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Fintan and Maria took part in the Harrow Hill Race on Sunday 21 February.
The race is six miles with the first, and steepest, ascent of the hill immediately after the start. The second ascent, after three miles, is easier as it approaches from a different route. Happily the rain, which had been torrential, stopped about 10 minutes before the start and started again just after the bulk of the runners had finished.
Carl has put together the Spring Wednesday night run schedule. The schedule runs from 3 March through to 26 May.
Dave made his 9th appearance at the Bromley parkun 5k as a warm-up for his half marathon on Sunday.
Conditions were awful for the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon in Brighton, where it was cold, wet and windy. Haydn ran at a relaxed pace and low heart rate (as per his training plan). He says it "Seemed strange not to go ballistic in a race and not finish up trashed at the end but no doubt that will come soon enough".
Geoff Dillon celebrated his birthday by winning the Swanley 10k cross country race. He says "It was a nice small event, around football fields and parkland; plenty of sludge and blustery, cold and damp". He had two guys breathing down his neck for the entire race, which kept him pushing on. There was a bit of confusion on the course, and Geoff thinks the course was a little short, but he's not complaining. he got a tasty trophy at the end!
Conditions were also pretty tough at Dorney Lake for the The Winter Duathlon Series. Mark reports "It was very wet and the start was delayed for half an hour so as to make sure we started in a downpour! As usual, once we got going, the weather was forgotten. A toughie for this stage of the season but a good winter warmer and 'sharpener'. As usual, I seemed to end up in a sprint finish which I seem to have have been judged to have lost although I have the honour of sharing the same time with my friend from the final 5K. 35 quid is a bit steep but traffic free, chip timing, and good for spectators as there were lots of laps. The only drawback is that no spectators want to get up in the rain at 6 am on a Sunday morning. How unreasonable!"
The club is now a registered participant in the Sainsbury's Active Kids Voucher scheme. You can collect Active Kids vouchers from Sainsbury's between 17 February and 8 June. You'll receive one voucher for every £10 spent at any main Sainsbury's store or £5 spent in Sainsbury's Locals. Vouchers can be collected at petrol stations too and when you shop for groceries online. Nectar points can also be converted into vouchers – visit nectar.com for details.
There is a huge catalogue of equipment and I know most schools will be actively collecting .... but if you do have any vouchers spare or without a home please do let us have them. Karen, Sheila, Sara and Sally will be happy to take them off your hands!
With 100 vouchers we can get a speed hurdle for training with 1000 we could have 10.
With 500 vouchers we can get a heart rate monitor with 5000 we could get 10 - great for a focused training session!
With 500 vouchers we can get a body ball with 2500 we could have 5 .....
With 1500 vouchers we can get a loud hailer!
with 3600 vouchers we can get a bike..... and another 375 for the helmet!
and much more.......
A few familiar faces were spotted at the increasingly popular TCR show at Sandown Park over the weekend. Everyone was given a numbered goody bag with the chance to win a prize, including £1000 to be spent at the show. Bruce managed to win a Gatorade drinks bottle and a bottle of Gatorade, but Keith was luckier, winning a pair of training shoes.
Haydn, Lauren and Roy all took part in the Evans Ride It TCR Show sportive, completing the middle distance of 48 miles on a cold, damp morning. Lauren says she's going to complain about the results from the TCR sportive… saying "I definitely beat my Dad to the finish!" David Drury started the Saucony 10k but unfortunately pulled out with an injury.
Keith, pictured covered in mud below, has a top tip for anyone planning on racing any of the Tuffman events in the future, elastic laces and sticky mud don't mix well. He says "I lost my shoes a few times, once just after the start running down hill, much to everyone's amusement!".
Welcome to new members Adam Double and Mario Nevrides. Adam is looking for knowledge and training to help complete Ironman Kentucky in August as he's never done a triathlon before. Mario will be racing for Clapham Chasers but is looking to improve his swimming by attending CPT swim sessions.
Please make a note in your diaries for the 2010 CPT Aquathon series at the Bridge.
Thursday 3rd June
Thursday 8th July
Thursday 5th August
NB: The aquathons will replace the coached swim on these dates. Reminders will be sent out nearer the time.
Full details of how the Club League will work and who's in which League will be circulated soon. To ensure you pick up maximum points get entering the following races which make up the League series:
05 Apr: Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon Race 1 (London League)
18 Apr: Dragon Slayer Duathlon (London League)
24 Apr: Ful-On Duathlon (London League)
09 May: Morden 6n6 Aquathlon (London League)
16 May: East Grinstead Triathlon (Club Sprint Championship)
03 Jun : Club Aquathlon
06 Jun: Weymouth (Club Middle Distance Championship)
27 Jun: Dartford Bridge Triathlon (Club Olympic Championship)
08 Jul: Club Aquathlon
18 Jul: Hillingdon Sprint Triathlon Race 3 (London League)
05 Aug: Club Aquathlon
14 Aug: Clash of Tritons Aquathlon (London League)
31 Oct: Jekyll & Hyde Park Duathlon (London League)
As you will see, a number of these events are also part of the London League. We need a team of five to score points, the team must include one female and one Vet to qualify.
We almost have a team for the Thames Turbo race on 5 April, so if you'd like to make up the team get your entry in ASAP.
