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2011 news - March

CPT in action

Mar 31

Training fees - new quarter starts 1 AprilA reminder to anyone who has paid the quarterly training fee, the first quarter is now over and payment is due commencing 1 April. If you've made it to lots of sessions, you may want to consider paying the annual fee for the rest of the year. See the training fees page for details of how much is due. You can, of course, pay £5 per session on a pay as you go basis if you prefer.

Mar 31

Training schedule updatedJon has updated the training schedule. Sessions for April through to Sunday 8 May are now on the schedule.

Mar 31

TriNews feature on the Crystal Palace TriathlonRead an article about the Crystal Palace Triathlon being awarded BTF Event of the Year 2010 in the March edition of TriNews (PDF).

Mar 31

CPT Juniors @ the SwimathonOur team, 'The CPT 5', is participating in Swimathon 2011 next weekend, in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Never before has a Crystal Palace Junior Triathlete team undertaken this challenge. We are going to swim 5K as a relay team and hope to raise lots of money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and get ready for the triathlon season too! Please go to our sponsorship website If you would like to sponsor us 'The CPT 5'
The money we raise will enable more of their nurses to provide care and support to people with cancer and other terminal illnesses. Marie Curie Nurses work through the day and night providing this care, 365 days a year. £20 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse for one hour in a patient’s home.
If you prefer not to sponsor online, we will have a form available at training sessions.  With so many CPT members just a couple of pounds from many of you will make a huge difference to this worthy cause.
Thanks for your generosity and support.
Mali, Harry, Luc, Elle & Dom
Crystal Palace Junior Triathletes

Mali Harry Luc Elle Dominic

Mar 31

Hillingdon cycle circuit - 10 AprilInvitation to all - we have the Hillingdon cycle circuit at Minet Park (UB4 0LP) booked for a junior training session on Sunday 10 April [08:30-12:30].

It is a phenomenal facility, now with a great clubhouse. We would really welcome adult members (ALL abilities) coming along to use the track too - there is more than enough space, it is a great motivator for the kids and you might even enjoy it? Only £3 for the session.

It is only 20 miles from Crystal Palace and takes less than an hour to get there on a Sunday morning by car or bike!?

There are a couple of warm-up duathlons there on 3 April and 1 May.

Mar 31

Sunday 3 AprilThis Sunday, as it will be a week before the Sevenoaks Triathlon, which a few club members are participating in, there will be a led ride to the start at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, then the race loop itself, followed by a ride home.

Karen has kindly offered to lead the ride down, setting off from the Green at 9.00 sharp and expects to be at the Leisure Centre by 10.30 at the latest. The distance is 16.5 miles by the most direct route, the race loop is 15.2 miles according to the 7Oaks website and then about 16.5 miles back. You can of course drive down to Sevenoaks and meet Karen there and/or get the train back afterwards, depending on your current level of fitness. Karen will aim to average between 14 and 16 mph and there will be a coffee stop before heading back to Elmers End.

Sounds like fun; for the rest of us there will be the offer of something longer and faster and no doubt with no coffee stop. If enough people turn up at Elmers End there may also be a slower group doing a shorter route too.

See you there; 8.45 for 9.00.

Mar 29

Saturday 2 April trainingThis Saturday's session will be circuit training on the indoor track. The session will run from 09:30 until 11:00.

Please pay at Reception and get an armband to allow you access to the indoor track. Those who have paid the annual training fee will also need to pay entrance for the track but there will be no further payment to the Club. For everyone else there is a £1.50 fee.

Mar 29

Good Friday at the VelodromeYou may have heard that an alternative Good Friday event will be held this year at Herne Hill.  It will be more family friendly than the official event that has moved up to Manchester. There'll be opportunities for novices to try track cycling every hour on the hour and Rolapaluza will be there for static roller racing. There will also be some display racing which should be good fun. 

More info on the Velodrome website.

Mar 27

Weekend results - 26-27 March

Bromley parkrun
4th Keith Brewster 18:13 (PB)

Richard running at the Ten-Point Summit MTB DuathlonCrystal Palace parkrun
9th Emanuele Vignoli 21:15
14th Dave Crockwell 23:13

Some great times at the Paddock Wood Half Marathon, with Gary and Audrey both getting PBs. Photographs (below) can be seen on the Sussex Sport Photography website.

Richard (right) came 2nd in his age group at the Ten-Point Summit MTB Duathlon.

