2009 News - November

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Weekend report - 28-29 November

Dave Crockwell made another trip to the Bromley 5k parkrun on Saturday 28 November.

On Sunday 29 November Keith took part in the Brass Monkey Mountain Bike Enduro in wet and windy conditions. While over in Mexico it was also windy, but hot and humid for the inaugural Ironman Cozumel. Andy, Phil and John all finished, although Andy and John, apparently, were both in a bad way. But by Monday morning they had recovered enough for John to enjoy two breakfasts and the last I heard they were heading for a cocktail bar! Hopefully more info to follow. The Ironman Roll of Honour has also been updated.

There were only seven out for the Sunday morning Club ride. It wasn't raining when we set off from Elmers End but we cycled through some heavy rain, flooded roads, under rainbows and through a hail storm!

Miles for Maddie

Matt undertook the most difficult challenge he has ever done at David Lloyd Epsom on Saturday 28 November, and one he says will never be repeated! He ran 60 miles on a treadmill to raise money and awareness for Miles for Maddie. He started at 05:30 and finished just after 18:00, after only taking very short comfort breaks.

He was joined by friends and family, including Audrey and I who ran the last 10 miles, while Matt jogged and walked to the end. Matt's friend Jim ran 50 of the 60 miles and Julie ran the last six miles, the furthest she has run in over 18 months!

Around 300 miles were run on the day with donations and pledges hopefully helping to reach their fundraising target, for the refurb and upkeep of the bereavement room in the maternity unit at Mayday Hospital.

Congratulations! Hope you enjoyed your day in bed on Sunday, you deserve it!  

Miles for Maddie

December pool closures

Dulwich Prep will be closed on Friday 4 December for an open-day so there will be no swim session.

These are the last swim dates before the Christmas holidays:

St Joseph's - Tuesday 15 December
The Bridge - Thursday 17 December
Dulwich Prep - Friday 18 December

We will return to these pools in 2010 on:

St Joseph's - Tuesday 12 January
The Bridge - Thursday 7 January
Dulwich Prep - Friday 8 January

New member

Welcome to new member Lynne Ruddick.

Weekend report - 21-22 November

There were just four of us for Jon's running session on Saturday morning. Unfortunately this meant there was no hiding and we all had to work extremely hard! We set off from Crystal Palace Park, run through Dulwich Woods down to Dulwich Park. We then did some drills and sprints before completing three paced laps, where we were supposed to get 10 seconds faster each lap. I failed miserably, getting 10 seconds slower but my perceived effort did increase! We then ran back up through Dulwich Woods and into the Park. Jim says his legs ached in the afternoon and I had to have a nap before going out on Saturday night! Hopefully we'll get a better attendance at the next session, to be advertised soon.

On Saturday Geoff and Dave raced the Bromley parkrun 5k again while Rob did the Merrell IceMan Duathlon, which incorporated a 10k run, an 18k off-road mountain bike and finished with a 5k run.

On Sunday a few CPT members ran in the Beckenham 10k Trail Race, including Dave! This was Emanuele's first ever 10k run and he really enjoyed the cross country aspect of it ... He was hoping to finish sub 50mins so was pleased with his time, despite the slippery course. Luckily the rain held off right until the end and Dave reports there was a lovely selection of free cakes afterwards for all runners!

Despite the gloomy weather forecast and promises of heavy showers, there was a pretty good turnout for the Sunday ride. We had enough riders to split into three groups. With six in the improved group, five in the intermediate and seven in the improvers. It was very windy but it stayed dry until we got to the cafe.

Discount at SE20 Cycles

SE20 Cycles logoWinnie at SE20 Cycles is offering Club members a discount on production of a valid membership card:
15% off all nutrition
10% off workshop and accessories
5% off bikes upto £999.99 and
7.5% off over £1001.

New members

Robert James Lisa Welcome to new members Robert Balzanella, Lisa Collins and James Ripley.


Saturday run session - 21 November

Jon will be leading a coached run session on Saturday 21 November. The session is open to all abilities but you should be able to run for at least one hour. It will be a mixed paced run, with some drills and a few hills, into Dulwich Wood and Dulwich Park.
It's exactly what your need after the AGM to get you motivated for your winter training. Excited? You should be!
Meet: CP top car park
Time: 09:00 - 10.30
Cost: £5

Weekend report - 14-15 November

Dave and Roger braved the weather on Saturday morning to run the inaugural Movember 10k in Greenwich Park. Luckily the rain stopped for the start and held off until everyone had finished. Dave paced his daughter around her first 10k so wasn't running at his usual speed!

There was a fairly good turnout for the Sunday ride and we decided to split into two groups with Jon H leading the faster group and Glyn taking the rest of us. Jon's group set off with seven riders and Glyn's group with eight. We were going to follow a similar route to last week but found Skid Hill Lane (at the top of Layham's) was taped off and blocked by a police car. We took a left turn and cycled towards Biggin Hill. Dawn got a puncture at the top of Westerham Hill. While she and Glyn were fixing it, Jon and Richard cycled by, not sure where the rest of the group was?! We then went along a very flooded Pilgrims Way, up Starhill and back to Elmers End where we stopped for hot tea and some breakfast. I've plotted the 47k route we took and this is now on the cycle routes page.

