Some belated photos taken by Brian.
Photos from the Ride to Rye - 16-17 April.
Photos from the Beckenham Relays - 11 May.
Some belated photos taken by Brian.
Photos from the Ride to Rye - 16-17 April.
Photos from the Beckenham Relays - 11 May.
Grant has asked me to mention two aquathlons a friend of his is organising at Woldingham School. They are both mid-week events, comprising a 400m swim and a 5k run. Further information and entry details can be found on the TriProject website.
Weekend results - 28-30 MayJust a week after finishing Ironman Lanzarote Phil got a PB at Saturday's Crystal Palace parkrun! He came 8th overall in a time of 21:55.
Brigit also got a PB at the Brockwell Park parkrun. Brigit came 65th in a time of 24:25.
Geoff made an appearance at the Bromley parkrun, finishing 10th in 18:45 and Emanuele got a PB, finishing 30th in 20:25.
On Sunday 29th, Katie came 2nd in her age group, at the Hillingdon Triathlon and Jim 3rd in his age group at The Bridge Triathlon which was a qualifying race for Beijing.There were a number of CPT at the Speedy Beaver, which was a Euro and World qualifier. Joe came 3rd in his age group. Congratulations to Jon, Mark, Sally and Joe who all qualified for the Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championships to be held in April 2012.
(Photos by Sussex Sport Photography)
Voy ran his quickest ever 10k at the Bupa London 10k. He started in the same wave as Mo Farah (who won in 29:15) and Paula Radcliffe 33:17. He says it was "good to race behind champions!".
The Bexhill Lions Triathlon was turned into a duathlon. Hans reports:
The blustery conditions bode ill for my first tri of the season and by mid-Saturday, the organisers confirmed that there'd be a duathlon instead, shifting the 5km run to the beginning and adding a 2km run. When we looked at the surf on Sunday morning while shivering in the fierce westerly winds we couldn't help but think that the organisers had made the right decision. Each leg of the race involved heading west along the coast and back (twice for the bike leg). The contrast between heading out, directly into the wind, and returning was extraordinary and very noticeable even on the run. Times were OK and my overall standing much flattered by the absence of a swim leg. Not sure whether any fellow CPT competitors were there after Gavin pulled out but Ron was there and gave me friendly cheer into T1. The photo shows my son (no 97) and myself heading off for the 5km run.
I should add that two people approached me to say how much they had enjoyed our race last week!
On Monday 30th it was the third race in the Thames Turbo series. It was chilly and windy, especially for Grant and I who were in the last wave. We had to register before 06.45 but didn't start swimming until 08:45.
The water in the open air pool is lovely and warm but just made me feel colder when I got out. I put my faithful CPT bike jacket on as I was running back to T1.
There were road works on the bike course and competitors were given strict instructions that anyone jumping the lights would be DQd. Bruce and I were both unlucky enough to get caught at the red light and lost 1:30 on our bike splits.
Despite not having done much running for the last 10 weeks due to injury, I got my best run split at a Thames Turbo race! Must have been the deer on the course that made me run faster, I didn't fancy getting a nudge from the stags' antlers! There was great support from the marshals, a lot called our names as we went past, and then I could hear Bruce and Grant at the Finish line encouraging me to run for the line!
Grant, Bruce and Ella all got PBs but I won my age group. I got another glass cube trophy and a bag of Powerbar goodies. Luckily, I was tucking into a delicious bacon and egg baguette (James S would have been proud of me), so was still there when the presentations were made. Good to see Club colours other than TT in the line-up!
Cathy reports on the latest updates to the Club League. You can see full details on the latest League Spreadsheet.
29 May - After two more races qualifying for League points (IM Lanzarote and Speedy Beaver) we have some changes to the points and leaderboards in the various categories.
15 May - Two more events this weekend where five or more members competed and thereby qualified for Club League points - East Grinstead Tri and Hillingdon Tri (well recommended race - where else do you get give a jammy donut when finishing?). Anyway, I digress (mmmm... donuts....), several more members have their first entry to the League (including me!) and a few changes on the leaderboard. Well done to Beverley Hunt who has also now completed the required three races for the league.
