2010 News - October

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New member

PeterWelcome back to Peter Duffy. Peter was a member a few years ago and hopes to come out regularly on the Sunday Club rides.

Tuesday turbo - 2 November

As the pool will be closed at St Joseph's again this Tuesday, Jon is putting on an adult coached turbo session under the Jubilee Stand, next to the Sports Injury Clinic to replace it.

The session will start at 19:30, don't forget your bike and turbo!

Club league - Final result

Cathy reports on the final race in the 2010 Club League:

Well done everyone who raced today in the last of the club league qualifying races (and also the duathlon club champs race).
The winners in each category today were Keith B (male senior), Jon H (male vets), Tim Thomas (male super vets), Lisa Collins (female snr) and Sheila Horsman (female vets).

Overall the final result of this years club league are as follows (full results on the League page):

Male Senior
1st Keith Brewster
2nd Rob Parry
3rd Selwyn Smith
Male Vets
1st Jon Horsman
2nd Greg Lewis
3rd Mark Thomas
Male Super Vets
1st Tim Thomas
2nd Haydn Whitmore
3rd Chris Fitzgerald
Female Senior
1st Suse Fairfax
2nd Katie Crowe
3rd Cathy Cooke
Female Vets
1st Sheila Horsman
2nd Ruki Sidwha
3rd Audrey Livingston
Female SuperVets
1st Karen Ayers

Well done to everyone who took part in the Club League and the winner's prizes will be presented at the Club Christmas party on 11 December.

Weekend results - 30-31 October

A lovely sunny morning for the Crystal Palace and Wimbledon Common parkruns with Audrey getting a PB.

Karen and Bruce at Barns GreenSunday morning was grey and wet. Bruce and I almost stayed in bed but decided to set out for the Barns Green Half Marathon. After sitting in a very long traffic jam to get into a muddy car park we made it to the Start with less than two minutes to spare! Laura spotted us both in our CPT kit and we wished each other luck before setting off in the drizzle. The course was much hillier than I remembered from last year! Bruce and I ran the first couple of miles together before I decided I'd gone off too fast and he should go on without me. I was really surprised to see Bruce ahead of me just before the 10 mile mark. He was suffering with his ITB and had back ache so I ran past. Although I was disappointed with those extra 26 seconds, I did get a PB and I beat Bruce, even though he was injured!

Looks like there was some exciting racing at the Jekyll & Hyde Park Halloween Duathlon. The winners of the Duathlon Club Champsionships are Keith Brewster and Lisa Collins.

Paradise Triathlon Training

Paradise Triathlon Training, a newly launched company, provides tri camps in the Seychelles.  Their first camp takes place 23 February - 8 March 2011. They offer a discount to Clubs who book a minimum of 15 triathletes or individuals can book direct through the website.

The Emer Casey Memorial 10k

Selwyn reports "Grant and I thought we’d attempt Herne Hill Harrier’s race on Sunday – The Emer Casey Memorial 10k.  3 and a half laps around Brockwell Park, quite a challenging course especially the killer hill at the back of the park.  A lovely day for it though – CPT vest weather (Grant suffered by wearing his winter woolly)!

National Volunteer of the Year

I'm very pleased to let you all know that I have been chosen as the British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year 2010. Once again, thank you all very much for your support.

parkrun result

A very quiet weekend with just two members running at the Crystal Palace parkrun on Saturday, and no PBs. Let me know if I've missed anything!

Save the Velodrome update!

Save the VelodromeWhether you promise £5 or £5,000 the Herne Hill Velodrome needs various authorities to see that the public care and want the Velodrome to keep going. It's also your chance to give the Velodrome your ideas for the facility, or volunteer to get involved.

They've had over 300 forms from the public meeting already and are getting loads through Facebook too. Please note that your pledge is not legally binding - but an indication of the financial support from users. Please pledge here now!


Congratulations go to Jon Horsman who has won London Children's Coach of the Year.

Date for your diary

The 2010 Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 18 November after the swim session at The Bridge @21:15.

Tuesday swims at St Joseph's

Due to urgent and necessary works to the swimming pool there will be CPT swim sessions at St. Joseph's College on Tuesday 26 October and 2 November 2010.

Regional Volunteer of the Year

KarenThank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me as London Volunteer of the Year. My nomination will now be forwarded to an independent panel to be considered as the National Volunteer of the Year. Your support is much appreciated.

Weekend roundup - 16-17 October

Not much activity this weekend! There were eight CPT parkrunners this week, at Bromley, Crystal Palace and Wimbledon Common, with three PBs.

There was a reasonable turnout for the Sunday morning ride from Elmers End. The weather was better than forecast, with no sign of frost, but a bright, sunny autumn morning. We all set off together, heading for Downe. Bruce and I fell back on the first hill, Church Road, but Mark waited for us, while the faster riders sped off into the distance. The three of us did a loop of Downe then Mark and I added an extra loop via Farnborough Village whle Bruce for home and a 5k run. Hope the faster riders had a good ride too!

New member

PhilWelcome to new member, Phil Feldman.

Training schedule

The training schedule is available to download as a PDF and is now also available on a training schedule page within the Training section. We hope this will be easier to follow and will give you quick and easy links to full details of each session.

'Chasing Legends'

Chasing Legends‘Chasing Legends’, a documentary about the Tour de France, is to be released in cinemas across Europe, accompanied by a Q&A session beamed live via satellite from London’s O2 Cinema. Download the PDF press release to find out more.

A full and up to date list of cinemas in Europe screening the film can be seen on the official website. Questions for the Q&A can be submitted via the website, by email.

