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Well done to Steve Wells for breaking four hours at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday 20th.
Congratulations to Rob Parry on winning his age group, coming 4th overall, getting a PB and beating Jon Horsman at the Sevenoaks Sprint Triathlon on Sunday 20th. Jon and Sheryl also won their age groups and came away with a haul of prizes, including a Timex watch, Bloc cycling glasses, For Goodness Shakes and a trophy.
Rob and Jon raced head to head in a mass start for the quickest men and it was certainly a very close finish over a tough course. Gary and Bruce also got PBs and Sheryl, Karen and Kati all finished in the top 10 females. So a very good day out for CPT! Apart from Ruki, who punctured twice on the bike and, after snapping the valve on her second change, gave up and got a lift back to transition.
Results from the Brighton Marina Triathlon and the The Big Ben Nevis Triathlon will be posted when I get back from holiday!
Results were a bit slow to come in for the Circuit of Kent cyclosportive on Sunday 13 September but, from my point of view, worth waiting for as I was the fastest female on the day for the 140k, following in Suse's footsteps last year.
There was rather a long queue for registration but as it's a rolling start between 9am and 9.30am there was no hurry. Both the 80k and 140k rides start at the same time then divide en-route. Dawn had to drop out not far from the start as she was suffering with a bad cold and was having trouble breathing.
I managed to get in with a few faster groups and hold on for as long as I could, helping me around. Although I started to get cramp in my quads after about three hours of cycling. I decided not to stop at the feed stations as I really wanted to be quicker than my time in 2007, I was also worried with the cramp that I wouldn't be able to get back on my bike if I stopped.
Carters Hill is particularly cruel at the end of the ride and made more difficult by having to overtake those walking and avoid cars trying to get down the same narrow, windy hill.
Apparently I overtook Jim at the top of Carters Hill, just 100m from the finish line. He'd had to stop because he'd got cramp in his glutes and couldn't continue. If he'd been wearing Club kit I might have checked but didn't recognise him as I went passed!
Everyone agreed that both routes are seriously short, with cycle computers varying between 113k and 131k but non quite reaching 140k!
All riders were provided with a delicious lunch after the ride, soup, baguettes and apple pies. A tough but enjoyable ride.
Rob Parry came 17th in the Insurance Athletic Association 10k on 16 September. Rob was slightly slower than last year but is obviously saving himself for the head to head with Jon on Sunday at Sevenoaks!
Nell and Lauren did the Great North Swim at Windermere on Saturday 12 September. Lauren reports "It was a beautiful day, so perfect conditions for swimming. Nell knocked six minutes of the time she did at a mile swim at Weymouth earlier in the year, so she was really pleased. I’m counting mine as a PB because I’ve never swum a mile before, but it was faster than any 1500m I’ve done! I’d definitely recommend it as the organisation was superb, the Lake District is beautiful, and there were lots of swimming celebrities (although I was the only one to get really excited about that!)".
Fiona took part in the Clacton Off-Road Sprint Triathlon, her first sea swim.
Thank you to everyone who sent through their photos from Southwater on 6 September.
There are also a few photos from the BBQ which was kindly hosted by Brian and Lisa and coincided with Brian's birthday celebrations. Unfortunately we don't have any photos of Brian singing into his beer bottle later in the evening!
Geoff Dillon did the parkrun at Norman Park on Saturday and, after leading for most of the race, settled for 3rd in 18.39. He says "I'll be back!!".
Ben Leedham completed his first standard distance triathlon at Bala on Sunday. Ben says "the water wasn't actually that cold, I never noticed it at all. Plus the weather was perfect and setting beautiful. Definitely recommend it". Given his lack of training he was hoping to finish in 2:30, so was pretty chuffed with his time, but admits his transitions were bad!
Emma Ibell won her age group in her first ever race at the HSBC Triathlon at Dorney Lake. Congratulations!
Dave Crockwell reports from the Nottingham Half Marathon. The weather gods were with us for this one, a very sunny day, but still quite cool. 11,000 runners on the day split between the half and a full marathon. The runners village was set up in a park on the banks of the River Trent, which was more than large enough to accommodate the runners and supporters. The course was via many of Nottingham's tourist attractions, and was very picturesque. There were a couple of testing gradients and with such a large number of runners, space was at a premium. Support was good all the way around. The water stations were not very well signposted, and were short in length, which made them easy to miss, which I did at around six miles when I really could have done with a drink. Also, supporters were fenced off a long way from the runners at the end, so when 'sprinting' to the finish, only the sound of the drummers could be heard rather than cheers and encouragement. Obviously, a long way to travel for most CPTers, but I had a particular reason to make the journey as I had challenged my daughter's boyfriend to the race. I beat him by two minutes, so every mile of that motorway journey was worth it!
Brian also competed in the Nottingham Half Marathon and beat his younger brother by 25 minutes.
Results to follow from the Clacton Off-Road Triathlon and the Circuit of Kent Cyclosportive.
Welcome to new member Stuart Riddle. Stuart raced with us at Southwater on Sunday as a member of our second fastest team, Lock Stock and Barrel.
Welcome to new member Rodney Williams.
Haydn's making the most of his trip down under and competed in the ITU World Aquathlon Age Group Championship as a warm-up to the forthcoming triathlon in Australia's Gold Coast. The race comprised a 2.5k run, a 1k open water swim, finishing up with another 2.5k run.
We had a great turnout for the Southwater Sprint Relays on Sunday 6th. We had 15 teams, a few last minute changes and unfortunately one no-show, leaving Wheelers Wheelers with a wheel missing. Congratulations to Greg, Jim and Jon for placing third Male Vet team and to Suse, Lauren and Cathy for placing second Senior Female team. Mitch, Brian and Phil, The Three Mustgetbeers, also won a prize for the best team name and Ruki won a spot prize for the smoothest female legs!
Well done to those who completed their first triathlon at Southwater and to those competing there for the first time. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the event, appreciated the abuse and encouragement from other CPT team members and most stayed for a very sociable picnic afterwards. Peter claims to have gone the wrong way on the first roundabout!
Although not actually racing for a CPT team, Roy proudly wore his CPT kit and finished in a very impressive 50:48. Roy's team finished in 5th place in a time of 2:45:58, just one second ahead of Greg, Jim and Jon!
I hope I've got everyone in the right order, but if I've made any mistakes, please let me know so that I can adjust the results accordingly. Photos to follow soon.
Also results from the Bedford Multisport Weekender Sprint Triathlon on 30 August, where Louise qualified for the 2010 Europeans in Athlone. Tim says his bike was slower than it should have been because 'Jon and Phil took him apart at Herne Hill on Tuesday night!'
On Sunday 6th, Ron took part in the "Bang Goes the Theory" Pedal Power experiment in which he and 80 other cyclists successfully powered a house for a day using converted turbo trainers. Ron had to cycle for 10 hours against resistance with only a two hour break! In total they generated just over 10kWh (kilowatts per hour) which at a cost of 18.5p per kWh meant 80 cyclists earnt under £2 for 10 hours cycling. If we only knew how hard it is to produce energy we might think twice about wasting energy! The hour long special will be aired on BCC 1 in October.
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