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London Region Event of the Year 2012

Crystal Palace Triathlon

Members of CPT collecting the London Region Event of the Year trophy

Triathlon England Membership



Super Saturday training dates

12 January
9 February
23 February
23 March

26 January - Running Technique Clinic with The Running School

Training schedule

2013 races to enter

6 Jan - Tadworth 10

26 Jan - Cold Water Swimming Championships

10 Mar - Crystal Palace 10k

14 Apr - East London Half Marathon

21 Apr - Kingfisher Duathlon (London League)

28 Apr - Ful-On Duathlon (London League)

9 Jun - White Oak Triathlon

Novice rides

A series of coach-led novice rides led by Scott, aiming to continue building confidence, speed and endurance.

5 January
19 January
2 February
16 February
2 March
16 March

See the full Training schedule.


2012 news - December

CPT in action


parkrun results - 29 December

Brockwell parkrun
85th 35:43 Malcolm Hicks

Bromley parkrun
67th 24:39 Brian Morris

Crystal Palace parkrun
35th 24:49 Dave Crockwell
59th 28:32 Glyn Tully

Dulwich parkrun
50th 24:56 Sheila Horsman (1st time)

Hilly Fields parkrun
3rd 20:13 Clare Elms (1st time / 1st female)

The PBs page has been updated.


parkrun results - 22 and 25 December

22 December

Bushy parkrun
430th 32:04 Carole Jackson

Crystal Palace parkrun
3rd 18:35 Keith Brewster

Dulwich parkrun
20th 21:24 Ron Yee (PB)

25 December

Brockwell parkrun
7th 19:58 Mark Brown
33rd 25:27 Brigit Brown

The PBs page has been updated.


CPT Twitter Page @CPT_TriClubThanks to Rob, CPT is now on Twitter!

Please follow and we'll follow you back.

If you use Twitter, then you'll know that it can be a good way of sharing and receiving news and messages relevant to you. The CPT page will help provide a base for you to connect with the Club, and directly with other members. If you haven't taken the plunge yet, then now is as good a time as any!

The news page now has a Twitter feed (on the left!).


Club Championship races 2013The following races will make up the Club Championships next year:

Duathlon: Dragon Slayer - 14 April

Aquathlon: Kingfisher - 21 April

Sprint:  Hillingdon (not open yet) - 9 June

Middle:  Sussex - 7 July

Standard:  Bewl - 11 August

The championships open up a 'race within a race', as Club members (in Club kit) get a chance to challenge their fellow Club mates of the same gender for Club position, with prizes and website immortality for the top three in each group.

Please let Karen know once you have entered these so that we can put you on the race matrix. Dragon Slayer and Kingfisher (Hillingdon TBC) are doubly-important as they are also London League races. CPT's official London League team will be the fastest five finishers (including at least one vet and one female), and because it is determined after the event, there is everything to play for! The Mob match prize goes to the club with the largest number of participants, and we are currently the defending champions of that trophy.

So whether you're planning to make some of these your A races, or could benefit from using the races as a good training session in preparation for other goals, the Club really needs you to get involved. If you think you can make it onto the top five team, then good luck and race hard, as the team will be officially announced on the website after each race. Just as last year, Club members are also reimbursed a portion of the entry fee if they either complete a minimum number of races, or make the team. Details on that to be confirmed soon.


Members in printRichard made an appearance in the December issue of 220, wearing Club kit, in a race report after winning the Mud & Mayhem Duathlon.

Rob appeared in a GE advert (top right image) congratulating the GB team following their success at the World Championships in Auckland, that appeared in the December issue of TriNews.

Richard and Rob in the News


Festive Reindeer Run - 19 DecemberThe rain obviously put Santa's elfs and reindeers off running to Bernie's grotto this evening! Unfortunately Carl was unable to attend due to family commitments, but a hardy few braved the weather, with the call of port and stilton enticing them to follow in Santa's footsteps.

Bruce and I were enjoying a quiet night in front of the TV when we were disturbed by a rowdy bunch of carol singers inviting us to join them for some festive fayre! The Wednesday night runners continued on their way in the rain and we followed shortly afterwards in the car! Suse decided not to stop and continued her run.

The rest of us enjoyed some delicious cheese and crackers, pate, red wine, port and Karen's homemade chocolate orange truffles and white chocolate and cranberry fudge.

Thanks to Bernie and Cilla for their seasonal hospitality.

Xmas runners


John's poemAs most of you know by now, John P stood down as Club Chairman after nine years. Selwyn wrote a tribute poem and Lisa did a drawing, which was presented to John, along with a silver tankard at the Christmas party.

Selwyn reading John P's poemSuch kind words and thanks to John at the AGM, how could I compete?
A poem I thought, it would be no mean feat
With endless material and ammunition on John
I’d throw a few lines together, it wouldn’t take me long

So JP, a big person….ality, where do I start?
About your swim training, Marathon des Sables, DNF or how kind, generous you are, the man with the huge heart!

