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2011 news - June

CPT in action

jun 30

Club aquathlon - Friday 1 July at Trinity

The second Club Aquathon will take place at this Friday night's swim at Trinity.  The Aquathlons are open to all adult and junior members.  

The junior Aquathon will start at 19:30.  The adults at 20:00.  Please make sure you are ready on poolside by these times. 
The adult race consists of a 400m swim and three laps of the field.  For juniors, the distance will vary dependent on age.
Adults, you must race at least two races out of the three dates and the average from your two best times will give you your final score.  A first place trophy will be awarded to the male and female winner at the Christmas party.

Cost of entry is the usual swim fee (or included within quarterly or annual swim fee) for adults and juniors.

From 20:00 we will also try to ensure a couple of lanes are still available for those who want a normal swim.

The third Club Aquathlon will be held on Friday 29 July.

jun 30

Road ride with the coaches - ALL abilities - Saturday 9 July

We want to get more Club members out on the road on a regular basis.

Next Saturday 9 July, we are looking to try out a format with two ability-based groups each being led by a coach. The ride will be 2 hours starting and finishing at Elmers End roundabout (plenty of parking in the side roads around and about if you are not cycling there).  Setting off at 09:30. All abilities are strongly encouraged to come and ride - each group will be focusing on the basics of good group etiquette and technique and will work together. Nobody will be left behind.

Please make sure your bike is in good working order, bring plenty to drink, an energy snack, pump and spare inner tube and your mobile phone.

We hope to be able to offer more of these sessions starting in September if we get a good response next week - so please support this one for starters.

jun 29

Half year 'all-in' training fee

Just a reminder to those members who still pay session by session. The Club offers an 'all in' training fee which is excellent value if you’re a regular attendee at the training sessions. It is still possible to take this up...  for £100 you could come to as many training sessions as you like between 1 July and 31 December - so if you come to at least one session a week this will be a bargain (and it makes it a lot easier for those collecting money too!).

Just pay at one of the sessions this month to get the benefit Full details can be seen on the Training fees page.

jun 29

TriTogether - Volunteers needed

Leonard Cheshire Disability are looking for volunteers to help at their new TriTogether triathlon. TriTogether is designed for disabled and non-disabled people to swim, bike and run side by side. 

They need experienced triathletes as volunteers to provide support and unrivalled knowledge to participants, many of whom are complete novices. So if you aren't racing yourself, why not volunteer?

Find out more and register to become a volunteer.

jun 28

League update

Cathy reports on two more League qualifying events - the Dambuster and this weekend's Bridge Triathlon (also the Club Champs). We have many new scores to add to the Club League and a few changes on the leaderboard. Congratulations to Jon H, Jim Lucas and Karen Ayers who all won their age/gender categories at the Bridge. Ranks for the top three are as below, for the remainder please see the League Spreadsheet. Remember that three races as a minimum are needed to qualify so if you have less than this at the end of the season your score won't count and the interim scores can be quite skewed by single results:

Male senior: James Nellist, Keith Brewster, Neil Pusey
Male vets: Jon Horsman, Greg Lewis, Mark Thomas
Male supervets: Jim Lucas, Noel Murphy, Haydn Whitmore

Female senior: Suse Fairfax, Katie Crowe, Cathy Cooke
Female vets: Kati Pusey, Sheila Horsman, Ruki Sidhwa
Female supervets: Karen Ayers,Sally Kidson, Beverley Hunt

jun 28

Club summer BBQ

Bruce and I will be hosting this year's summer BBQ on Saturday 23 July. Tickets are £7 per meat-eater and £5 if you are a vegetarian. Please pay Suse or I at a Club training session. You can also pay direct into the Club account but you need to let Suse know so that we can keep a record of payments and ensure we buy enough food on the day (BYO drinks).

jun 27

Weekend results - 25-26 June

parkrun results from Saturday 25 June:

Brockwell Park
7th 19:26 Mark Brown

Crystal Palace
17th 23:36 Dave Crockwell
24th 24:29 Paul Morrissey (PB)

On Saturday Mark did the ETU sprint race and on Sunday Richard did the standard race in Pontevedra in Spain.