Again, we almost have a team for the Dragon Slayer Duathlon on 18 April. Get your entry in if you'd like to make up the team, hopefully there's a willing CPT female.
Grant made the effort to get out of bed on Saturday morning to do the Bushy Park 5k parkrun with his brother in the freezing cold. He says he can’t believe the parkrun events are free and so well organised. He didn’t realise he was so close to going under 20 minutes for first time otherwise he would have picked the pace up! He was still pretty pleased as he was 40 seconds quicker over 5k than he's ever done before (and he beat his brother!). The quickest runner on the day was Richard Stannard in 16:18 (much slower than his PB of 15:34).
Ruki completed the Sidcup 10 on Sunday and says it's still the most boring race one can do! It's three llaps round boring streets. She says she was feeling OK until 8 miles then her mind had had enough!
Unfortunately the Sydenham Wheelers reliability trial on Sunday was cancelled due to the poor weather conditions.
Splits are now available for the Merrell TuffMan which took place on on Saturday 6 February. Rob says "Keith certainly showed his off his bike handling skills on what was a brutal bike leg".
Entries are already open for the popular Circuit of Kent Cyclosportive on 12 September.
If you go the Registration page you might see someone you recognise proudly sporting their CPT kit!
There are two routes to choose from 130kms or 80kms and both finish with the tough climb up Carters Hill. The event is organised by Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary Club and raises money for the Hospice in the Weald and Macmillan Cancer Support. The post event food is always excellent.
The Pilgrim Challenge, a multistage race along the North Downs Way from Farnham through to Merstham in Surrey, along the route used by Pilgrims to Canterbury, was advertised as tough, but Phil, John and Chris were to find out just how tough over the weekend of 6-7 February, with 33 miles to complete on each day.
Phil admits it was very hard, so ended up only doing day one, saying "I know when I’m beat". John continued into day two but failed to finish with nine miles left. He says he stopped because the poles he was walking with were rubbing his arms! Chris couldn't make day one so had fresh legs for day two! Phil has vowed to another go next year!
You can see how the CPT three got on and to put their times into perspective, the winning man did 4:44:17 on day one and 4:33:34 on day two. The fastest lady did 5:08:55 on day one and 5:23:33 on day two.
A range of CPT technical training wear, long and short sleeved, a hoody, gilet and cap is now available direct from Blade Printing. Full details on the Club kit page.
Welcome to new member Clare Milcoy, who is hoping to complete her first triathlon with the help and encouragement of CPT.
A brief race report from Ruki -
We were a smaller CPT contigent then usual (some lame excuses have been heard!). But a few of us ventured back there again - some for the 3rd time, plus a couple of first timers. Last year we had snow and ice. This year it was heavy mud plus quite a few exposed tree roots to leap over. And how could I have forgotten the two killer hills ??!! Still we all made it back in one piece and enjoyed the post race tea and cakes! Plus our times were up on last year.
And before the start, I bumped into an old BBC colleague who said it was her 1st 10K. I didn't like to say that she'd chosen a toughie.... I think she found that out for herself. Nevertheless she finished and said that she'd enjoyed it!
The fourth and final race in the Human Race off road series, Merrell TuffMan, took place in the Pippingford Park estate in East Sussex, in the heart of Ashdown Forest on Saturday 6 February. There were some problems with the timing system and there aren't any splits available yet.
An invite to Test ride a Victory TT bike from vo2 cycling
Crystal Palace South Terrace, after Carl’s fartleg next Weds 10th Feb, from 8.30pm
Jimmy George of VO2 has recently launched a new range of entry level carbon framed TT bikes – he’s arranged to come and let members test ride the Victory TT bike next Wednesday after Carl’s run. The Victory comes with a strong review in last month’s 220 magazine – and retails at £1550 – who knows we may be able to get a discount. Tim Thomas has arranged this – his last big triathlon purchase – yeah we’ve heard that before!
Hope this is of interest – VO2 will provide some clip on lights to help navigate the car park!
Jon organised a 1k time trial swim at The Bridge on Thursday 4 February. See how everyone got on.
Despite the icy conditions, several brave members faced the 110k Hell of the Ashdown sportif on Sunday 31 January. There were a number of accidents with competitors coming off their bikes on the slippery lanes. Unfortunately Katie Crowe didn't complete the ride after falling off, but thankfully she's OK, despite a few bruises. Others are still complaining about how long it took them to thaw out once they had, eventually, finished.
Photos: Sportivephoto Limited
Saturday's two hour training session will be at Richmond Park and will be for adults and juniors.
Meet at Pen Ponds car park (enter Roehampton Gate, turn left and follow road along to Robin Hood Gate, turn right at mini roundabout and follow road to Pen Ponds).
Time: 09:20 meet for a 09:30 start (please be there in good time)
Please bring: Cycle gear, run trainers, spare tube, drinks, snacks, warm clothing and CAKES!
Thanks to Sally for photos of winter training activities at Crystal Palace in January.
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They are backed by a very large insurance group and are obviously fully authorised by the FSA to ensure your peace of mind.
They are offering club members a 10% discount on policies simply by entering the code “partner10” when prompted on their quote page.
Log on to www.triathlonbikeinsurance.co.uk or call 0844 549 9192 to find out more about insuring your bike against damage, theft, accidents and third party liability.