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2011 news - April

CPT in action

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Weekend results - 23-25 AprilSaturday 23 April - There are no results yet from the Crystal Palace parkrun, we had a few CPT runners, including Greg who came first and Voy just six days after running the London Marathon!

Brockwell Park parkrun
4th 19:12 (PB) Mark Brown

Bromley parkrun
6th 18:18 (PB) Geoff Dillon
40th 21:03 Neil Barnes

There were a couple of sportives but no officials results yet. Adrian reports "I did 3:42 (not including a cake stop) at the Easter Classic (112km) yesterday but don't know my official time yet. I think I missed out on gold standard by a couple of minutes. But the cake was very good!

Keith, Sacha and JoeOn Monday it was the Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon, which was also a London League race. Mark T was very pleased to get a PB and just hold off Joe, one of our junior members.

Thanks to Sally for the photo.

London League update to follow.

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Saturday 23 April - parkrunAs there is no Club training session this Saturday we are encouraging as many CPT members as possible (adult and junior) to run the Crystal Palace parkrun instead.

If you haven't already registered for parkrun you must complete your registration before 6pm on Friday to ensure you are included in the results. You also need to printout your barcode and don't forget to bring it with you on the day.

The run starts at 9am next to the cafe in the park, near the lower car park in Thickett Road. See you on Saturday.

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Weekend results - 16-17 April DaveOn Saturday, Dave ran the Bolt Round the Holt half marathon. Dave says "I was way off the pace, not sure what happened there, it is quite a tough course though" The main reason Dave was running was to raise money for the charity Brake. If you haven't sponsored Dave yet, it's not too late to visit his Just Giving page and make a donation. Photos: Sussex Sport Photography.

Brockwell Park parkrun
Ella ran but there was a timing issue with everyone getting a time of 59:59.

Bromley parkrun
32nd 21:00 Neil Barnes

Crystal Palace parkrun
9th 22:04 Scott Wise

Peter in his GB kitOn Sunday Peter raced in Limerick at the ETU Duathlon European Championships Peter thought he was the only one from the Club there but John P was spotted in his role as assistant ITU technical director sorting out the transition in/outs.

Well done to everyone who completed the London Marathon. They have all been added the London Marathon roll of honour too.

Voy says "I am pleased I've improved my marathon PB by 23 minutes! I'm going to improve it more in Amsterdam. London Marathon is a great experience, I enjoyed it a lot!" Gary also got a marathon PB.

Fintan and MariaFintan ran London with his partner Maria, both dressed as Lupus butterflies. After Fintan's run at Brighton last weekend, Maria had a time of 5:30 in mind to beat. With the help of her faithful pacer she achieved her target - 5:29:46.

You can read Fintan's race report on his Running website. If you'd like to sponsor Fintan and Maria, who were raising money for Lupus, visit Fintan's JustGiving page.

London Marathon


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Saturday 16 April - Transition trainingThis Saturday's adult training session is all about transitions. Meet in the top car park at Crystal Palace with your bike, bike shoes, helmet, trainers etc and be coached on getting yourself through transition quickly and effectively saving a chunk (several minutes for some!) off your overall race time - could make the difference between several placings. Learn how to have your bike shoes ready on your bike for a quick mount/dismount and lots of other top tips from Jon H.

09.30-11:00, cost included in annual training fee or £5 for others. All abilities welcome.

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Race matrixWhile most people haven't even advised me of the races they are doing in 2011, Phil is one step ahead and has already updated me with the first race for 2012!

Phil will be doing the Brighton Marathon again on 15 April. So if anyone wants to join him entry is now open.

If you haven't let me know your 2011 events yet, please email so Cathy and I can stay on top of results for the website and the Club league.

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Training schedule update - 19 April - Evening rideTuesday 19 April: Eight riders turned up for the Tuesday night ride on 12 April, so Phil has agreed to lead another ride on the 19th. There will only be one group depending on numbers and abilities.