On Sunday Sara raced a new middle distance event, the Cotswold 113 Triathlon, Phil F opted for the sprint distance at the Bridge, while 29 members raced the standard distance Bridge Triathlon to decide who is this year's Club Champions. Grant lost his timing chip so has no splits and Cathy and Mitch didn't finish (which just goes to show holidays in the US aren't good for you!). CPT picked up seven podium places. James has written a report of his experiences at Dartford, see article below.

CPT collecting trophies at The Bridge Triathlon

jun 27

The Bridge Triathlon race report

JamesBy James Ripley

On Sunday 26 June, 31 CPT members were entered for the Standard Distance Triathlon race organised by The Bridge Tri at Dartford Bridge.

My preparation for it had begun soon after completing my first (sprint) triathlon last May at Crystal Palace when I decided to train for a standard distance. I wasn’t sure which one to enter, but speaking to some other Club members and specifically Kati Pusey, the Dartford race was recommended for beginners as it was flat. 

I trained throughout the winter at Crystal Palace running track, Trinity School pool, Herne Hill Velodrome, Richmond Park and Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park mostly in parallel with my two children at the excellent junior sessions run by the Club.

However having bought my first wetsuit in December it wasn't until Easter that I was able to try it out. I tried it in the sea in Dorset, but forgot a hat and found I became dizzy and my head was too cold to swim any distance. Not being a BTF member meant I had to wait until Tooting Lido opened to the Public (on 28th May) to try again. When I did I found I wasn’t able to swim in it without getting acute feelings of claustrophobia, short of breath and finally panic. Consequently a week before the race I was looking at having to pull out because I couldn’t face the swim. Luckily we have some excellent coaches at the Club and I consulted Jon Horsman and he explained it is not uncommon for this to happen when you first wear a wetsuit and get into cold water. He offered to meet me at the Lido to give me some tips to overcome it. I jumped at his offer and managed to swim three x 91m lengths without stopping,  but then I began to shiver and he suggested I get out to warm up. It was now only five days before the race and I still hadn’t covered even a quarter of the race distance in cold water without stopping. Luckily my children don’t suffer with this anxiety and on the Thursday before the race I was back at the Lido and with their support I managed to swim the whole distance without stopping.

The Lake at the BridgeI rose at 4am on 26 June not having got to sleep until midnight, because of all the thoughts going round in my head, mostly tips from the coaches and what I had learnt in training. I tried to keep them all positive, but it wasn’t easy.

Luckily I had the pleasure of Jon’s and my two children’s company on the journey to Dartford, which was a great way to prevent dwelling on negative thoughts before the race.

James in the lake at The BridgeWhen we arrived the sky was overcast, but the forecast was for a very hot (29˚C) sunny day. We parked beside the lake and could see the buoys marking the course. We made our way round to where all the tents marked registration and after a short wait in the queue I had my pack and goody bag. There were no changing facilities as the race is basically just some tents set up on an industrial estate beside the Thames, but changing al fresco all adds to the experience. It was reassuring to see so many other CPT members milling around and it wasn’t very long before the announcer called our (3rd) wave to the swim start.

James exiting the swim at the BridgeRemembering what Jon had suggested, I got in the lake and did my pre-race activities. We were soon started and after only about 300m I was cut up by a swimmer going to the wrong buoy who shoved me into another one who whacked my goggles with her hand. I moved to the back and followed another CPT member, Bruce for the rest of the race keeping out of the way of other swimmers.

James on his bike at The Bridge TriathlonThe bike leg was OK, but I found that taking gels caused a stomach ache and after 25km I started getting some calf cramp and back ache which made me slow down for the rest of the 42.5km bike section.

The run went well and was uneventful, but still painful, as both my calfs were getting stiff and sore, but I finished the three lap course without stopping. On the last lap one of the many friendly marshals shouted, “when are you going to stop smiling” and I realised I had been smiling  the whole way round, which just shows that I must have really been enjoying the pain, something that epitomises so many triathletes and what makes us carry on doing this high adrenaline sport.

James crossing the Finish line at The Bridge TriathlonWe didn’t get any medals for finishing, but CPT members did win trophys for their placings, so very well done to them (see results section of the website). For me just finishing my first open water standard distance triathlon without stopping was more than sufficient reward.

I’d like to thank CPT for providing all the support needed to complete the challenge that is triathlon, and also my family for all the support they have given me.

