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Entries are now open for these popular races:
Pirie 10 – 5 December 2010 - This is being held on a Sunday morning this year, instead of Saturday afternoon. Good news for me as that means I won’t finish in the dark!!
Tadworth 10 – 2 January 2011 - Blast away your Christmas excesses and New Year hangover!
Brighton Half Marathon – 20 February 2011 - Used to be the Sussex Beacon Half. There's a slightly different route for 2011.
Don’t forget to let me know when you’ve entered so that I can keep the race matrix up to date and make sure your results are included on the website.
Welcome to new member, Claire Wallace. Claire has completed a number of triathlons, including Hever Castle last weekend, and wants to improve her fitness and technique.
Hans reports "What a wet and miserable day it was last Sunday when we lined up for the Berlin Marathon along with 40,000 others (most of whom seemed to be Danish) but no matter: the atmosphere was surprising lively, I ran a disciplined race and achieved a new personal best. I didn't see any of the fellow CP Triathletes on the course. A Serpentine runner saw my top and asked me to give his regards to Phil who was running somewhere in the huge crowd. Afterwards, though, I managed to meet up with Grant (or Dr Barnes, as he is now known to you and me - see the results listings) and his wife Rachel to celebrate over a few glasses of wine. All in all, a great way to finish my first season with CPT.
For anyone who hasn’t heard yet, there will be a new Ironman race in the UK next year – Ironman Wales, based in Tenby, Pembrokeshire on 11 September. You can read all about it on Tri 24/7. The offficial website will be launched on 1 October (same day as registration opens).
There’s also another new race, Challenge Henley, on 18 September and entries are already open, but no-one from CPT is on the start list as yet!
Welcome to new member, Ashlee Corfe. Those who do the Crystal Palace parkrun will recognise Ashlee as she's the Event Director.
By Cathie Greasley
Anna and Emily dusted down their bikes and eased themselves back into cycling at the weekend for Evans Cycles, Ride It! They opted for the short route (30 miles) and Haydn, Mat, Selwyn, Pete and I decided to do the medium route (56 miles). There was also a long option (86 miles), but Selwyn had been out on the lash the night before (Marcel’s name got mentioned, can't imagine why?) and the rest of us, well, we just didn’t fancy going long.
According to their website, Evans Ride It! events are great for novice riders just getting started, or experienced riders looking for a challenge. Saturdays are for mud worshippers with a mountain bike ride and Sundays are for Tarmac lovers with a sportive road ride.
Full marks go to Selwyn. He ‘worshipped the mud’ and ‘loved the tarmac’ with a double whammy of cycling, completing both the Saturday and Sunday rides. I’ve never considered 'loving' tarmac before, but when you come across a lovely smooth stretch of road you really do appreciate it and can 'feel the love!" The lanes around Kent are largely still riddled with gaping pot holes, and it became a treacherous challenge in itself dodging the pesky things!
As well as pot holes to contend with, we braved the wind, rain and cold (And respect to the Aussie for 'manning-up' to the British weather and cycling without gloves!) Oh, and the hills – and I had forgotten how brutal some of them are.
I have a sad fascination with maps (it’s the geographer in me) but have you ever noticed that every other place on the Ordnance Survey map around the Kent Downs is succeeded by the word ‘hill’? If you are sad or geeky enough, have a look: there’s Faulkner's, Tandridge, Watts, Dry, Betsom’s to name a few. But my favourite is the aptly named, Pains Hill! And after Toy’s (the steepest way) and Crockham and Hosey, not once but twice - I was in pain! I told Keith that Evans should rename the ride: Hill It!
Seeing the boys disappear into the distance, as they effortlessly breezed up anything with a slight gradient was disheartening and I tried in vain to get dropped several times. But they were like little cling-on limpets waiting for me at the top of each and every climb! So I was very thankful when Mat had a mechanical (in the form of a wobbly seat!). I always welcome a little mechanical to take a proper breather! Don't I, Noel?
Anyway that's enough… I’ll keep this report short and sweet. Luckily, I got in first. You nearly had Selwyn writing this and had that been the case you would still be reading this from now until Christmas! (yawn).
Special thanks go to Keith for looking after us all so well and keeping Mat and Selwyn well fed with, ahem… meat pies. Yep, we are talking plural here. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the event itself was well-organised and well-signposted. There are a couple more events that are fairly local, so see the Evans website for more details if you are interested (that’s a tenner for the plug, Keith).
Times haven't been published yet but will be added as soon as.
Welcome to new member, Leon Haywood.
A three members ran the Crystal Palace parkrun on Saturday morning. Dave used the event as a warm-up for the Brighton Marina Triathlon on Sunday (results not available yet) and Michelle ran for the first time.
On a very chilly morning a number of members, including one of our junior members (who was probably the youngest entrant on the day), braved the very cold water at Hever Castle. Everyone was complaining that there feet didn't warm up until well into the run, although one member was still moaning about being cold a couple of hours after finishing as there were no showers for a post-race warm-up. The bike course is quite hilly and although the sun was shining it was still pretty cold, the run is through the grounds of the Castle and was quite shady so not a lot of chance to thaw out! Cathy came 3rd in her age group but prizes were only awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall, with no age group prizes.
