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Well done everyone who raced at Dartford Bridge on Sunday. The new scores have been added to the league - congratulatios to Jon Horsman and Suse Fairfax who got the highest possible score of 1 after winning their respective age/gender categories. Eight members have now completed three or more races to qualify for a league position although further racing may bring their average scores (best three) down further.
Latest top spots for each category:
Men open: no change with Keith Brewster, Rob Parry then Marcel Garrad in 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Men vets: no change with Jon Horsman first, then Mark Thomas in 2nd only just beating Greg Lewis into 3rd
Men S-vets: Rob Buckler and Chris Fitzgerald retain the two top spots but Tim Thomas now jumps into 3rd place
Ladies open: remains as Suse Fairfax, Cathy Cooke then Lauren Whitmore
Ladies vets: Sheila Horsman retains her lead but Kati Pusey enters the league in 2nd place and Ruki Sidhwa drops down to 3rd
Ladies S-vets - no change with Karen Ayers, Louise Alan-Smith and Beverley Hunt in top 3 places.
The next race in the leauge is the Hillingdon Sprint Triathlon on 18 July.
You can see all the updates on the Club league page.
The latest version, covering July through to mid-August, of the 2010 training schedule is now available. Please check the sessions carefully as there are some changes over the next few weeks due to holidays and races.
Congratulations to Roy, Lauren and Haydn for finishing Ironman France. Lauren had a very impressive swim and was 4th female out of the water, beating a number of pros!
The Bridge Sprint Triathlon was held alongside the standard distance race, and a few members opted for this distance. Neil's excuse was because he's racing at Athlone next weekend but that didn't stop him coming 2nd overall and picking up a shiny trophy. Sara won her age group and will be presented with her trophy, which was collected on her behalf, later this week. Congratulations both!
In the Bridge Standard Triathlon CPT also picked up an impressive number of trophies. Suse won the female race with Katie coming third. Jon H was the first male vet, with Greg second and Mark third!
Unfortunately there were a few teething problems with the new course but hopefully these will be sorted out for next year. The swim was short as there weren't enough buoys and for the CPT/7Oaks wave there was no lead canoe so everyone went off course. The bike was multi-lap, which was great for spectators, but there was a lot of confusion regarding the distances covered and whether everyone had in fact completed the course. The run was also laps and again slightly short. Fintan lost his timing chip so is awaiting his manual time and Liisa doesn't have a finish time, yet. I'll add these as soon as I can.
There was a spot prize draw after the presentations, with Mitch's number being the first out of the hat. He won a voucher for a new wetsuit and was very pleased with himself!
Dan took some great action photos which can be seen on his Flickr site. Official photographs by Sussex Sport Photography are also now available. Rob's friend Eren has also taken some fantastic shots which can be seen on his Osmaphotography website.
This event was the Club Championship Standard distance race for 2010. So congratulations, once again, go to Jon and Suse for their Championship wins.
League update to follow.
A few members did the Dulwick 5k on Wednesday 23 June, leaving only three of us to do Carl's Wednesday night fartlek session!
On Thursday 24 June, Ruki, who is very pleased with herself, did the BBC 5 Mile Canal Race. She was the 1st Vet lady and was 4th woman overall in a time of 40:37.
The Crystal Palace parkrun on Saturday 26 June was won by ex-CPT member, Carl Ferri. Ron and Glyn raced, with Glyn getting a PB.
My friend in Australia saw this advertised on Australian TV and went to the website as she wondered whether it would help Bruce and I recover after Ironman Austria!
Fat Birds Don't Fly are offering Club members a 5% discount on purchases made via their website. Please use the code: crystal-tri-5 when you checkout.
Quarterly swimmers can swim once a week at one of the following swimming venues St Josephs, The Bridge or Dulwich for £45. You can pay £90.00 per quarter for two swims and £135 for three. Or you can pay for one quarter and pay as you go for any other sessions.
All quarterly fees should be paid by the first Thursday of each quarter and the next payment is due on 1 July.
You can pay for quarterly swims either by internet/ telephone banking direct to the Club account or you can pay cash or cheque at any Club session.
By Dawn, photos by Riaz
Noel's annual pilgrimage to Rye started on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in April. A motley crue of CPT'ers and a few Dulwich runners (!) met at the Elmers End triangle with a view to leisurely cycling the 65 miles down to Rye.
So off we went in our mini peloton, with Noel leading the way. We made light work of Layhams and Toys Hill and 25 miles later we stopped for a well earned tea break in Penshurst. A few bacon sarnies and cream teas later and just as we were about to depart we bumped into Kirsten and Selwyn who were also making the most of the glorious weather and doing some 'Ironman training'. Although I can't remember clotted cream and scones being on my training plan last year!!!