One discipline you’ll see John train at and that’s in the pool
You can’t miss him; he’s the one with the huge bow wave that pushes you into the wall.
JH cheerfully announces kicking drills - Oh what a joy!
‘Forget that’ JP smiles as he reaches for the pull buoy.
And off he motors to the other end and turns causing a tidal wave
The lifeguards become alert and look out for anyone they need to save.

John loves his extreme races and entered Marathon des Sables in 2010
Unfortunately, he’s got unfinished business; you’re doing it again when?
Poor John got his hand bitten, excruciating back pain and they were tight with his water supply.
So end of day two, he was in the first aid tent with five intravenous drips and the Mara des Sables, he had to say ‘Goodbye!’
So moving away from running in 50 degrees heat and endless sand,
John loves these crazy long distance events so has of course been involved with the Ironman brand.

John's presentationHis best time - 14:56:24 in Austria 2004
And wouldn’t stop there, continues to do more.
Remember a different story, Austria 2008?
Cutting it very fine, another 1 minute 46 more and you would have been too late!
Must mention his nutrition at Weymouth Middle Distance, he’s such a bloke.
Halfway round the race, half dying, he stopped at a petrol station for a Mars bar and a Coke!

I didn’t want to mention it but on occasion you’ve received the DNF medal
(Discontinued not Failure)
But what do you expect with little turbo training and never going outside for a pedal!
As Treasurer Brian said, if JP put the same hours into training as he does into the Committee/Tri movement and shared the same devotion
At the top of the Club League, JP would cause quite a commotion!

Lisa's drawing of John PSo onto JP as the Club Chairman for an amazing long spell
I think you’d all agree, it’s been an honour for the Club, he has done so well
Such great changes - rise in member numbers, affordable kit and top training with John as Chair
Big boots to fill, so who would dare?
Karen Ayers is the answer as we all know.
And we have every confidence Karen will put on a good show!
But back to JP who works so hard in the background, so kind, generous and his huge heart
So as a little thank you from us all, some of Lisa’s fine art!

So please be upstanding and raise your wine glasses and beers
To John Petrides and his fantastic nine years!


Super Saturday - 15 DecemberWe had another successful Super Saturday training session at High Elms on Saturday 15 December, with 21 attendees split into three groups.

Jon's group included the climbs of Rushmore Hill (climbed twice), Cudham Lane and a light dessert of Old Hill, all incorporated into a 90 minute continuous ride, covering 41k. Everyone was in the zone!

James reported the run loop we used in the Country Park was 2k, so I guess we ran approx 8k on the undulating terrain.

Phil's group did the same hills but also a descent of the Cudham Tester. Apparently they had to wait for him on a couple of the climbs!

Scott's group took on Rushmore Hill, Starhill, Old Hill and Shire Lane, covering 30k in 85 minutes, with a few stops to regroup and take on tips and directions. We also picked James up along the way as his chain had come off and he didn't see which direction his group went in. Scott says
"Everyone rode very well and should be proud of themselves".

The next Super Saturday takes place on 12 January.


2012 Technical Officials Photo of the YearJohn rescuing Sky DraperAfter some strong campaigning John P's photo has received the most votes, over 43%, in the 2012 Technical Officials Photo of the Year competition. His winning photo, showing John rescuing junior triathlete Sky Draper, will be published in the December Technical Officers newsletter and he will get a special 'winners' gift. Thanks for voting.


parkrun results - 8 and 15 December

8 December

Brockwell parkrun
146th 34:04 Malcolm Hicks

Bromley parkrun
5th 18:34 Keith Brewster

Bushy parkrun
602nd 31:52 Carole Jackson (PB)

Crystal Palace parkrun
24th 22:19 Phil Feldman

Hilly Fields parkrun
45th 30:11 Fintan Culwin (1st time)

15 December

Bromley parkrun
22nd 20:25 Geoff Dillon

Bushy parkrun
623 31:46 Carole Jackson (PB)

Crystal Palace parkrun
26th 24:03 Dave Crockwell

The PBs page has been updated.


Festive Reindeer Run - 19 DecemberWednesday night's run has a festive theme, so get out your santa hats and reindeer antlers out and join Carl to see the Christmas lights of SE London and a quick stop en-route for a glass of port and a mince pie. Meet at 19:30 in the top car park at Crystal Palace.


JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship Congratulations to Rob Parry, who was one of four from his company who made up the winning male team in the JPM Corporate Challenge earlier this year, and has won an expenses paid trip to the Championships in New York in 2013.


Christmas swim sessionsBrian, our swim coordinator, has confirmed the following swim sessions over Christmas:

Tuesday 18 December: St Josephs - On
Friday 21 December: Trinity - On
Thursday 20 & 27 December: Forest Hill - On
Friday 28 December: Trinity - No session


Weekend results - 8-9 DecemberFintan completed the Hilly Fields parkrun on Saturday and reports:

It may have only been 5k
It may have taken me 30min 11sec
I may have come 45th out of about 55
It was my first organised run for 15 months
It was a personal best for that course
I did not go slipity bump in the muddy bits
It means my groin injury is finally healing and 
I should be back in training in 2013. 

