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Crystal Palace Triathlon

Super Saturday dates:

26 January - Running Technique Clinic with The Running School

9 February
23 February
23 March

Training schedule

Novice rides

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

2 February
16 February
2 March - HHV
16 March

See the full Training schedule.

2013 Club Championships

14 April: Dragon Slayer (Duathlon)

21 April: Kingfisher(Aquathlon)

9 June: Thorpe Sprint

7 July: Sussex (Middle distance)

11 August: Bewl (Standard)

Find out more about the Club Championships

Forthcoming events

3 February - Old Ports Reliability ride

17 March - Surrey Rumble sportive

7 April - Paddock Wood Half Marathon

7 April - The Fool's Errand sportive

26-28 April - Swimathon

Thorpe Lake Sprint Series
12 May, 9 June, 21 July,
18 August

2 June - Windrush Aquathlon (entries not open yet)

9 June - Mid-Sussex Triathlon / Aquabike

9 June - White Oak Sprint Triathlon


2013 news - January

CPT in action

Jan 31

Woodcote CX Sportive - Sunday 27 January Rob & Dan at the Woodcote CX SportiveDan and Rob rode the 80k route of the Woodcote CX Sportive on Sunday. Rob reports: This was a sportive with a difference, as parts of the course were along a mixture of bridleways, fire roads and single track, limiting the choice of bike to either MTB or cyclocrosser (both Dan and I plumped for the latter). The rapid thawing of all the snow from last week made for a very wet and muddy course – just what we had hoped for! After sticking together for the first half, we decided it was best to tackle at our own paces, as any gains I made on the ascents quickly evapourated on every technical descent where Dan would sail past me! Dan and I missed out on our photo-finish because he had been charitable enough to assist a puncture-victim a few ks from the end (I would of course have stopped as well if I had seen the guy. Honest.)

Dan Muddy Face WaltonI'd recommend this ride and will definitely think about doing it again next year (if only to make the gold standard that we just missed out on). It's very well organised, as long as you have GPS and download the course files that are sent in the race pack. Without these, I reckon we'd still be out there now – the signs around the course were terrible!

Here's the results:

Rob Parry – 3h43m silver
Dan Walton - 3h49m silver

Jan 31

Novice ride - Saturday 2 February The next 'not-so'novice' ride takes place on Saturday 2 February.

Meet at Elmers End for a 09:15 start for a steady two hour ride at c.18-20kph pace.

Phil will lead this week's ride continuing to look at technique whilst maintaining a cohesive group. The aim will be to continue to build up confidence, speed and endurance. members, new and old, are very welcome.

Rides will be held on: 16 February, 2 March and 16 March.

Junior rides also happen on these dates, at the same time, for two hours, meeting in the same place. We need adult riders to support the two junior groups, a medium paced group at c.22kph and a faster group at c.25kph. If you are able to help please email Jon to let him know.

Jan 30

parkrun results - 26 JanuaryBushy Park parkrun
865th 34:11 Carole Jackson

Bromley parkrun
141st 26:39 Emma Snowdon

Jan 29

Turbo session - Friday 1 FebruaryAs there is no Trinity swim session on the next two Fridays, Jon is organising an alternative session for this Friday, please see below;

Turbo / run outside the CPSIC (under Jubilee Stand)

Juniors 18:15-19:20
Adults 19:20 - 20:30

We have some club turbos but bring your own if you have one.

Session details will be explained on the night "but you know it will be good!".

Jan 28

Treasure Hunt - 2 February - location changeThe Treasure Hunt will now start and finish at The Dulwich Woodhouse.

It's a cosy, family friendly pub.  There's more parking, with bike racks and it's easily accessible using public transport, with a five minute walk from Sydenham Hill Station and also on bus route 202 between Crystal Palace and Sydenham Station

Sorry for short notice - The Crown and Greyhound suddenly took against being taken over by Pirates for a few hours!

Full details can be seen below.

Jan 28

New membersMattRubenWelcome to new members Matt Lawley and Ruben Perez.