8 May - Three of the many races this weekend qualified to be included in our Club League - Hatch End tri and Kingfisher Aquathlon (because they're both London League events) and also Volcano tri in Lanzarote (because we had the minimum of five members racing). Well done to all those who raced and especially to Jon Horsman and Greg Lewis who scored 'best in class' at their respective events and also to Mark Thomas who is the first member to complete the requisite three events for our Club League. The male vets is a hotly contested category in particular with some close scores.
4 May - After Tonbridge Triathlon (which had 10 club members competing and therefore qualifies as a League race) we have 10 new entrants into the Club League and an update on scores and the leaderboard. Many congratulations to Suse Fairfax who came 1st senior female overall and therefore scores our first perfect '1'.
Some of the Race sponsors kindly agreed to donate prizes for the marshals as well as spot and draw prizes for the competitors.
Unfortunately the SwimTrek weekend was won by one of the competitors! A full list of the prize winning competitors has been published on the race page.
Congratulations to the following marshals who won draw prizes:
SwimTrek/Zone 3 goody bag
Lisa wasn't able to run the Berlin Marathon last year due to injury, she says "I’m happy to say I’ll be running it this year instead and I’d like to invite you to sponsor me. I’m raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a cause which is close to my heart since my mum was diagnosed. You can sponsor me by following the link or see me at training for a paper sponsorship form".
Mat has asked if I could give an event he's involved in a plug. The Tri-Challenge takes place at Dorney Lake on 24 September. It's a team event whereby each member completes a leg after each other. Further information is on their website. Cost is £45 for each person. It's a great end of season event and we're hoping for another big turnout.
Grant has asked for two plugs, one for an event his brother is organising and one for a friend.
The Waller Pain Hill Climb takes place on Sunday 12 June in Caterham, details are available on the Caterham Round Table website.
There are two Wednesday evening aquathlons at Woldingham School on 20 July and 17 August. He says it’s a really lovely setting. The distances are 400m swim followed by a 5km run. Further details and to enter please visit their website.
Brockwell Park - 21 May
8th 18:37 Mark Thomas (1st time)
17th 20:27 Grant Georgiades (1st time)
Brockwell Park - 28 May
65th 24:25 Brigit Brown (PB)
Bromley - 28 May
10th 18:45 Geoff Dillon
30th 20:25 Emanuele Vignoli (PB)
Sessions will take place every Monday evening 6.30pm - dusk, from May to the end of September.
Please follow these instructions:
- Non 7Oaks Tri Club members must be current members of the BTF and produce their card when signing in.
- No swimming without signing in and safety equipment in place.
- Swim in anti-clockwise direction on designated routes.
- Wear brightly coloured swim hat
- Novice open water swimmers make themselves known when signing in
- Under 16s must be acccompanied by a parent or guardian
- Do not swim near the lake edge except when entering and exiting lake
- Follow marshall/lifeguard instructions
There are also early morning open water swimming sessions at Heron Lake in Wraysbury. These sessions are organised by Open Water Swimming and help raise funds to keep The British Disabled Water Skiing Association (BDWSA) running.
Backlog!Apologies for the lack of news so far this May (and the end of April). I was in Spain for the first week with Bruce and 13 other CPT members, cycling the hills of Almeria. More on that when I have time.
Since then, I've been completely snowed under with Race admin and haven't had a chance to catch up with news and results. So here's all the news in one hit!
Weekend results - 21-22 MayOn Saturday 21st CPT was represented at Ironman Lanzarote, which was rumoured to have been the last one, but entry is now open for 2012. Unfortunately Andy didn't quite break 12 hours but Phil did manage to stay under 14! Photos: finisherpix.com.
On Sunday 22nd the big event was, of course, our very own Crystal Palace Triathlon. Only members who have joined since the previous year's event are allowed to race and those picked by Jon H to represent the Club in the London League team. Congratulations to Joe on beating Jon H and to Suse for placing 3rd female.
Big thanks go to everyone else who helped out over the weekend, without you we wouldn't have an event, or any money for the Club coffers! Once again, feedback has been very positive and you can read some of the competitor comments on the race page.
Congratulations to the following marshals who were selected in the prize draw:
SwimTrek/Zone 3 goody bag:
James Ripley and Sheila Horsman TriTowel: Mitch Cooke,
Grid roller: Hans Geberbauer, Sara Hoolahan, Carl Plumpton and Katie Crowe.
Joe competed in the Merchant Taylors' Triathlon. He had already entered when he joined the Club and has promised he'll marshal next year!
