woody in 17 hr 50 (20 mins over cut off time) but will get an official finish time as the race conditions were very cold, wet and very windy. Some were pulled off with hypothermia and one lady was hospitalised with the same! There were floods galore with water ankle deep when Sarah returned to her tent after the race!

Bank Holiday social ride to the coast

In case it had escaped your notice, Monday 25th August is a Bank Holiday. For the past few years we've held a social ride to the coast and this year isn't going to be any different.

The ride will be slow aiming to get to the coast mid afternoon after a couple of tea/cake stops. The schedule for the day is as follows:

- Meet at 09:00 at Elmers End
- Destination Eastbourne
- At least two refreshment stops on route
- Fish and chips on the beach
- Swim in the sea
- Train home
- Some arrange to meet theri families in Eastbourne

See you all there, no excuses.

Club Champions

Scott RebeccaBelated congratulations go to Scott Wise and Rebecca Gibb for winning the novice championship race at White Oak on 6 July.

Congratulations also go to Jon Gidlow and Suse Fairfax for winning the Club aquathlon series. There were three races in the 2008 series and JonSuseyour two best times were added together for the overall result. Out of the series, the fastest 500m swim was achieved by Jon G (6:39) and the fastest 3 lap run by Greg Lewis (4:53). The full results for each race are on the results pages, or click on the month in the table below.

Here are the full results for those who competed in at least two races -

Pos   May June July Best of 2
1 Jon Gidlow 12:41 11:53   24:34
2 Greg Lewis 12:42   12:23 25:05
3 Brian Morris 13:14 12:34   25:48
4 Glyn Tully 14:52 14:15 13:58 28:13
5 Rob Parry   14:27 13:53 28:20
6 Noel Murphy 13:54 14:30   28:24
7 Mitch Cooke 14:49   14:15 29:04
8 Paul Delicata 15:10 14:22   29:32
9 Mike Summerfield 18:13   15:45 33:58
10 John Petrides 18:59 18:28 17:55 36:23
11 Bruce Ayers 18:26   18:12 36:38
1 Suse Fairfax 14:55 14:25   29:20
2 Cathie Greasley 14:57   14:35 29:32
3 Cathy Cooke 15:39 15:40 16:10 31:19
4 Karen Ayers 17:24 16:59 17:06 34:05
5 Audrey Livingston 18:51 18:21 17:08 35:29

You can see all Club Champions, past and present on the Club Champions pages.

Bike bag for hire

The Club currently has one bike bag that is available for members to borrow.

This is a fairly robust item with an integral frame and will be made available on a first come, first served basis at a rate of £10 per week. The Club will ask for a refundable deposit equivalent to the cost of the bags (about £150) which can be made by way of a cheque. Please email for availability and booking.

Hall of fame

Following on from Anna's moment of fame, photographed with Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy, Angelique has suggested we should have a CPT Hall of fame. So if you have photos of you with sporting heroes, even better if you are wearing Club kit, please send them through so we can get the ball rolling!

Belated July results

VictorCongratulations to Victor Thompson for winning the Bedford Multisport Festival Off-Road Triathlon on 26 July.

In the inaugural London Region Club Triathlon Relay Championships Crystal Palace came second overall. Well done to Rob Spurr (swim, run) and Jon Horsman (bike).

StaceyCongratulations also go to Stacey Eccles who was third lady overall at the Barton Marina Triathlon.

Forthcoming races

The following races are popular with Club members or have been suggested by members for a trial run in 2008 -

Sunday 31 August - Burgess Hill Rumble cyclosportive
Sunday 5 October - Dulwich 10k
Sunday 5 October - Ride of the Falling Leaves
Sunday 19 October - The Cabbage Patch Ten
Saturday 7 December - Mince Pie 10 Mile
Sunday 4 January 2009 - Tadworth 10
Sunday 15 February 2009 - Bookham 10k

Don't forget to let me know if you enter any of these, or other, races, so that I can add you to the race matrix and ensure that your results are published on the results pages.

New members

NeilSherylWelcome to new members Sheryl Clark and Neil Shewan.


August results

Lots of CPT finishers at the London Triathlon. If you don't appear on the results, let me know as I searched for anyone who was listed as CPT. Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Marcel who had a problem with his front wheel returning to transition on the bike. Unfortunately he broke both wrists but somehow managed to complete the sprint distance. He's now got one arm in plaster and the other in a splint.

Apparently it was quite windy out on the London bike route, as well as being very wet on the Saturday, but no where near as windy as Worthing! Much to the disgust of some of us, the standard distance triathlon was turned into a duathlon as there were gale force winds which meant the canoes couldn't go out to provide safety cover. The 1500m swim was turned into a 5k run along the windy seafront. You can see from the photos (for those of us with hair) how windy it was! Photos were taken by AntBliss.

CPT in action at Worthing


Congratulations to Stacey who completed the Norseman Extreme Triathlon.

August training

Sunday 17th August - Jon will be leading the 08:00 cycle group from Elmers End. There will be no charge for this session.

Tuesday - Dulwich Prep - from 5 August - 2 September

During the school holidays our Tuesday night swim will move to Dulwich Prep. These sessions will be coached by Jon (when he's not on holiday!)

1st session: 18:30 - 19:30
2nd session : 19:30 - 20:30

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