Anyway, off we went again knowing we only had another 25 miles to do until our next stop for lunch. Noel had found a lovely pub with a garden for us to enjoy for lunch. Unfortunately we had to wait over an hour for our food but as the weather was so lovely nobody minded waiting around, in fact a few people took the opportunity to have a bit of an afternoon snooze. I don’t know how poor Emma puts up with James snoring!!!. After we had finally finished our lunch we had the final push until we arrived at Rye.
Amazingly we managed to do the whole route without a single technical problem and despite holding up some of the traffic for quite a while on the bendy lanes - we didn’t get any abuse at all! Personally I think they were probably transfixed by Mr Morris's 'Fabian Cancellera' style calves as he kept up the back of the group (which didn’t go unnoticed by a few of the ladies on the ride - Brian's calves that is!)
Moving on…. before we knew it we had reached our destination! We checked into the motel, and met up with Frances and Lynette who had driven down earlier in the day with our bags - a great service! A quick refresh and off to a gastro pub for dinner.
Unfortunately our luck with service remained the same, and we had to wait a good hour for food and the vegetarian option chosen by about five of us left a lot to be desired - but due to Lynette's description of the taste (or lack of it) to the waitress we ended up not having to pay for it!!!. Nevetheless the company and wine were excellent and everyone enjoyed themselves and Noel was toasted for organising such a lovely day out.
On the Sunday we started our ride with some rain, but luckily it soon cleared as we cycled to Ashford (about 15 miles away) to catch a train back to Orpington. All except Noel who bravely cycled the elements a bit further to meet up with Lynette for lunch. For those of us who took the train, luckily we managed to get a carriage to ourselves and somehow fit about 12 bikes into a space that clearly stated: 'no more than 2 bicycles to be placed here'. Luckily for us the staff on the train were not in an officious mood that day and pretended not to notice!
In summary - a good weekend was had by all.
Mark and Tim ventured down to Leybourne Lakes for the Team Outrageous Saturday Morning Sprint Triathlon. It was Mark's first race for more than six weeks due to injury and he says his running isn't quite back to form yet! Sadly Tim had a puncture on the bike exit so did the run twice instead! Poor signage meant Mark overshot the bike return into the park. He was second at that stage but fears he would still have been overhauled on the run.
Hans ran the 4th Crystal Palace parkrun, where Malcolm was spotted marshalling, and a fellow CPT member among the competitors (who can't have registered as he doesn't appear in the results!), but Hans says they were outgunned by the folks from Dulwich Runners AC most of whom had already done the Bromley parkrun that same morning, along with our own Dave and Charles. The mystery CPT runner was Ron Yee. Ron's barcode didn't work!
Suse, Victor and Louise were at Dambuster trying to qualify for the Worlds, with Suse missing out on a 3rd place in her age group by just one second.
View Cathie's photos from Spain.
Great performances from Jon and Shelia at last night's Tooting Bec Aquathlon. Jon's finish on the run was a stormer, making him the overall winner. Both Sheila and Dave improved their times from 2 June.
There are two more races in the series (30 June and 14 July), so get your entry in now. You may also be able to enter on the night due to no-shows. Great value for £12. Registration is from 7pm and race from 8pm.
This Saturday 19 June Jon will be coaching an adults only, Race specific turbo and run session outside the CP clinic from 09:00 - 10.30. Please arrive in plenty of time to set up your turbo for a prompt start at 9am. You will need to bring: bike; turbo; run kit; drinks; skewer for turbo etc. See you there.
Welcome to new member Javed Chughtai.
South Downs Marathon
After a fantastic holiday in the Alps where Hans spent a lot of time running at altitude, he thought he should try something to see whether it had a good training effect, so he signed up for the South Downs Marathon on 12 June. Hans finished in 3:31:24, 20th overall. He says "The weather was glorious, maybe a shade too hot by the end, the paths dry, the route well marked and marshalled and the views from the downs spectacular. My time was only six minutes slower than Hamburg back in April and ten minutes slower than my PB achieved in famously flat Berlin. And my first marathon where I didn't feel desperately exhausted by mile 22 and crash to crawling speed".
Dave got a PB at the Crystal Palace parkrun on Saturday.
Sunday 13 June results are from the Windsor Triathlon, the Windsor Sprint Triathlon, the Magnifcat cyclosportive, where Katie got a silver time, and the Mid-Sussex Triathlon, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a new bike route this year.