On Sunday, Sara and Paul completed the Henry VIII 'Olympic' (800m / 40k / 8k) distance at Hever Castle. Paul agrees the water was very cold but otherwise thought it was a great location.
Hans and Phil ran the Berlin Marathon. No idea what the weather was like but I'm sure Hans will report as soon as he gets back. Well done to both. Lisa has deferred her place to next year, when she hopes she'll be injury free.
There was just one CPT team at the SLSC Relay Triathlon, Peter King (father of one of our junior members) stepped in at the last minute to cover the swim leg, Malcolm Hicks completed the bike and James Ripley ran to finish the team relay.
Fintan completed the Windsor Half Marathon as part of his last minute training for the New York Marathon in November.
Results are awaited from The Toad Challenge
Tour of Britain – London Stage - Saturday 18 September
Report by Selwyn, who promises to keep this one short!
We decided to enter Team CPT to go up against the likes of Team Sky and Saxo Bank at the London stage of the Tour of Britain. Think they got held up so we had to race without them. OK, we really entered The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour ride which was a couple of laps of the London stage an hour before the Pros raced!
With the Popemobile taking precedence over the usual Embankment course – we were demoted to cycling around the wonderful sights of the Excel centre in the Docklands!
Saw several other CPT members including Phil Wright and family on a tandem and Fiona Bettles speeding ahead.
It was a fun day out and we were rewarded with endless M & S sarnies and a Wayne Hemmingway designed T-shirt!
Also had a go on the electronic Gocycle bike’s which will definitely come in handy for next season’s races!
Virgin Active kindly supplied us with use of their jacuzzi and spas to help recover from the ‘hard days’ cycle.
I'm now back from my holiday in Spain and desperately trying to catch up with all the results from the first three weeks of September. I had no idea it was going to be such a busy time! Looks like everyone is trying to get as many races in as possible before the end of the season. I hope I've covered everything but if you are aware of any gaps please let me know.
Jon has put together a Winter base training schedule, covering September through to the end of November.
We look forward to seeing as many members as possible at all sessions.
Don't forget if there's no Saturday morning session you can do the Crystal Palace parkrun or volunteer as a marshal. Help is always required, so no excuse for a lie-in!
On Saturday there were a few at the Crystal Palace parkrun, but no PBs. The Tough Tracks Triathlon was turned into a duathlon, due to health and safety reasons the swim was cancelled and replaced with a 4km run.
On Sunday Voy raced the Ashtead 10k and, along with a number of other competitors, was stung by a hornet!
CPT were the best represented Club at the sold-out Sevenoaks Sprint Triathlon. Although with start times spread throughout the morning we didn't all get to see each other.
The weather was better than expected, although a bit chilly for those going off first thing. Sheila's T1 was slowed because she decided to wear a jacket on the bike. It was a bit chilly and windy on the bike so not many PBs but some exciting racing with Haydn and Lauren going head to head!
Jon came 6th overall and 1st in his age group and I won my age group (by over 6 minutes!). We both got a trophy, an Timex Ironman watch, a Road ID and a case of For Goodness Shakes! Katie was 3rd in her age group, although she missed out on a prize because the 1st lady overall was in the 40-49 age group.
Bruce won an Ironman HR monitor in the prize draw.
Photographs from Sevenoaks can be seen on the Sussex Photography website.
Welcome to two new members, Neil Pusey (now the whole Pusey family, Neil, Kati and juniors Morris and Nic are CPT members) and James Falshaw.
An alliance of residents and cyclists has been formed to save a former Olympic stadium from closure. The Herne Hill Velodrome is the oldest cycling track in the country and the home of the 1948 Olympic Cycling Championships. But now it faces closure due to deterioration and lack of funding. There is no alternative track in London for the hundreds of children (including our CPT Juniors) who ride and race there. In the past, that has included Bradley Wiggins, the three-time Olympic gold medallist, who began his competitive cycling career at Herne Hill.
The Campaign kicks off with a public meeting at Dulwich College at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 6th October. But Londoners are asked to register their support on the Save the Velodrome website. You can also join the campaign on Facebook.
To stay open, the Velodrome will need corporate and private funding, together with volunteer support.
You can read more about the campaign in The Guardian.
Another very busy weekend with CPT members at the Bromley parkrun on Saturday.
On Sunday David Rose raced the South London 10k, Glyn and Charles (who obviously managed to fix his brakes) were the only Club representatives at the Circuit of Kent Cyclosportive (you can see more photographs on the SportivePhoto website), Gary raced at the Dunmow Sprint Triathlon (with another PB), Jon won the HSBC Sprint Triathlon at Dorney Lake, and Emma and Ben completed the Bala Standard Distance, which was nearly turned into a duathlon because of the water conditions (photo of Emma crossing the finish line courtesy of Stuart Steele / StuWeb Productions).