Tim raced at the Bradford on Avon Triathlon, coming 2nd in his age group in his first race of the season.
Geoff took part in the 7th Orpington "Marafun" Marathon on Saturday. It's organised by a small charity called Footsteps and they put on an amazing array of races all on the same day, from 2k walk to full marathon. Geoff was hoping for nearer three hours and was on course at half way, but his legs stiffened up well ahead of schedule and from 15 miles on it was mind over matter. He says "The course has some quite severe hills and plenty of crossing busy roads, but it was better marshalled than it was two years ago when I did it, so I recommend it".
Sunday 15th from the East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon, where despite a new, slightly longer run route, Emma achieved a PB, Hillingdon Triathlon, where Cathy was 3rd female, Kati was 2nd in her age group, and Sally 3rd in hers, Etape Caledonia, where Dawn got a PB and Riaz had mechanical problems, and the inaugural Long Leg 100k Sportive, where I was the first female. You can read a report on the All About Triathlons blog.
Beckenham Relays - 11 MayCPT fielded eight teams (with a couple of spares replacing last-minute drop-outs) at Wednesday night's Beckenham Relays. There was some very competitive racing but it was good to see such a great turnout in CPT kit.
We were joined by junior triathlete Adam Efrat, who has written an amusing race report for the Junior website.
There were lots of CPT supporters cheering and encouraging. Thanks to James and Emma for hosting a post-race BBQ.
Some members obviously put in more effort than others! It has been suggested that we could have a 'Race Face' competition with these being the first two candidates!
We also thought we could offer a prize for the oldest item of Club kit, which on this occasion would have gone to Jim!
Weekend results - 8 MayA very busy weekend with results from the Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon, the Robin Buchan Open 25 Mile Time Trial, where Voy was back out on his bike, the Volcano Triathlon in Lanzarote, the HSV Tri-Force Spring Triathlon, the Banbury Triathlon, the Hairy Legs MTB Duathlon, the Hatch End Harrow Triathlon, where Jon H won his age group, and the London League Kingfisher Aquathlon, where Greg won his age group (apologies for missing this off originally!).
Hans reports from the Ranelagh Half:
The Kindness of Strangers: Another Sunday, another half marathon, this time around Richmond, Hampton Court and Petersham in a race organised by the Ranelagh Harriers. I got off to an all too swift a start along the mostly flat course and started losing pace from mile 10. Just beyond mile 12, I was shuffling along miserably, undoing all my hard work during the early part of the race, when a chap called David Hegarty I had stood next to at the start caught up with me. He had run the London Marathon four times in a single day (three laps of the course during the night, with the official London Marathon being the fourth lap) back in April and was using this as a recovery run. Rather than cruising past, he coached, encouraged and cajoled me all the way to finish line, making me pick up speed and finish in a decent time. I reckon his intervention must have improved my time by 40 to 50 seconds over the final mile of the race - a big difference on tired legs. Conversely, he could have easily finished a minute or two earlier. A generous man indeed.
Weekend results - 1-2 MayAnd a late one from 25 April, when Katie completed the 107 mile Cotswold Spring Classic Sportive in silver time.
Just two weeks after completing the London Marathon Voy completed the 101 mile Wiggle Super Series - Ups and Downs Sportive in silver time on 1 May.
Carole (pictured right) was the only CPT representative at the Steyning Sprint Triathlon in Arundel.
Crystal Palace - 23 April
1st 18:43 Greg Lewis (first run)
6th 20:39 Voy Kozielski
11th 22:07 Suse Fairfax
26th 24:11 Bruce Ayers
31st 25:49 Emma Snowdon
37th 27:16 Paul Morrissey (first run)
38th 27:18 Adam Efrat (PB)
Crystal Palace - 30 April
7th Emanuele VIGNOLI 40:39 (times not correct)
Crystal Palace - 7 May
17th 23:42 Dave Crockwell
31st 26:08 Glyn Tully
32nd 26:17 Paul Morrissey
Phil F also ran but hasn't been given a time, he either didn't register beforehand or forgot his barcode! He finished just ahead of Dave.
Brockwell Park - 7 May
67th 25:22 Brigit Brown
105th 31:33 Ella Fields
Crystal Palace - 14 May
22nd 23:31 Dave Crockwell
38th 25:45 Paul Morrissey (PB)