Photos taken by Sam Singer-Ripley and Emily Singer-Ripley.

jun 24

Dulwich 5k results

Instead of the usual Wednesday night run from Crystal Palace Park, CPT put out a strong team of runners at the Dulwich 5k on 22 June. Joe was the fastest from CPT on the night with Kati and Dave both getting PBs. There was a great array of Club kit on display, with most members sporting at least one item, which makes cheering and supporting so much easier. Selwyn and I made lots of noise and encouraged everyone to the Finish line, with some great sprint finishers and close battles. Unfortunately the battery in my camera was flat so there's no photographic evidence of the effort everyone put in to a muggy midweek race!

jun 22


triVIEWERTri 24/7 have launched GE's triVIEWER, an interactive, online race results visualization system which allows you to bring triathlon results to life by 'watching' your races, and comparing and tracking your performances versus your friends, rivals, celebrities, club mates - or indeed anyone else in the race.

The results from Weymouth are now available on triVIEWER.

jun 21

Evans Cycles affiliate scheme

If ordering from Evans, please use the link below to earn commission for the Club:.


jun 20

Weekend results - 18-19 June

A late result from the mid-week Tooting Bec Lido Evening Aquathlon, where Jon was 1st MV and Tim was 3rd MV.

On Saturday there was a CPT contingent at the Dambuster Triathlon, Peter ran the Midsummer Munro and says "It's advertised as "the hardest half in the UK" and they are probably correct. The course takes you up the steep trails and steps of Boxhill ten times and as soon as you hit the bottom they send you back up again. To make matters worse on two of the descents you have to cross stepping stones across a river which after Saturday's rain were 6" underwater. I still can hardly walk two days after the race".

parkrun results:

Brockwell Park
7th 19:13 Mark Brown

Crystal Palace
5th 19:57 Jonathan Gough (PB)
17th 23:14 Dave Crockwell (this was Dave's 50th parkrun, so he's the first member to receive a special 50 parkrun t-shirt)

On Sunday Karin completed the Lakeside Triathlon, Ruki ran the Richmond 10k and Ross and Joe finished the UK Ironman 70.3 at Wimbleball. Andy also finished but he reports "unfortunately my chip came off in the swim melee but I did manage to complete a horribly hilly, wet muddy course in 7.15 in the end! Probably the worst thing I've ever done but really pleased to have finished especially as half of the members of my team didn't make it. I couldn't have made the swim without the filmed swim coaching that Jon did and the subsequent drills - really helpful!".

jun 17

Megeve Time Sportive 2011

MarkReport by Mark Thomas

You watch the pros effortlessly glide up the great cols of the Alps and the Pyrenees and think.....'that looks like nice scenery and I do a bit of cycling so how hard can it be?'

MarkOff we set for a weekend of good company and a few kms of riding.  Myself (Garmin Cervelo/Leopard Trek depending on which kit is in the wash), Richard (Saxo Bank) Lewey and Peter (No label) Mack.

It was a long drive via the Eurotunnel but we did it in one and got there thanks largely to a medley of 80s pop. The main feature of the weekend being the Time Megeve Sportive

Day 1 Col des Saisies
Day 2 Col d'Aravis where we watched the Dauphine Libere come over the top with Wiggo in yellow (I am sure you know that he won overall; fighting off a challenge from the wasp chewing Cadel)
PeterDay 3 The Megeve Time sportive. Three distances were on offer of 85 (wimp two cols), 105 (think your are hard three cols) and 145 (you are hard four cols) kms.

We thought we were hard. The 105 km route took in the Col de la Colombiere (from the much tougher side) then the Col de la Croix Fry and finally Aravis. Our plan to 'ride together' fell apart almost immediately such is the competitive nature of the average middle aged triathlete.

Day 4 Smug feeling of accomplishment and gentle swim (run if you wear
armbands) to wash the remains of the lactate out.

RichardThe organisation was excellent with more than 2000 riders to cater for and lots of refreshment was on offer on top of each col. The 40 euro entry fee included an event limited edition cycle top (conveniently in CPT colours) and a rabbit stew at the finish with a glass of red wine and pudding (or two if you ride for Saxo bank).

Time is immaterial as I seem to remember we agreed at the start (guess who came in third) .........