Well done to everyone who competed at the last Club league race (and the Club middle distance champs). Jon Horsman and Karen Ayers both scored a 'perfect 1' as they each won their respective age/gender categories in Weymouth. Overall Karen still has the lowest average score out of all Club members from races completed to date.
A few members have now completed the requisite three races to qualify for the leagues but with additional races can potentially bring their average score down lower (best three scores to count). Everyone else - you need three races to qualify - see qualifying races.
Latest scores on the doors:
Men U40 - Keith Brewster and Rob Parry remain in 1st and 2nd places respectively but Marcel Garrad now enters the league in 3rd place after his Weymouth performance
Men Vets - No change with Jon Horsman, Mark Thomas and Greg Lewis heading up the top three places
Men Super-vets - no change with Robert Buckler, Chris Fitzgerald and Noel Murphy in 1st, 2nd and 3rd
No change in any of the top three places for the ladies but a few shuffles in places further down the ranks
Ladies U40 - Suse Fairfax, Cathy Cooke, Lauren Whitmore
Ladies Vets - Sheila Horsman, Ruki Sidhwa and Audrey Livingston
Ladies Super-vets - Karen Ayers, Louise Alan-Smith and Beverley Hunt
Next league race, which doubles up as Club Olympic distance champs, is Dartford Bridge on 27 June - see you there!
You can see all the updates on the Club league page.
Bruce and I went out to Spain in October 2009 to do a recce to see whether a Club training camp would be feasible at our house near Huercal Overa in southern Spain. The weather was awful so we spent the whole time driving the various routes and wondering how hard the climbs would be on bikes, without an engine and a handbrake!
An email went out in early November inviting anyone interested to sign-up for the spring training camp. Within days the places were filled and Bruce and I started panicking about whether it would really work out, whether we had enough beds and whether everyone would enjoy the rides.
In April, we flew out a few days ahead of everyone else to move furniture, prepare bedrooms, clean the swimming pool and to do a considerable number of other jobs required to host 12 keen triathletes and their early season training.
We had to employ a neighbour to help with the airport pick-up, as the two of us couldn’t drive the three vehicles required to get everyone, their luggage and their bikes back to the house!
On arrival day, the weather was glorious and once everyone had enjoyed their welcome lunch, put their bikes together, it was time for the first ride out on the Spanish roads, which were virtually traffic-free for the whole week!
We split up into various groups as there were a lot of different standards but everyone got a good workout and with the minibus on standby anyone wanting a shorter ride could hitch a lift part way, or all the way with or without their bikes.
The rides varied in length, duration and number of coffee stops, depending on who was leading them! All rides involved hills, with the ups seeming so much longer than the downs! It’s a gradual climb from the town all the way back to Las Piedras, about 12k of gradual slog. The swimming pool acted as a very useful post-ride plunge pool to help rejuvenate tired legs!
We cycled to the castle at Velez Blanco, which was about 20 miles of climbing, but at least it was a fast ride back again! There were some amazing switchbacks on most of the climbs with fantastic countryside and sea views.
The second time we cycled towards Velez Blanco the wind was really strong with a few people deciding to stay put or go for a run instead, others made it to the highest point (just over 1000 metres above sea level), battling on every bend to make any headway before heading back and having to pedal hard even on the downhills.
It was very windy again the next day when we cycled to Taberno. We had to split up as it was too dangerous to ride in a close group as we were getting blown into each other.
Bruce, Phil and I did a 100 miler, along the undulating coast road from San Juan to Garrucha. We had to have a short stop as Bruce had a few technical problems with his bike. It was a hilly ride but enjoyable and made us feel more confident about our forthcoming Ironman. We cycled back to Huercal Overa where we stopped for coffees while waiting for Peter to pick us up in the minibus.
The day after our long ride Bruce and I got a day off, so we took the minibus down to the beach at San Juan to meet everyone who had cycled. It was a glorious sunny day and there was a long beachside stop for beers and ice creams. Cathy and Richard even had a race from the beach into the sea and had a bit of cool down swim.
We had two trips to the newly opened indoor swimming pool and virtually had the place to ourselves. The local rambla (dried up river bed) was a great running route, which was slightly flatter than the road but still meant working hard in one direction or another as nowhere in the area is flat!
Everyone took it in turns shopping, cooking, washing up and hanging up washing (which Pete and Mitch were particulary good at!). There was plenty of alcohol consumed but that didn’t stop anyone from riding the next day! I was also completely amazed by the amount of food which was eaten by 14 hungry triathletes!
On the last night, which was also Martin’s 50th birthday we went into Mojacar for a delicious steak meal and pudding in the ice cream parlour.
