2009 News - June

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Midweek results

A couple of members raced at the Triathlete's World Mid-Week Triathlon at Dorney Lake on Wednesday evening.

The second in the series of Club Aquathlon's took place on Thursday evening at the Bridge. The last one will be held on Thursday 23 July.

No official results yet, but congratulations go to Mark Thomas who came third in the Brockwell Park Aquathlon on Thursday.

Turbo/run training session - 13 June

There will be a coached run/turbo session this Saturday 13 June, 09:00-10:30 under the Jubilee stand @ Crystal Palace. The session will include some run drills and technique too. Cost £5.

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In the Dorset Echo!

Additional training sessions

PhilPhil has organised a couple of new sessions, one focusing on run technique drills and the other session will be bike handling skills, from basic skills through to drafting skills for group riding.

Run skills session - will start with a dynamic warm up and then focus on run technique with some fun drills using hurdles and ladders, etc.
Duration: 30 minutes
When: 19:00 Wednesday evening as a pre-run warm up
Where: same place we meet for the Wednesday run.
For: anyone but will definitely benefit novices
Cost: free

Those attending can then do the Wednesday night run with Carl.

This will be very good for those who have been nervous about turning up for the Wednesday night run, so no more excuses!

The first session took place today, 10 June, with four runners and Phil. Those attending enjoyed the session and are looking forward to this being a regular session.

Bike skills training - This session will be aimed at building bike handling skills through fun drills. The aim will be to make all who attend more confident on their bike and prepare them for group riding and being able to tackle technical sections in races.

Duration: 60 minutes
When: 08:00 Saturday morning
Where: Top car park Crystal Palace where the Wednesday night run meets
For: Anyone who wants to improve bike handling skills but mainly focused on novice riders
Cost: £5.00

The session will be immediately before the junior session at the same location.
The Saturday session will start on 4 July after my Nice Ironman.

The juniors have been doing both sessions for the past year and all have improved significantly with some very good results at this year's races.

National Sprint Championships at Emberton Park

Good news from Mark Thomas who managed to secure a Bronze age group medal at the National Sprint Championships!

The forecast was terrible for Sunday 7 June but having forked out the entry fee and put in the hours I intrepidly headed off to a wet and windy Olney lake. My wave started at 7.15 and there was more than the usual start-line feeling of 'what the @$%£ am I doing this for?' as the mud squidged between my toes.

I was pleased to see quite a few empty bike racks in transition so the chances of a 'cheeky victory' were relatively good I calculated. The swim was the usual bun fight up to and around the first buoy. I then settled in with a group of average ability swimmers such as myself.

The bike was grim ...with driving rain and lots of punctures. I narrowly avoided a stray drinks bottle and came in off the bike about 7th or 8th I would think.

Then down to work on the 5k with cheers of encouragement from team Thomas (age 9 and 13 who for some reason wanted to come to see their old man suffering once more) I started to move up the field. One of the nice things about the age group scene is that most of us know each other quite well now so that even my
competitors were encouraging me as I passed them. I would like to think I would do the same!!

Mark at Emberton ParkIt was another shoulder to shoulder run for the last km and a sprint finish which I just pipped to take the Bronze medal. I wish I had a before-race photo as the contrast to finish line shot attached would be quite something to behold.

I think I need a lie down and a pint of Spitfire now.

Happy racing everyone
Mark Thomas

Weekend roundup - 6-7 June

The Blenheim Triathlon took place on Saturday.

First thing Sunday morning, with torrential rain, thunder and lightening it looked as though any outside activity in SE London was doomed but luckily it passed over in time for the 09:30 ride, although there were only three brave cyclists out and for the start of the Beckenham 10k, with the sun coming out for a good race.

I don't know what the weather was like for the various races around the country but know that Haydn suffered in the wet, cold conditions at the National Sprint Championships at Emberton Park and had to spend an hour in his car with the heater on full before he could face the drive home!

Congratulations to Jon Horsman for winning the Club Championship Middle Distance race at Weymouth. Jim was runner-up and was pleased not to be DQd this year! Sheila braved a sea swim for her first triathlon, completing the Weymouth Sprint distance.

Rob completed the 126 mile Highclere MagnifiCat sportive. He would recommend this one - "good organisation, abolutely stunning route, and also very good support (I broke a wheel, and although I had to wait an hour for them to turn up, there was full Mavic support who lent me a replacement wheel for the rest of the ride!)".

Club aquathlon - Thursday 11 June

Just to remind you that the club aquathlon open to adult and junior members is taking place this Thursday 11 June at The Bridge Leisure Centre, Kangley Bridge Road, Sydenham SE26.

It replaces the usual Thursday night coached swim.

If you would like to take part please make sure you are ready at pool side by 19:45 prompt.

We will start the junior race first, followed by adullts.

The adult race now consists of a 400m swim and three laps of the field.

The third and final aquathlon in the series will be held on Thursday 23 July.

IM specific talk/session on Saturday 20 June

The following session is open to all those interested in Ironman (either racing this year, first-timer, IM veteran or interested in it for future).

Jon H and Phil T will be putting on an IM specific talk/session on Saturday 20 June from 08:00 to 10:30 at Crystal Palace. The first hour will be a talk with questions and answer session covering all topics such as nutrition, kit, race strategy etc and then from 09:00 to 10:30 you will be out in the park on your bike practising taking bottles from mock drink station whilst riding etc.

All welcome to attend (and highly recommended if you're racing IM soon!), cost £6 each.

SLSC Aquathlon

A few CPT members took part in the first of the SLSC Aquathlons on Wednesday 3 June. Dave was particularly pleased to beat Charles for the first time!

The series continues on 17 June, 1 July and 15 July and entries are still available.

New members

Jessica GrantWelcome to new members Jessica Helyer, Grant Georgiades and Ben Beevers.


Wednesday night summer run schedule

Carl has put together the Wednesday night run schedule for June, July and August.


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