How about a club outing next year? I have some friends with a couple of flats in our building. We could hire a mini bus. There is a great lake in Sallanches. I am getting carried away.

A bientot mes amis.

jun 17

Congratulations and best wishes

Congratulations to Theresa Hutchings who recently got married, to Rob Parry who got engaged in Australia and to Scott and Vicky on the birth of their baby, a son called Monty.

Best wishes to Alan Siu and his family who are relocating to Hong Kong.

jun 16

Midweek result

Richard raced at the midweek Triathlon Plus Mag Midweek Sprint Triathlon at Dorney Lake on Wednesday 16 June. F3 Events are organising another midweek race on 13 July.

jun 13

Weekend results - 10-12 June

Alan and James (yes, James running!)The weekend kicked off with the first in the Club Aquathlons at Trinity on Friday evening. There were only 10 members competing so would be good to get a better turnout at the next one! The race comprises a 400m swim and 2.5k run around the school playing fields. See article below for further details. View Brian's photos.

Paul running a PB at Crystal Palace parkrunThere were two PBs at the Crystal Palace parkrun on Saturday.

10th 21:33 PB Phil Feldman
23rd 23:05 Dave Crockwell
Hans running the South Downs Marathon42nd 25:31 PB Paul Morrissey

Hans completed the South Downs Marathon (point to point trail run).

On Sunday Mario knocked six minutes off last year's time at the Windsor Triathlon and Neil came 5th overall in the Sprint race. Photographs by Sportcam..

CPT at the Windsor Triathlon

Karen & Noel watching Ruki swim at the Mid-Sussex TriathlonNo PBs at the Mid-Sussex Triathlon as there was a last minute change to the bike route, due to local road closures, making it slightly longer. Although I did do my fastest 400m swim time, I came 2nd in my age-group, after limping round the run. Bruce won a spot-prize! (Photo: Noel and I giving Ruki points for her turns!). View the photos, which were available for free download. from Sussex Sport Photography.

Kirsten and Michelle completed the St Albans Half Marathon, while Grant and Geoff made it up the Waller Pain Hill Climb, a short but very steep challenge (210ft of climbing in 0.31 miles).

jun 10

Wales Sportive

Congratulations to Dawn for finishing 3rd female, and 34 out of 135 ocverall, at the IM Wales Sportive on Saturday 4 June. Dawn says "...kind of makes up for nearly getting swept out to sea". You can read Dawn's report below, if you haven't already.

jun 10

Midweek result

Tim and Emanuele raced at the midweek Hever Castle Sprint Triathlon on Wednesday 8 June. There is another midweek race in the series on 13 July.

jun 07

League update

Cathy reports on two more League qualifying events - Tooting Bec Aquathlon (Jon H was 1st in his category so another top score) and Weymouth Middle Distance Triathlon - so all change on the leaderboard. Full scores and ranks can be seen on the latest League Spreadsheet.

jun 07

Speedy Beaver - 29 May

CPT at BelvoirBy Sally Kidson

The Speedy Beaver – a race to entice the youngest pups through to the oldest dogs (who really should know better!). CPT was represented across the board on 29 May at what were also the British Sprint Championships and a qualifier for the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Europeans.

Belvoir CastleBelvoir (but you say bee-ver?) Castle is an imposing residence in the heart of huntin’ shootin’ and fishin’ country. We camped under the beady eye of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland (and their son, the Marquis of Granby) with pheasants flapping in the coppice behind us, the hounds baying from the kennels in the next covert and the stables handily placed next to transition.

SheilaThe fishin’ was mildly disturbed by five waves of a hundred swimmers plunging (or in some cases hopping) through the chilly lake early on Sunday morning (while the Rutlands were no doubt jigging away over their toast to the faint thump of garage music ascending to the turrets). I am not sure what the water equivalent of a dust storm is - but we swam through one!

The bracing waters were soon history after a long trot uphill to transition before launching into a strong headwind and the magnificent, rolling Belvoir countryside.  Surrounded by Sally on her bikevillages such as Branston, Stilton and Melton Mowbray the mouth watering bike ride was spiced by a steep climb and a heart stopping plummet back to the estate. 