Everyone agreed the cycling had been great, the Spanish roads in much better condition than the British, the Spanish drivers few and far between, and those we did encounter were much more considerate of cyclists, leaving plenty of room and even sitting patiently behind, without beeping, for miles on the uphills!
Once everyone had packed up and gone, Bruce and I had two days to wash all the sheets, towels, reposition all the furniture, take the wine and beer bottles to the bottle bank and close the house up again until our next visit in September.
We enjoyed having everyone to stay and feedback was pretty positive. So if we still own the house next Spring perhaps we’ll do the same again! Anyone interested?!
View Karen's photographs. There will be more photos to follow soon.
The first in this year's aquathlon was held at The Bridge on Thursday 3 June. The juniors went off first followed by the adults. The race consisted of a 400m swim followed by three laps of the field. Results can be found on the June results page.
Thanks to Brian for the photographs.
A late May result from the Southwell Sprint Triathlon where Ruki raced her new bike in the wind.
Dave and Sheila were the only CPT members at the first of the Tooting Lido Aquathlons on 2 June. Although Tim and Mark were there as race director and marshall. Dave says he really enjoyed the swim and Sheila came away as 2nd female vet.
There were a few members out for the second Crystal Palace 5k parkrun, but no PBs on this occasion. Ruki would like to 'thank' Phil for such a hilly route!
Sunday 6 June was a busy day with members racing at Cranbrook Sprint Triathlon, the Beaulieu Triathlon, Ironman Switzerland 70.3 (see pics of Rob on the right), the Blenheim Triathlon, the Weymouth Sprint Triathlon, where Sheila was 1st female vet, and the Beckenham 10k.
The big event of the weekend was the club championship middle distance race at Weymouth.
Report by Karen
Bruce and I registered on Saturday afternoon, bumping into other CPT members and buying last minute gels, saddles(!) etc. We found our B&B then went for a walk down to the transition area and the swim in and out. I dipped my toes in and was pleasantly surprised by the water temperature.
Most of us met up for dinner at Prezzos in the evening, taking over the restaurant! We then took a leisurely walk back along the beach to meet up with Jon and Sheila, to hand over their race numbers etc. James decided to get his remote control motor boat out for a spin with Daniel following him into the water, fully clothed, shoes as well! Then it was back to the B&B for an early night and hopefully a good sleep.
The alarm clock went off at 5am and it was down to the kitchen for some porridge. We walked from the B&B to transition, for once with plenty of time to spare and no panic.
Bruce heard a tyre go pop then realised it was his! He calmly changed the inner tube only to discover that the side of his (new) tyre had an enormous slice in it and there was no where to buy another tyre. A lady in transition gave him a puncture patch and he and Jon set to work on fixing the tyre, hoping that it would hold up even though he couldn't get the full amount of pressure in the tyre. Emma and I left them to it as we headed off for our swim start.
We had time for a short dip to get used to the water temperature, which wasn't as cold as previous years, then it was off. The water was very shallow for a long way, so we walked, swam then walked again before swimming out to the first buoy. At the second buoy I realised I was swimming alongside Dawn and was determined to get out of the water ahead of her! (The picture on the left shows me standing and Dawn swimming just behind). I was also hoping that Jon wouldn't overtake me on the beach again!
Then it was up the beach, up the stairs and into transition. A quick change and then we carried our bikes up more steps out on the road, with Dawn just ahead of me.
The sun was coming out and the temperature was very pleasant until we got to the first turnaround where the wind suddenly became apparent and the downhill wasn't as quick or as easy as it should have been! Instead of overtaking me on the beach Jon passed me on the bike about 40 minutes into the ride, so that was quite satisfying! I also caught Emma at about 45 minutes and we then played cat and mouse for the rest of the ride, with her beating the traffic queue back into transition. I didn't see her again! I did see Suse walking along the dual carriageway pushing her bike. She had a puncture, which she fixed, but then her pump broke and she was unable to continue. I also saw Dave off his bike but thought he'd just stopped for a comfort break, but he was also out.
Then the run! By this time it was really hot and there didn't seem to be any breeze on the course, just a much longer hill than I remembered! Marcel overtook me exiting transition and Emma disappeared into the distance. The first lap went quite well, with Jon passing me about half a mile from the end of the lap so he was amongst the crowd cheering me on to the next lap. Unfortunately I slowed considerably on the second lap, with nearly all the CPTers overtaking me. I knew Charles and Bruce hadn't come past so just kept plodding on hoping I'd get to the Finish before they appeared. I spotted CPT kit ahead and realised it was Richard walking. He didn't give me the satisfaction of saying I'd beaten him, instead of walking across the finish line he DNFd! Charles had also pulled out at the end of the first lap so no wonder he didn't pass me! Bruce came across the finish line a few minutes later, looking very strong.