Jan 26

Membership renewals due by 31 JanuaryA gentle reminder that you only have until Thursday 31 January to renew your membership. After this, you will have to rejoin as a new member, which means you will have to pay the joining fee on top of the annual membership.

If you do not intend on renewing, then please let Emily know.

Jan 26

Change to Club Champs sprint race

The Committee have been advised that entry numbers at Hillingdon will be limited to 110 so to avoid any risk of CPT members missing out, we have decided on an alternative for the Club Spinrt Championship, which is….

The Thorpe Sprint. This isn't a London League race, but It's on the same day, Sunday 9 June, and is a classic 750m/20k/5k open water format. Grant has secured a dedicated CPT wave for us, so we can have a proper head to head!

Details of all this year's championship races can be found on the Club Champs page.

Don't forget to let me know when you've entered this, and any other, race so your name can be added to the race matrix.

Jan 26

London League 2013

The London League race series for 2013 has been announced. Check out the link above and save under your Favourites, as race results/reports and league rankings are updated to this site throughout the year:

The first four races are open for entries, so please consider giving the classic Thames Turbo Sprint on 1 April a go.

Everyone who races is in with a chance of making it on the CPT London League Team (first 3 seniors + first female + first vet). 

Don't forget to get your entry added to the race matrix as all London League races count towards the Club League too.

Cashback deal!

The Club needs you to get involved in the London League, so if you enter and race in at least three of the events, the Club will reimburse you up to 50% of the entry fee, to be claimed and repaid at the end of the year. 

That's all for now. Happy entering, and no slacking on the training as you're doing it for CPT this year!!

Jan 25

parkrun challenge 2012 resultsLisa has worked out all the times for the qualifying parkruns in 2012.

Dave EllaCongratulations to Ella who was the most improved runner overall, with a 19% improvement at the Brockwell parkrun, and Dave Crockwell, with a 13% improvement at the Crystal Palace parkrun, was the most improved male runner.

We will run the challenge again in 2013. Find out how the challenge works and see the full 2012 results on the new parkrun challenge page.

Jan 25

parkrun challenge 2012 resultsLisa has worked out all the times for the qualifying parkruns in 2012.

Congratulations to Ella who was the most improved runner overall, with a 19% improvement at the Brockwell parkrun, and Dave Crockwell, with a 13% improvement at the Crystal Palace parkrun, was the most improved male runner.

We will run the challenge again in 2013. Find out how the challenge works and see the full 2012 results on the new parkrun challenge page.

Jan 25

New memberWelcome to new member Ross Berridge.

Jan 25

Treasure Hunt - Saturday 2 FebruarySelwyn has confirmed details for the first CPT social event of 2013, the Treasure Hunt. It kicks off 14:00 at the Dulwich Woodhouse.

You can run/walk it on your own, or in teams of two to three, (any juniors must be accompanied throughout by a responsible adult). It’s all on roads (sorry mud lovers) and there's a choice of two routes 5-7km (under 1 hour) or 10-12km (under 2 hours) plus a friendly helpline if you do decide to stray from the very easy route.

Dress code:
Well it is Pirate themed, so welcome to dress up for bonus points or proudly wear CPT kit to promote our Club and/or something warm!

Meet back at the Dulwich Woodhouse for a post Hunt drink!

Bring a writing implement on the day please!

Please let Selwyn know if you are planning to attend.

Jan 23

New memberJillyWelcome to Jilly Dolphin.

Jan 23

parkrun results - 19 JanuaryCrystal Palace parkrun
23rd 25:21 Dave Crockwell

Bromley parkrun
6th 19:57 Keith Brewster

Jan 22

Cold water swimmingMark swims regularly at Tooting Bec LIdo with a gruop of swimmers right through the winter. He swims there every Saturday morning. On Saturday 19 January the temperature was one degree when the photos were taken. Mark did eight lengths – then after a sauna a width without the wetsuit. Most of Mark's group don't think he's a true cold water swimmer as he normally wears a wetsuit, whereas most of the others don’t!