Lights will be required for this ride along Pilgrims Way. Meet at Elmers End for a prompt 7pm getaway.

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Beckenham Relays - 11 May 2011GregThe Beckenham Relays are taking place on Wednesday 11 May and for all those who have not competed before, have a look at the Beckenham Running Club website to find out more. It's usually an enjoyable night and in the past, CPT has got a good number of teams out. If you would like to take part, please let Greg know as soon as possible so he can allocate you into teams, with the aim of getting the fast people together.

Could you indicate what sort of time you currently run 5k, as that will help Greg with the allocation. You don't have to be fast to take part we entered teams of all abilities last year. Please do not complete an entry form, Greg will coordinate all entries on behalf of the Club.

Don't forget to wear your CPT kit and £2.50 will be collected from each runner on the night.

You can see photos from last year's Beckenham Relays on Flickr.

The Relays will replace the usual Wednesday evening run.

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Swimathon 2011John and Lisa completed the 5k Swimathon at Crystal Palace pool on Friday 8 April. Lisa finished in 1:45:14 and John just a few seconds behind (although on the website they’ve added a minute onto his time for some reasonm - 1:46:14). The organisers put John and Lisa in a lane with 10 slow breaststrokers which meant no good push offs and overtaking three or four times each length! So they were both very pleased with their times.

Even with the extra minute added on John got a PB (1:49:44 in 2010).

Lisa says next year's challenge is going to be the Dorney Lake 10k swim. Anyone want to join her?

Katie completed the 5k at Jags Sports Club in 1:24:33, Brian at Crystal Palace in 1:24:45.

BIG thank you from 'The CPT 5'On Saturday Harry, Mali, Luc, Elle and Dominic completed the Swimathon 5K team challenge in a time of 1 hour and 46 minutes, an average of 2 minutes 12 seconds per 100 metres!

They'd like to say "A BIG thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored us.  We've raised a massive £380 so far and there's still time to sponsor The CPT 5 if you didn't get round to it before".

Thank you!

Harry, Elle, Luc, Mali and Dominic

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Brighton Marathon reportReport by Richard Hamstead

RichardMy second Brighton Marathon, and third in all – again trying to get under the 4hr mark for the first time. Not to be unfortunately, the sun beat down and took its toll.

Probably the first time I have really hit the wall and to rub it in they actually build one over the course at Brighton at about mile 23 and making matters worse, that was the precise point that the 4hr pace man eased past me and left me behind.

The WallThe last five miles were very hard, but I was pleased to finish, 4:02 oh so close, oh so far.

I would recommend the Brighton Marathon, it's well organised from my experience; it's a pay and go event, my number has always turned up, I haven’t got lost yet on the course and there has always been space on route to run the pace you want. Entries are open for next year, just hoping for a cooler one.....

Brighton Marathon reportby Fintan Culwin

FintanOn Sunday 10 April I completed the Brighton marathon in a frankly disappointing 5h22min. I am still not sure exactly what happened. I was hoping for about 4h30min but things did not go at all well in the second half and I ended up walking for about four or five miles; the first time in 19 marathons I have had to do this. 

Surprise donationOne amazing thing did happen, at about 17 miles a stranger from the crowd run out and pressed a 20 pound note into my hand saying "That is for your sponsorship". I was so amazed, and starting to struggle with the running, that I did not stop to find out more. Almost as amazingly the event was photographed and posted onto flicker. Read my full narrative and view photos

Next Sunday I shall be running my 20th ever marathon and my 10th consecutive London marathon. I am not planning a fast time as I am running with my partner, Maria.

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 19 marathons are 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. Thank you.