We were all given plenty of encouragement by our faithful and emphatic ‘roadies’ – many thanks to Alice, Elle and Harry for making the out and back run just about bearable. The herd of Herefords, and their eighteen calves, had been moved to make way for us the day before and CPT ladies at the Speedy Beaverthe run route did give a stunning view over the lake (now a mud bath) to the castle.

This was a seriously full-on event – very well-organised, great course, fab camping – highly recommended for everybody from the speediest beaver to the steadiest vole.

Joe on the podium at Speedy Beaver / Jon & Joe

Kati's photos can be seen on Flickr.

jun 06

Dulwich 5k - Wednesday 22 June

Instead of a fartlek session on Wednesday 22 June, the Club session will be replaced by the Dulwich 5k.You can enter online or by post, or if the race isn’t full, on the night (although that option costs more!).

Juniors have to be a minimum of 13 years old on race day.

Get your entries in and don’t forget to wear Club kit on the night!

jun 06

Long Course Weekend - Seaside Rescue (long report coming up - sorry!)

By Dawn Rahman

DawnAs I have signed up for IM Wales in September, I persuaded Riaz to drive me to the Long Course Weekend in Tenby which allows you to test out the course over three separate days. Initially I had signed up for the 3.8km swim, a 72 mile bike (which missed off the repeat second loop of the IM bike course) and a half marathon. As I'm still nursing a running injury I'd already decided not to do the run. Riaz decided to do the 1.9km swim and the 72 mile bike.

I was really looking forward to the swim as I had a new wetsuit to try out, and although the sea was freezing (12 degrees) it looked pretty calm. It was a two lap course, (one lap for the 1.9km swim). I wished Riaz good luck and the claxon went off and in we ran.

TenbyAs I got to the first buoy it was absolute carnage... I had to tread water for a couple of minutes as about 50 swimmers tried to go around it. I had my goggles knocked off and got kicked a few times but once I was around it I managed to get clear water and finally got into my stroke. To my horror there were lots of jelly fish in the sea that day and 30 minutes into the swim I got stung right on the nose by one. The pain was quite intense so I stopped and one of the lifeguards on a surfboard stopped to let me rest for a minute whilst I sorted myself out. Once I'd got over the initial shock I kept swimming. Despite the fact I kept sighting it took me about 20 minutes to work out I had suddenly drifted way off course. I looked around and lots of Tenby south beachswimmers were treading water trying to work out what was happening. I kept trying to swim, and did so for another 20 minutes at least and was still going further out. I was actually starting to get a bit scared as I was so far away from the buoys and the sea was starting to get a bit choppy by now. After an hour and half of getting nowhere I, along with eight others in close proximity, got picked up by the RNLI and taken back to shore. Looking back from the boat it was carnage. Hundreds of swimmers had got caught in a rip tide and were drifting further and further out. Many swimmers (the clever ones) let themselves drift right across to the other side of the beach then sprinted 400 metres back to the finish line!

I was a bit worried about Riaz as this was his first open water swim, but luckily he'd been picked up by a lifeboat too and was already on shore. Turned out he got stung in the face by a jelly  fish too! Lots of people DNF'd and were pretty upset, not to mentioned terrified of what would happen for the IM course in September as apparently the conditions are always like that. To say it knocked my confidence is an understatement as had swam for an hour and a half and didn't even finish one 1.9km loop! There are some reports that they may have to rethink the swim course due to the majority of those taking part not finishing, and also due to how dangerous it actually was. The guys in the canoes and on surf boards could not cope with the huge numbers of people drifting off course and if it had not been for the RNLI there could have been serious trouble.

Tenby - Start of the marathon practise runLuckily the next day we both redeemed ourself on the bike course - which to put it mildly was brutal. I thought the IM Nice course was tough but I think this one is going to be even worse. The scenery was amazing but it was relentless - hill after hill after hill, and no major flat or downhill sections to recover on. It also included a 16% climb at mile 68 and for those doing the full course at mile 108, that will be interesting come September. That said, I really enjoyed it, and was amazed at the chivalry of the guys I was riding with when we went through some of the town sections, as they all took it upon Tenby - Run finishthemselves to shield me from the traffic. I didn't have the heart to tell them I commute in London so the few cars there were in Welsh villages weren't really what I would call 'traffic!'. I finished in 4 hours 20 and Riaz was not too far behind, and for once was actually smiling as he crossed the finish line and really enjoyed it despite how hot and tough a ride it had been. I have utmost respect for those who did the 112 mile ride and were tackling the marathon the next day (again a very hilly course).