Fintan at Hilly Fields parkrun

More parkrun results to follow soon.

Mark at the Mince Pie 10Brigit and Mark travelled to the Brighton area for the Mince Pie 10 on Sunday 9 December. Mark says "It was a varied and tough course (about 40% on and 60% off road) with some lovely views of the sea and the Downs. We both improved on our times from our last visit three years ago".

Photos can be seen on the Sussex Sports Photography website.


Novice bike session at Cadence - 8 DecemberScott coached a very successful novice session at Cadence on Saturday. We all rode a rolling route through the Dordogne on the Tacx Genius Multiplayer turbos, with Scott offering advice on cadence, watts, gear selection and encouragement.

It was a really good workout and I'd highly recommend a session, especially when it's too icy to go out on the road, as it's a very different experience to doing a turbo session at home.

All the data from our ride was sent on to us by email so we can study our average speed, watts, distance and have something to beat next time!,

Sally on the cycling treadmillWhile we were testing out the turbos, Sally was put through her paces on the prototype cycling treadmill (the first lady to have a go). Sally says it's a similar experience to riding on rollers, but the closer you get to the front it speeds up and you have to drop back (but not off the back) to slow it down. Luckily Des was on hand to give Sally some assistance and advice but she stayed upright and successfully cycled for 30 minutes.

We, obviously, treated ourselves to the usual delicious homemade cake and tea/coffee afterwards. We had definitely earnt it!

Photos can also be seen on Flickr.


Hall of FameWe had another London 2012 visitor to our offices this week. Lord Coe personally thanked the Games Makers for their contribution to the success of London 2012. Employees were invited to submit questions for Lord Coe prior to his visit and one of mine was chosen. Those of us who were Games Makers were invited to wear our uniform 'one last time'. It was a bit nerve racking standing up in front of about 2000 people, but I managed to ask, What are you most proud of, winning your own gold medals or putting on the best Olympics Games ever at London 2012?

Lord Coe and Karen Ayers

He replied that the day before the annoucement that London had won the bid, all those with Olympic medals (including Tanni Grey-Thompson, Colin Jackson, Daley Thompson, Kelly Holmes) who worked on the bid agreed that they would happily give up their individual achievements to secure London as the host city for London 2012.


Christmas party and Awards presentation - 1 DecemberMany thanks to Dean for organising a very successful party, even though he wasn't able to attend himself.

Awards were presented to all this year's Club Champions, including the Coach's Award which was presented to Kati Pusey and The Ridings Trophy to John Petrides. If you weren't present to collect your trophy on the night, please liaise with John who has them in a safe place!

A special presentation was made to John P as a thank you for his nine years as Club Chairman, including a poem, written and read, by Selwyn (to be reproduced here shortly).

In the excitement of the night, I forgot to present thank yous to our coaches and to Cathy for her assistance with the Club League this year. Apologies and I will ensure that your vouchers find their way to you.

Brian took some great photos which can be seen on his Flickr site.


Pirie 10 results - 2 DecemberDespite a late night at the Christmas party some of die-hard CPT members made it to the Pirie 10 on Sunday morning, even Phil F who also went on to the post-party party at the Westow and couldn't possibly have been in bed before 03:30.

Clare (representing Dulwich Runners) was the first female. Unfortunately Lisa had to pull out after the first five mile lap as her trail shoes were giving her blisters (or was it her party shoes from the night before?!). She says "It was a shame as I felt great otherwise and was on course for a fast time. Absolutely gorgeous run and weather. At least I got a good five mile training run in".

I've also created a PBs page for the Pirie 10.


parkrun results - 1 DecemberBushy parkrun
639th 32:00 Carole Jackson

The PBs page has been updated.


Novice ride - 24 NovemberScott led out nine brave novice riders who came out and faced the elements on Saturday 24 November. He says "It wasn't that bad out there once we got going and everyone rode very well within our rapidly improving group. We rode a new more challenging route and everyone was up to the challenge. It was also good to see a few new faces in our group of committed riders. Everyone now has time to dry out, warm up and get their bike nice and clean ready for our next session on 8 December at Cadence, in the warm, on the turbo trainers.

Once again a very big thank you to Sally and Karen for their help and assistance. Without them it would a much tougher job, your help is very much appreciated".

Feedback from the riders:
"First time on the novice ride on Saturday and despite the terrible conditions it was great fun. Thank you Sally, Karen and Scott. Can't wait 'til the next one." Fay

"Yes, big thanks to Scott, Sally and Karen.  It’s one thing going out in the cold and rain for your own entertainment and altogether another to do it as a service to other people.  I must say I’d turned a bit ‘feral’ by the end – so cold I couldn’t think straight and I was very glad I wasn’t supposed to be the responsible adult; I could think only of getting myself home and into a hot bath.  But I learned a lot about what kit I might need to survive those sorts of conditions another time!" Gillie

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