CPT at Paddock Wood

Mar 27

Fintan's marathon double bubble

Fintan running the New York MarathonIn 2002, I was foolish enough to run my first London Marathon. I have run every London Marathon since and on 17 April I shall be running my 10th consecutive London Marathon. This would have also been my 19th marathon, but that did not seem right so I have entered the Brighton Marathon one week before on 10 April. Hence I shall be running two marathons on two consecutive Sundays in order to make my 10th consecutive London Marathon my 20th ever marathon.

I am sure you know the reason why I am supporting St. Thomas' Lupus Trust; but just in case the reason is here on Seana's Page. Details of all of my existing 18 marathons are here on my running page.

There is still no cure for Lupus but there are some very promising new drugs which may treat it. The money you donate will be used to fund research into treating, and someday possibly curing, Lupus. 

You can sponsor me via my JustGiving page.

Mar 21

Dave seeks sponsorshipDavidIt's that time of year! The sun is making an appearance, the birds are looking amorous, lambs frolic in the fields and I've been pounding the streets of south east London for several months in an attempt to be fit enough to run the London Marathon. I think I've failed but I'm going to give it a go anyway and I'm going to try, as Rastamouse would say, to make a bad thing good and raise some cash for a fantastic London charity.

The 999 Club, based in south east London, helps people with all kinds of problems from the homeless and people with drug, alcohol and mental health issues to those who are elderly or alone and gives support, guidance and a friendly person to talk to.

You can donate to my Virgin Giving site and don't forget to sign up for Gift Aid which will mean the government will add to the donation!

Thanks for reading and I'll let you know how I get on! David

Mar 20

Weekend results - 19-20 March

Brockwell Park parkrun
54th Brigit Brown 25:17 (1st time)

Crystal Palace parkrun
2nd Peter Mack 18:56 (PB)

Dave running the Brutal 10Also on Saturday, Dave (right) completed the Brutal 10 a tough 10k run that All About Triathlons climbs is their most savage event to date, Photos can be viewed on the Sussex Sport Photography website. Rob and Chris raced the Dambuster Duathlon.

On Sunday, CPT was represented at the Hastings Half Marathon. Fintan found the run tough this year with nothing in his legs for the hills, although his partner Maria had a good run, knocking 11 minutes off her previous half marathon time!

James cycling the Burgess Hill sportiveJames (left) achieved a Gold time at the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic cyclosportive. Photos on Sportive Photo.

Richard raced at the Luton Triathlon but unfortunately the results reported earlier this week were from last year! (Photo below right)

Results are now in from the Cranleigh 21, where Gary ran, proudly displaying CPT kit (although he appears to have stripped off somewhere around the course!). Photos can be viewed on the Sussex Sport Photography website.

Gary with sleeves Gary sleeveless Richard finishing the Luton Triathlon

Mar 17

Herne Hill Velodrome public meetingSave the VelodromeThe second public meeting in the Save the Herne Hill Velodrome campaign will be held on Tuesday 22 March in the Great Hall of Dulwich College, from 19:30. 

Your support is needed to save one of the oldest cycling tracks in Britain and the last remaining finals venue from the 1948 Olympic Games. This is a great facility for cyclists and the local community, including our own Club. Don't lose it.

Mar 17

Club discount at BC Bikes DulwichBC Bikes DulwichAlex from BC Bikes in East Dulwich is currently offering a 10% discount on all parts and accessories, with a 5% discount on new bikes to Crystal Palace Triathletes.

Mar 17

Rob's Lanzarote trainingRobRob has been doing some 'warm weather' training in Lanzarote but unfortunately it has rained every single day. Rob says "I came off my bike on Saturday and had to go to hospital - got road rash all down my arm, back, hip and leg, and had to have stitches in my knee (could see the bone!). Needless to say the training isn't going quite to plan.

Update: Rob is back now and says the wounds are healing up nicely. He'll be back in the pool on Tuesday.

Mar 16

New memberBernieWelcome back to Bernie Duke. Bernie goes on record as being the only member to rejoin three times!.

Mar 15

Abu Dhabi International Triathlon - Sprint - 12 March

MarkReport by Mark Thomas

Yes it is very extravagant. I know but please indulge me. Several mitigating factors aligned: I had some air miles to use, I needed a motivator to get me back to some sort of race form, I have an incredibly generous natured wife and I am a spoilt brat.

So off I went half way round the world for a long weekend. 36 degrees in the shade. Clear blue waters of 21 degrees and dolphins jumping clear of the water on the practice swim. It was all coming good. They like their races long over there. There were three distances of pain on offer. The long course (3/200/20), short (1.5/100/10) or sprint (0.75/50/5). Needless to say, I went for the ‘sprint’. I may be extravagant but I am not mad.