A post-race massage and a shower back at the B&B made us feel human again. Then we met up for fish and chips on the beach, kayaking, sun-bathing, and in Daniel's case some sleeping! A text from Jon and Sheila let me know that I'd won the Super-Vets category (although I was the only one!). Jon won the Vets and Sheila won the Vets prize in the Sprint. Kirsten, Emma and Dawn won the Ladies team prize, so a good day for CPT.
Those of us staying another night met up for a celebratory dinner and a few glasses of wine (Suse, sorry for knocking my red wine over you). Another successful weekend in Weymouth. There was talk of chosing a different venue for next year's middle distance race, watch this space!
Thanks to Riaz for the race photographs.
You can see who's won what in the Club Championships so far.
Welcome to new member Michelle Carroll.
By Lauren Whitmore
In preparation for Ironman France at the end of June, Roy, my Dad and myself were looking for a hilly middle distance race. The Outrageous Half in Leybourne, part of the new 'Tri Grand Prix' series, seemed to fit the bill. The only drawback was the £150 entry fee, ouch! Initial impressions weren't good; after parting with my cash, I didn't receive as much as a "thank you for entering" email (or any other direct communication from the organisers). Race info was put up on the website only six days before the race, including notification that competitors needed to register and rack bikes on Saturday, rather than Sunday. Due to wind and rain (not surprising in the UK in May I would have thought!) the organisers decided at the last minute to move registration to a hotel, two more junctions down the M20, but crucially, didn't actually tell competitors, or leave anyone at the original registration site to send people the right way! All this confusion didn't bode well for the following day!
However, apart from the complete lack of portaloos and a 30 minute delay to the race start, the race itself was quite good! It was a small field (about 90), and it seemed that the majority were pros. Lining up next to Stephen Bayliss, Leanda Cave and Jo Lawn was cool, but also quite intimidating. The swim course was a single lap around Leybourne Lake. I was excited to find myself leading the 3rd pack of pros (well, excited for about 5 mins when I began to wish they'd come through and do some work!) I came out of the water with Eva Ledesma who went on to take 3rd in the women's race. As I sat down to put my socks on, she legged it out of transition, never to be seen again! I ran into transition, grabbed my bike, and was pleased to notice Roy's bike still on the rack!
The bike course was tough, with nearly 1000m of climbing, but there were also some flattish sections on A roads; not very scenic but good for my average speed! The steepest section of the course, the 'Birling Beast' was about 5km in. I got passed by a few pro girls, who zoomed past like they hadn't even noticed the incline. After about 20 minutes Roy caught and passed me as well. The out and back route meant you could see where you were in relation to the rest of the field, and also allowed me to watch some of the pro race unfold, watch Roy battling with some of the top girls, trying not to get chicked, and watch my Dad trying to catch me!
The run course was described as fast and flat. The course maps on the website were pretty confusing, and I didn't really have a clue where I was going. The first couple of km were in the country park, but then we hit the streets for a lap of the industrial park, then out onto the main roads. I couldn't tell you where we went, but it certainly wasn't flat, with several long uphill drags to contend with, as well as twice over the M20 overpass. Not the most inspiring of run courses, surprising since the country park would have made for a great multi-lap course where spectators could have enjoyed the battles between the lead pros. The marshals were great though, and the aid stations well stocked with powerbar goodies (though strangely for me I was having a hard time getting my nutrition down). I was running scared, as I knew my Dad would be chasing, but I didn't see him until I had 2k left to run when I could see the gap was too big for him to close.
I was pleased to cross the line in 5.20, a new middle distance PB by over an hour (my last attempt was pretty bad!) and also a new half marathon PB. Roy was pleased to beat all the girls in the bike leg, and finish his first half marathon without walking (running a super fast 1.23). My Dad finished just behind me and just missed out on qualifying for the age group long distance worlds. CPT's other starter, Bevan, unfortunately crashed out on the bike; hopefully he was not too badly injured.
There was massage and pizza at the finish, and rather than a medal finishers were given a gilet. Overall I enjoyed the race, but don't think I'd pay £150 to enter again. The Tri Grand Prix slogan is "Serious about athlete care", and unfortunately I think the athlete care provided by most other organisers (of small and large events) is much better. Given the incredibly high standard of the field it certainly wasn't a confidence building race, but it was great training for France, which is now only 25 days away!
Photographs © Sussex Sport Photography
Best wishes to Bevan for a speedy recovery following his bike accident and DNF.