2011 events

Entries are now open for the following events:

27 February - Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

15 May - East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon

Sprint race in Lerici, Italy

Swim startReport by Emanuele Vignoli

I decided to finish my first season in triathlon with a sprint race in Lerici (La Spezia, coastal town in the North west of Italy), the city where I was born and lived until I moved to London in 1998. I went with a friend from London (Matt Hobbs from the Kingfisher tri club) and stayed at my parents' place. The preparation was great fun with the usual and predictable banter from my good friend... things such as do I need to add some extra sessions on my training schedule i.e train to pose with my sunglasses on during transition, snatch handbags during the bike ride and wave 'ciao' to everybody?

Swim startThe location is great and the weather could not have been better, I took Matt for a test ride and some sightseeing on the Saturday and then we went for registration in the evening. We met a few other Brits (Londoners and Scots) who regularly holiday in the area and had decided to go back for this race. Matt pointed out that most of the competitors looked 'red hot ' (I think this is what he said... I kind of switched to Italian at that stage) but I reassured him by saying not to worry as it is typical for Italians to look good and buy the latest gear even if they are crap... what I failed to tell him (I had only just found out during registration) is that this was a national championship sprint distance race!

Emanuele on the bikeOn the Sunday it was race day, great course, sea swim, very hilly and technical bike (Matt who apparently considers himself an expert by having done Vitruvian, Dambaster and toured the Pyrenees) said that it was the most technically challenging (despite the short distance) course that he has ever raced.

We completed with faster times than our PBs but in line with what we expected for this type of course (Matt in 1.11 and I finished in 1.23). The male winner finished in 59 mins with a bike time of 32mins which means he managed to swim and run pretty quickly and the fastest woman in 1.09 (I saw her flying past me on the run!!). I was 26th out of 60 male Emanuele on the runamateurs and 234th out of 350 overall. My only decent discipline is the run which I did in 20:40 and still came 170th overall for the run leg. We quickly checked the history for the top four finishers and they were either part of the ITU World Duathlon, ETU Cross tri circuits or ex Olympic medalist in the 3000m track run... so that made us feel a bit better!

The best part of it was at the end where we were welcomed by market type stalls with an enormous variety of free food ranging from freshly cooked pasta, cakes, quiches, fruit and much more!

Emanuele and MattAnyway really happy with my first season in triathlon, I have managed to improve my PB by 12 mins from my first race last year thanks to your support and Jon's training plans. So very grateful and many thanks!

PS: the local triathlon team were interested in coming to London to do a race over here in 2011 plus they'd be more than happy to have many of you at next year's event.

Result: Swim 17:27, Bike 1:23:00, Run 43:11, Total: 1:23:14

Results - 9-10 October

Congratulations to Dawn and Martin for achieving PBs at the Crystal Palace parkrun on Saturday morning, while just three of us did the Club turbo/run session coached by Phil.

On Sunday Sam ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon with his wife, Ashlee ran the Petts Wood 10k, Charles and Ella ran the Croydon 10k, David ran the ProFeet Kingston Run, Katie did the hilly and challenging Jog Shop Jog, which covers just over 20 miles of the South Downs, including Death Valley, The Snake and The Big W, and Michelle did the Fast & Furious Duathlon.

There was a reasonable turnout for an enjoyable ride to Box Hill on Sunday morning. The rest of you can't have checked the weather forecast or the ride schedule! The cafe at Box Hill was very busy with cyclists making the most of the unseasonably hot day and there was a lot of stripping of unwanted layers too!

New member

<MikeWelcome to new member, Mike Henderson.

Mike wants to improve his fitness and get involved in some competitions as he's new to triathlon.

New events

Mo Running are launching a series of runs, including Dublin, Battersea Park (21 Nov), Greenwich Park (13 Nov) and Milton Keynes as well as Melbourne and Auckland, in support of 'Movember' and The Prostate Cancer Charity. A moustache isn't necessary to take part in the runs!

The inaugural Croydon Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 3 April 2011.

Results - 2-3 October

There was one PB at Saturday's Crystal Palace parkrun and two PBs at Sunday's 25th anniversary Dulwich 10k, where CPT were out in force. I've created an Excel spreadsheet with all the CPT results at the Dulwich 10k from 2002-2010. Our juniors had some excellent results in the 1 and 2 mile races.

Tim did the Herne Hill Harriers 6 mile XC champs on Streatham Common and picked up the MSV prize.

Tim says "This is a really fun local event comprising three laps of the Common, through the woods involving six leg sapping hills - akin to a Carl hill session without the rest at the top". 

Richard had a go at the rain lashed and surprisingly well attended (1,400 places filled, apparently) Warwickshire Triathlon on Sunday, where he was 2nd in his age group.

A few members braved the weather to do either the 110k or 80k Ride of the Falling Leaves, although Louise and Beverley had an early start so only encountered rain coming back up to Crystal Palace - where it was refreshingly cooling! Gary did the VO2 October Sportive, on a new 100k route around Kent and Sussex and reports "the weather made it interesting to say the least".

Late results - 24-26 September

Belated results from a very windy Brighton Marina Triathlon on 26 September.

Phil on the Toad ChallengePhil on the Toad ChallengeThe “Toad Challenge” was run over three days, from Friday 24-Sunday 26 September, along the stunningly beautiful and reasonably flat Thames Path from Oxford to Walton on Thames.

Phil was one of only 24 people to complete the full 90 miles in three days.



New members

AndyDianaWelcome to new members, Andy Eddleston and Diana Portman.

Andy has duathlon experience and wants to get into triathlon. He's competing in the Exmoor 70.3 in June 2011 and wants to improve his swim technique.

Diana wants to improve her fitness and race speed/technique.


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