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Club league updateAfter a weekend of two London League races and sufficient members starting Sevenoaks Tri, we have several entrants into the Club Leagues and current standings (although bear in mind you need three races to qualify) are:

Male senior: Keith Brewster in the lead followed by Sam Blackie
Male vet: Mark Thomas in 1st, Richard Lewey in 2nd and Emanuele Vignoli in 3rd place
Male super vet: Haydn Whitmore in 1st and Tim Thomas in 2nd place
Female senior: Michelle Carroll in 1st place
Female Vet: Ruki Sidhwa in 1st place
Female super vet: Beverley Hunt in 1st place

Full details of how the League works and the updated spreadsheets showing the calculations can be found on the Club League page.

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Cycling Time Trials (CTT)Greg, our cycling coordinator, has confirmed that CPT are members of CTT. For those of you who are interested in taking part in cycling time trials, you can download a copy of the Club's certificate of membership from the Members Only section of the website. Our Club name is not currently on the CTT website but Greg has asked them to rectify this. In the meantime please take a copy of the certificate along with you in case of any queries. Don't be disappointed by being turned away on the day.

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Weekend results - 9-10 AprilBrockwell Park parkrun
14th 19:37 Mark Brown

Bromley parkrun
24th 21:17 Neil Barnes

Crystal Palace parkrun
12th 23:20 Dave Crockwell

On Saturday, Mark and Tim were the only CPT members at the Ful-On Duathlon, so we don't get any points for the London League.

Sunday was a busier day with members racing at the Sevenoaks Sprint Triathlon and the Brighton, Paris and Rotterdam Marathons. Brian stayed closer to home and ran the Darent Valley 10k.

CPT in action at Sevenoaks Triathlon 2011

Sevenoaks photos from Sussex Sport Photography.

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Training schedule and training session - Sat 9 AprilSaturday 9 April: This Saturday's club training will comprise a turbo-run session, under the overhang of the Jubilee Stand at Crystal Palace NSC (near the Sports Injury Clinic entrance). 09:30-11:00, bring bike, turbo, trainers etc and drinks, hopefully it'll be a sunny one! Cathy isn't sure yet if we're going to have access to the club turbos so if you wish to borrow one please check with Cathy/Jon H beforehand to make sure one will be available. Session included in your annual training fee or £5 for others.
Note few changes to regular training sessions over the next month due to various Bank Holidays and facility closures etc - check out the training schedule for up to date details. Changes include:

No swimming on the following dates / venues:

St Joseph's - Tuesday 12 and 19 April.
Jon H and Phil will be leading two groups (15mph / 17mph) for an evening ride (lights required) from Elmers End - Pilgrims Way. Meet at 7pm on Tuesday 12th and Tuesday 19th (one group only on 19th).

Trinity - Friday 22 April.

Crystal Palace - Monday 25 April and 2 May.

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Cycle powered cycle film at velodrome - Sunday 17 AprilWhere better to watch the classic cycling movie, Belleville Rendez-vous (plus a selection of short cycling films), than in the surroundings of a 1948 Olympic venue, Herne Hill Velodrome?

The cinema will be bike-powered, courtesy of Electric Pedals with volunteers needed to keep the film going (if anyone has any energy left after racing in the second of the Spring Omnium events earlier in the day)!

Before the films, the track will be open from 6.30pm-8pm for a free open session (provided the track is dry). If you are aged 8+, simply bring your bike (normal bike with brakes and a freewheel - track bikes can ride any other day of the week) along and ride around our ex-London Olympic venue. Read the full story on the Velodrome website.

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New memberEmmaWelcome to new member Emma Mitchell.

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Weekend results - 2-3 AprilBromley parkrun
20th 19:08 James Falshaw (PB)
21st 19:09 Adrian Durran (PB)
76th 21:40 Neil Barnes
122nd 23:23 Dave Crockwell

Crystal Palace parkrun
5th 20:20 Jonathan Gough (1st run)

On Sunday, Peter raced the Votwo Duathlon at Dorney.  He says "Despite knocking four minutes off my time from February's race, in similar conditions, I finished in the same position".  He puts this down to better athletes coming out of hibernation!  

Three CPT members ran the inaugural Croydon Half Marathon and Karin ran the Les Witton Memorial Run, Dartford 10.

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