So I now have about 98 days to IM Wales and will need to learn how to swim against a current (if anyone has any tips please let me know) and also get riding up as many hills as possible...oh and then there is the marathon bit isn't there? hmmm not going to think about that one for now!

jun 05

Weekend results - 4-5 June

Mark at BlenheimCongratulations to Mark Thomas on another podium finish. He came 2nd in his age group at the Blenheim Triathlon.

CPT also had two runners at the Beckenham 10k and one at the Whipsnade Zoo 10k.

WeymouthProvisional results from the Weymouth Middle Distance Club Championship race have been published. News is that it was wet and windy, with a stormy swim. Suse was 3rd female and the CPT men and women won the team prizes. The sea was pretty rough so the swim was shortened slightly, there was also a new bike and run Greg & Richard on the run at Weymouthroute this year, which met with approval from those who have done the race before. Unfortunately Audrey didn't finish the whole swim but did continue with the bike and run.

Jim was at Ellesmere for the Shropshire Triathlon.

jun 05

parkrun - Saturday 4 June

There was a bigger turnout than usual for the first anniversary Crystal Palace parkrun, with 82 runners taking part. A few brave runners wore fancy dress, including a gorilla on a very hot morning! Every runner got a bottle of Lucozade Sport Lite and there was an impressive range of homemade cakes to celebrate. Lots of PBs.

16th 22:01 Phil Feldman (PB)
25th 23:21 Dave Crockwell
26th 23:24 Bruce Ayers (PB)
28th 23:41 Kati Pusey (1st time)
37th 24:55 Ruki Sidhwa
44th 24:55 Paul Morrissey (PB)
51st 26:11 Adam Efrat (PB) - Junior
52nd 26:16 Sara Hoolahan (PB)
56th 26:45 Karen Ayers

jun 05

More photos - Beckenham Relays / Spain

Karen's photos from the Beckenham Relays, the training camp in Spain and the Crystal Palace parkrun on 23 April are now available on my Facebook page.

jun 02

parkrun - Saturday 4 June

There is no coached Club training session this Saturday, so why not come along to the Crystal Palace parkrun, which is celebrating it's first anniversary.

It's also parkrun runfree this Saturday. So get yourself and as many friends and family as possible to your local parkrun. You can wear your favourite fancy dress outfit, or your normal running gear, and bring along cakes, treats and drinks for an after-run picnic. Every runner will be given a bottle of Lucozade Sport Lite. Remember, if you haven't already, you must register at parkrun first and bring a printout of your barcode with you to the event. For more information on the event and the prizes to be won visit the Lucozade website.

jun 02

Club Aquathlons

2011 CPT Aquathons - Trinity - Friday 10 June, 1 July and 29 July

The Club Aquathons will take place at the Friday night Swim at Trinity this year.  Open to adult and junior members  (the junior club championship race (Cavs v Wiggos) is specifically Friday 10 June).  

We will start the junior race first, followed by adullts.

The Junior aquathon will start at 19:30.  The adults at 20:00.  Please make sure you are ready at poolside by these times please. 
The adult race consists of a 400m swim and three laps of the field.  For Juniors, the distance will vary dependent on age.
Adults, you must race at least two races out of the three dates and the average from your two best times will give you your final score.  A first place trophy will be awarded to the male and female winner at the Christmas party.

Cost of entry is the usual swim fee (or included within quarterly or annual swim fee) for adults and juniors.

From 20:00 we will also try to ensure a couple of lanes are still available for those who want a normal swim.

jun 02

Tooting Bec Lido Aquathlon

The first in Tooting Bec Lido Aquathlon series took place on Wednesday 1 June. Congratulations to Jon and Mark who were 1st and 2nd male vets.

jun 02

Late results

Some late results from the weekend.

Congratulations to Lauren who completed the full three days of the Tour of Wessex, covering 329 miles. James, Haydn and Selwyn completed the 1st and 2nd days.

Greg and Suse were first male (+1st MV) and first female at the Fishguard Triathlon on Sunday 29 May.

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