Hans reports from the London Duathlon: "It couldn't have been held on a finer day, bright, sunny and no wind (at least for the folks who started reasonably early in the day). It started well enough when the first official I approached to enquire the direction of registration was our very own Audrey Livingston. Just before the start, I bumped into Laura Boyd (who for once was pleased with her finish time) with whom I had won the free tickets to the Goodwood Duathlon in May this year. We had different start slots but crossed paths again during the 5km run. One of our men who had signed up for the Ultra option (20km/80km/10km) gave me a loud cheer as I was running my 10km while they were on their bike leg but I didn't look up fast enough to register who it was - it's always great to get this support. My run times weren't spectacular, especially compared to Goodwood (although the runs there were almost completely flat), but I worked hard on the bike and was very pleased that I managed to avoid being overtaken by everyone else (which is what happened at Goodwood). Losing a contact lense mid-way through the cycle was a bit disconcerting but didn't slow my race down. The cycle route (two rounds clockwise around the main park circular road) is a joy to ride but for one section where the tarmac has such grip that even on a slight downhill it seemed a struggle to go much above 20km/h. All in all a very enjoyable race".
The big event of the weekend was the World Triathlon championships in Budapest, where CPT were represented by Suse, Louise and Richard in the Standard Distance, and Mark, Neil and Carole in the Sprint. Congratulations to all for qualifying and competing.
Mark has made a video clip of the trip.
Carole reports "I had a great time in Budapest, I did Grendon as a qualifier but figured I had no hope of qualifying, I'm not at my best but when the call came I couldn't miss the chance to race. I presumed I would be last in my age group so was pleased to be 26 out of 33 starters!".
Victor was spotted on BBC TV cheering in the crowd. If you missed seeing him, you can catch up online at Triathlonlive.tv.
Grant did the F3 Evening Sprint on 8 September. He reports "Had a really enjoyable race. My brother and I were neck and neck most of the way round but he had me on the run. Though he admitted being a big cheat by drafting all the way round on the bike. In fairness he probably still would have taken me on the run as he’s in the middle of marathon training and looked strong. Anyway I’m pretty pleased with what I think is a new sprint PB by 7 mins".
A few of us thought it would be a good idea to do the Crystal Palace parkrun as a warm-up for Southwater on Sunday, and promptly regretted it after pushing hard with a couple of PBs.
Neil was the only CPT member at the Bromley parkrun this week.
Selwyn and Tom did the 'Great River Swim' on Saturday morning - a mile from Chiswick pier round an island and back. Tom reports "It was against the tide on the way out so was pretty tough! (if you did breaststroke, you went backwards). Then the tide turned pretty much as we did - cruel timing. Selwyn decided to brave the Thames without a wetsuit, hence I was able to finish ahead of him - thinking of making that a rule for Selwyn for all races next year!"
Our Club Secretary, Chris Hall, was also busy on Saturday, taking part in the Vitruvian, a tough middle distance triathlon.
The highlight of the weekend was, of course, Southwater. CPT fielded 16 teams, second to Tuff Fitty who had 17. Timing chips were used for the first time and created a few problems, especially at the handover point and some splits are still missing, but we still had lots of fun, made lots of noise and cheered all our competitors on. We were especially pleased to see CPT junior member, James Allen, exit the water first, with quite a big lead. He joined another junior member, Joe Kidson, and Jon H to form J-Ronimo and came 4th overall. Our ladies team 'Girls on Top' won the female category. There will be lots of photos to follow, as soon as I can catch up.
There's a video of this year's relays on YouTube, where you can spot a few recognisable CPT faces and kit.
The following events may be of interest to members:
Saturday 2 October - Herne Hill Harriers X/C champs a six mile race around Streatham Common
Sunday 29 May 2011 - Bexhill Lions 2nd Sprint Triathlon. This is a charity event raising funds for the Air Ambulance, the local hospice and the Lions Club Charity Fund.
Report by Mark Thomas
I knew it would be worth taking my road bike to France on the annual summer holiday to the Alps. I honestly didn't plan to race but when we were at the local swimming lake and I spotted an advert for the following Sunday's 'Triathlon de Mont Blanc' it seemed as if fate had intervened.
Tim T's reply to my text infoming him of my last minute intentions was to the point with a one word reply of 'Saddo'. Mrs T was not keen to make this her tri debut but the boys were up for the kids event and I entered the Sprint.
The lake at Passy in the valley below Chamonix is perfect for swimming (beach start) but the bike, as the name Mont Blanc would suggest, was a bit on the hilly side. The French are much more relaxed about the organisational aspects of racing. Another difference was that they kept us all in the finish area at the end of the race out of respect for those still racing. If my French was a bit better I might have made a few more friends.
For the record I came ninth vet (the locals are very good cyclists!) with a sprint time of about 1.06. Ben T aged 14 came 4th boy if my memory serves me correctly and Sam T (age 10) came fourth in his wave.
I might even 'happen' to pack my tri kit for next year too. Visit the event website for more information. Bon chance mes amis!
Below: Left - Sam on the start line: focussed!
Right - The 10-11 yr beach start