Pool-Mate swimming computer

The Pool-Mate is the only fully automatic lap and stroke counter for swimmers. It will work with all major strokes, all abilities of swimmer and all sizes of pool. Phil has purchased one and is quite impressed so if you want to know more, ask him or visit the Swimovate website. If you decide to purchase one, please use the link below to earn commission for the Club.


Druid Challenge

Only 94 finished the full three-day 82-mile Druid Ultra Challenge. CPT had four on the start line on day one with just two finishers of the full distance. Phil and John kept going, through mud, rain, mist and hills! Don't ask to see their toenails! The winner finished in 10:33:14. See how our members got on ... Results.

SLSC November newsletterSouth London Swimming Club newsletter

Mark and Tim Thomas get a mention in the SLSC's November newsletter, along with pictures showing them proudly sporting CPT kit!

View the full article.



Annual General Meeting

Don't forget this year's Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 19th November straight after the swim at The Bridge. Come along and make your vote count.

Brighton Marina photos

Thank you to Riaz for the photographs from the Brighton Marina Triathlon on Sunday 20 September.

CPT in action at Brighton Marina

Weekend report - 7-8 November

Congratulations to Niko for an outstanding result on his first attempt at Ballbuster on Saturday 7th.

Dave returned to form at the Bromley parkrun 5k and was joined by other members of CPT.

On Sunday 8th the CPT juniors were out in force at the Hillingdon Autumn Duathlon and did us proud! Have a look at their results on the Junior news page. Some of the parents also took the opportunity to race while supporting the juniors. See how they got on.

Stewart ran the Marathon Des Alpes-Maritimes, which starts in Nice and finishes in Cannes.

There were 12 members out for the Sunday rides this week. Six went with the improved group, led by Richard, and six went in an intermediate/improver group, led by Glyn. I've mapped the route that Glyn's group took, along Layhams Road, out to Cudham, through Downe and back to Elmers End, where we had a cafe stop.

There were also a few mad members taking part in the Druid Challenge, a three-day ultra event covering 25–29 miles each day. Day one was 29 miles and was much tougher than expected?! John set off at 10am, Phil and Chris at 11am and Pete at midday. Phil and Chris passed John at about 13.5 miles and he'd been jogging up to that point. Peter finished in just over 4:15, Phil and Chris in 5:40 and John, long after everyone else had finished their dinner, in 8:30. On Friday evening Phil admitted it was tough and that he couldn't imagine running again on Saturday! Pete dropped out because his knees were hurting. Chris could only do day one as he was off to New York, which just left Phil and John, both of whom are doing Ironman Cozumel in three weeks time! Phil managed the second run in 5:35 but John hadn't finished when I spoke to him. Phil sounded exhausted when he called to say he was on his way home and John did finish, but I don't know their times. Hopefully we'll get a full report soon.

CPT in the Druid Challenge


Photographs can be viewed on the Fotoevents website.

New member

Welcome to new member Zoe Bowman.

Sunday ride - 1 November

Rumour has it that only three people turned up for the ride on Sunday morning and two of those opted out, going to the cafe for breakfast instead! Sounds sensible to me! Hope everyone else enjoyed a lie-in.

December issue Cycling Plus

Dawn in Cycling PlusThe December edition of Cycling Plus is out and Dawn features on pages 36-45 proudly showing off Club kit!

Dawn recently volunteered to be a product tester for Cycling Plus and was called up to test ride the £1,000 Wilier Lavaredo, which she says was very nice to ride.

Details about Dawn were published but mention of CPT was edited out.

Apparently, one of the photographs from the article, featuring Dawn, has been chosen for the Cycling Plus 2010 calendar. Guess what Riaz is getting for Christmas!

Barns Green Half Marathon

CPT at Barns GreenThe weather wasn't too bad when we set off for Barns Green but gradually got worse with the windscreen wipers hardly able to keep up! We left a little later than planned and then got held up by the London to Brighton vintage car rally. Road closures were going to be in place and race instructions said no-one would be allowed into the village after 10:30. Luckily they let us in and we parked just after 10:40.

We had to do a quick change of trainers, put numbers on and jog across a field, in the pouring rain, just in time for the start at 11:00. We didn't see Mark or Ruki at the start but were joined by Gary who had followed us from the M23! Dame Vera Lynn set the runners off and away we went. The rain soon eased but it was very windy on the course.

Just after the first mile marker I spotted Bruce walking at the side of the road. He was having trouble with his calf and wasn't sure whether he'd be able to continue.

Almost two miles was off-road, so my lovely new white trainers were soon full of slushy brown mud! Bruce passed me at about four and a half miles and stayed just ahead until we went back through the village of Barns Green. He said both calves were hurting and he was really suffering.

Twigs and leaves were being blown off the trees and a very large branch crashed just in front of me, which was a bit scary! I slowed considerably in the second half, but I did run all the way, even if it was very slowly up the hills!

Ruki recommended the race, saying it was slightly undulating. I'll never believe her again. It was definitely hillier than undulating! With mile 9 to 11 being all uphill!

Bruce was at the finish to cheer me over the line. He'd pulled out just before the six mile marker and had hobbled back to the car to get changed and warm up. He limped off to get a massage while I went to get changed and find Ruki.

I got a bronze medal with a lovely shiny bronze ribbon! Although I didn't run very well today, I would recommend the course and have forgiven Ruki for lying about the hills! See our results.

Photographs were taken by Sussex Sport Photography and there's a report (with a photo of me) on their blog.


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