Checking out the course in Abu Dhabi

The long course had all the top names in ultra tri racing for the 50,000 top prize money. The sprint had a mixture of first timers and old timers as well as some young pretenders. It was quite a thrill on the bike to be overhauled by the pros on their second lap. I like to think I gave them a run for their 50K.

Mark on the bike in Abu Dhabi - Marathon PhotosAnyway back to my race where the real action was of course. The swim went well with 11.20 on the clock (good for me) then onto the scorchio bike ride. Lots of ‘keep left !’ as I picked my way through the previous wave’s tail enders. Out along the Corniche then along the motorway. All closed roads and as smooth as Jon H on the dance floor.

Now here comes the tricky bit……the race guide said turn at the ‘short course’ turn but that would have been way too short so I (along with almost all the rest of the field) went to the next turn. The marshal assured me (and those that followed) that this was the sprint turn. So, round I went. It came in at about 46 km. There was another turn about 2 km further on which some went on to. Luckily most of the fast boys took this option.

Mark on the run in Abu Dhabi - Marathon PhotosAnyway, let’s not dwell on details. Suffice it to say that I got back to T2 in reasonable shape. I was cheered through and set off on the furnace run course. How the pros managed 20k in that heat I do not know. Anyway, I pushed on and crossed the line in about 1.58. The distances are odd so I didn’t know whether this was any good. 

To cut a long story (and a ‘sprint’ course) short: I won (in CPT kit)!

Race photographs from Marathon Photos.

Mar 13

Weekend results - 12-13 March

Brockwell Park parkrun
11th 19:16 Mark Brown (current Brockwell Park record for male vet 45-49)

Bromley parkrun
12th Darren Jackson 20:18 (PB)
37th Dave Crockwell 23:29

Brockwell Park parkrun have posted some times from 5 March when they had problems with their timing system, which gives Rob a new PB and makes him top of the leader board.

On Saturday 12 March, Katie took part in the Dirty Double Adventure Race, which involved two 8k assault course runs and a 30k off-road bike.

KarinOn Sunday 13 March, Jonathon and Steve raced the Wimbledon 10k and Emanuele the Sevenoaks 10k. Karin completed the Spitfire 20 as part of her London Marathon training (photo from Sussex Sport Photography).

Congratulations to Sara for completing her first cyclosportive, the Spring Onion, 106km with 1600m of climbing. Sara says " The Spring Onion was really quite a challenge, never seen so many lean mean fighting machines and the bikes weren't bad either! In a triathlon you usually see someone on  a mountain bike giving it a good go for the first time ... not here! Had to get off and push up this hill that just looked like a wall but I wasn't the only one!".

Late result
From Sunday 6 March, Matt and Richard raced the Maidstone Duathlon. Richard says "I know that it's usually pretty safe to assume I always DNF, but last weekend I did manage to stagger over a finish line at the Maidstone Duathlon".

Mar 10

Saturday 12 March

There will be a run session on the athletics track from 09:30-11:00 on Saturday. This will be coached by Phil.

The parkrun at Crystal Palace is cancelled due to the Bromley schools cross country event.

It will be busy in the park because of the event so leave plenty of time for parking. Please pay at the main reception for your track entry and be ready to start at 09:30.

Mar 09

Chain Reaction Cycles

If you are order anything from Chain Reaction Cycles please use the links on our website to earn commission for the Club.

See the Discount page to find out where you can get discounts using your Club membership card and other sites that pay the Club affiliate commission.

Mar 07

New membersGavinMarkWelcome to new members Gavin King and Mark Brown. Gavin was a member a few years ago and is making a come-back and hopes to join us for some running and cycling. Mark's wife, Brigit, and son, Isaac are already CPT members.

Mar 07

Weekend results - 5-6 MarchHansThe weekend kicked off with the Spring Ballbuster. Hans has written a race report:

Lord knows why we sign up for races, especially something as mean and cruel as the Ballbuster, but Voy and I sure didn't when we set off at 5:50am on Saturday to make our way to Box Hill.  Just how cold was it going to be?  How do you get to bike mount Hanswithout ruining your cleats? How do you pace yourself in a race that has practically no flat sections?  At least it wasn't wet or windy we thought as we registered (with Voy carefully hiding his plastered wrist in his pocket).  We'd arrived in good time but there were some last minute glitches with two minutes to go before the start.  I realised I had left my gloves in the car and Peter Mack had left his timing chip.  My Garmin refused to find a satellite connection even though I had turned it on ten minutes before.  Since there are no distance markers, I would have to race on feel.
Peter and VoyThe run went well enough. I came in under my aim of 56mins, Voy and Peter ran together and went into T1 a few minutes later.  They caught me six miles or so into the bike, soon enough for me to worry that they might lap me (they didn't but the leads sure did).  After the first lap, PeterI realised I had made an elementary mistake when calculating my time target, having confused kilometers and miles and shooting for something wholly unrealistic.  After just under 1h35min, I went into T2 and ran off.  Problem was, I couldn't feel my feet and it took three miles or so to warm up.  As Jon H keeps telling us, multisport is all about running off the bike, and I realised I hadn't practiced that at all since last year.  I struggled to maintain the pace and shuffled up Zig Zag Road ("Come on, Crystal Palace, dig deep" shouted a passing cyclist on a training run) Voyand got across the finish line after 1:07:15 for the second run.  But it was the biking that let me down: whereas I placed 139th overall, on the bike I was 200th. 
Peter Mack turned in a supremely controlled effort (or so Voy tells me since I never saw Peter on the day!) to finish at 3:22:32.  Voy smashed through his target of a sub-3h30 finish, crossing the line in under 3h27, despite having his wrist in a cast and not wearing gloves on the Richardbike! I brought up the rear for CPT at 3:40:34. (Hans didn't realise Richard was also racing, as no CPT kit was in evidence!).  All in all a fine race, well organised, really challenging, with a surprising amount of crowd support and even a bit of sunshine around midday.  I must say though, the pain of unfolding our legs after the 90min drive back to Crystal Palace in the trusty but tiny Ford Fiesta was excruciating.   And come November, there will be the temptation of doing it all over again...

Photographs from Sportcam.

Joe and Sally completed the Crystal Palace parkrun, Joe in a very respectable second place on his first outing and Sally with a PB. All PBs can be found on the parkrun page.

Crystal Palace parkrun
2nd  19:07 Joe Kidson
34th 25:43 Sally Kidson (PB)

Unfortunately there were technical problems with the timing at the Brockwell Park parkrun which have robbed Rob of going top of the parkrun leader board. Rob recorded a PB of 17:43 on his Garmin. He'll just have to do it again another week! Mike and Mark also timed themselves and had times of 19:10 and 19:59 respectively.

Katie running at Leith HillOn Sunday Katie completed the Leith Hill Half Marathon, commenting "it was b*!!@y hard!".  Katie did in fact come third female, despite what the results say.  Second placed 'Kate' was in fact a man running with someone else's number.

A couple of members completed the 57 mile shorter Surrey Rumble cyclosportive on Sunday.

Steve and Louise Wells raced the Mornington Chasers Regents Park 10k. The results were gun to chip rather than chip to chip as Louise reports "we were a way behind the line at the start due to the number of people". They were both about 15 seconds quicker than the results show!

Mar 05

Lisa's art exhibitionArt ExhibitionLisa would like to invite everyone to her art exhibition at Candid Arts in Camden. There will be a mixture of triathlon-inspired illustrations and paintings, portraits and fictional work.

Candid Arts Trust
3 Torrens St, EC1V 1NQ
11-20 March

Mar 03

New memberWelcome to new member Cathy Thomas.

Mar 01

Spring run scheduleCarlCarl has put together the Wednesday night run schedule to see us through to the end of May.

The full training schedule currently runs to the end of March. Please note the following change to the schedule:

Sunday 6 March - The Hillingdon Cycle Circuit has been exclusively booked for a CPT junior training session. All adults are welcome to attend for an uncoached session, cost £3. This is a fantastic facility where everybody, of all abilities, can get some excellent experience without any interference from cars, pedestrians or wild animals! We also have use of the clubhouse and kitchen, so bring some tea, coffee and cakes with you. Use postcode - UB4 0LP - if you are using your sat nav.

Saturday 12 March - The Bromley schools cross country event is on at Crystal Palace so the mixed junior/adult session will be on the track, coached by Phil. Parking will be difficult on this day so make sure you leave plenty of time to be on the track ready to start at 09:30. You need to pay track entry at the main entrance before entering the track.

Mar 01

Travel update from MarcelMarcel in ChristchurchClaire and Marcel are currently travelling around the world with their latest stop, New Zealand. They were in the centre of Christchurch the day before the earthquake and staying in a campsite just on the outskirts when they felt the earth move under their feet. They were left with no power or electricity and had to walk, barefoot in places, until they were able to hitch hike their way out.

We are glad to hear they are both safe and able to continue with their travels.

Mar 01

Dave seeks sponsorshipDaveI'm not normally one to request sponsorship within the Club, however, if you take a moment to look at my Just Giving page you will see a recent tragedy has affected the lives of myself and the many other people who knew my brother. I hope to raise some money for a very worthy charity. Many thanks, Dave


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