On Saturday 26 January, the Lido is hosting the National Cold Water Swimming Championships. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) it's too late to enter as it is already fully booked up with about 800 people from all around the UK taking part, but if anyone from the Club wants to watch, or take part in untimed swims in the Dipping Lane between races, details are on the SLSC website.

Mark at The Lido - January 2013

Jan 18

Richard at ThanetThanet Mountain Bike Duathlon resultCongratulations to Richard on coming 8th overall and 1st MV at the Thanet Mountain Bike Duathlon on Sunday 13 January.

Photos can be seen on PhotoBox.

Jan 18

Calling all members - Kingfisher AquathlonRob has some insider intel on Kingfisher Aquathlon registration. So far 15 CPT members have entered, whereas 25 Thames Turbo are already in. This tells me four things:

1. People aren't letting the webmasters know that they have entered races (as we only have 5 names down on the race matrix);

2. Kingfisher is filling up early;

3. Thames Turbo are a key rival who are getting more involved in the London League than they did last year; and….

3. At this rate they will be STEALING our mob match trophy away from us at the end of the year!!

Come on guys, today is the day that you all need to enter this race! It's cheap, loads of fun, and is the Club champs as well as being a London League event. We need each and every one of you who can possibly make it to join the red white and black lycra army, and show the rest of these jokers which Club rules over London town. Whether you choose to attack this as a training/recovery session or an A+++ focus event, your attendance counts.

I'll be coming back with more details on the London League, as soon as all the races for 2013 are confirmed. Until then, happy entering

Jan 18

Snow cancellationsDue to the snow, tonight's swim at Trinity has been cancelled.

The novice ride tomorrow has also been cancelled. The next ride will be on Saturday 2 February.

Jan 18

New membersLloydJaneWelcome to new members, Jane Ford, Lloyd Stephenson and James Martin.

Jan 15

parkrun results - 12 JanuaryCrystal Palace parkrun
31st 22:49 Sam Blackie (1st time)
45th 24:04 Dave Crockwell
94th 29:37 Helen Blackie (1st time)

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.

Jan 14

Next Committee meeting - 21 JanuaryThe next committee meeting takes place on Monday 21 January. If there is anything you would like raised on your behalf, your input and feedback is always appreciated, so please let Emily know before next Saturday.

Jan 14

Novice ride - Saturday 19 January - cancelledThe next 'not-so'novice' ride takes place on Saturday 19 January.

Meet at Elmers End for a 09:15 start for a steady two hour ride at c.18-20kph pace..

Scott will continue to lead these rides meeting at the same time, same place but introducing new routes and continuing to look at technique whilst maintaining a cohesive group. The aim will be to continue to build up confidence, speed and endurance. members, new and old, are very welcome.

Rides will be held on: 2 February, 16 February, 2 March and 16 March.

Junior rides also happen on these dates, at the same time, for two hours, meeting in the same place. We need adult riders to support the two junior groups, a medium paced group at c.22kph and a faster group at c.25kph. If you are able to help please email Jon to let him know.

Jan 14

London Cyclist BlogMark Brown thought members would be interested in a very interesting and informative article about cycle safety on the London Cyclist Blog, entitled 'What an RAF pilot can teach us about being safe on the road'.

Jan 14

Sunday ride - 13 JanuaryThere were 10 of us out on a chilly, but ice-free morning.

Noel and Rob P both wanted to keep their ride fairly short so did the Pilgrim’s Way route.

The rest of us, Jon H, Dan, Peter, Jim, Emma, Emily, Sally and myself, went to Box Hill. We set off in one group at quite a pace for Sally and I. We kept together until just after Coulsdon when Sally and I dropped back and eased the pace.

When we got to Headley, Sally took the top road to the cafe and I did the Zig Zag on my own. Sally sent me a text to say she was in the cafe thawing out so I met her there, good call!.

Jim popped in to say he, Emma and Emily weren’t stopping and we didn’t see Jon’s group again!

Sally and I cycled back a bit quicker, as it's pretty much downhill back to Coulsdon, but my feet were absolutely freezing by the time I got home, it was only because I was clipped in that I could turn the pedals!.

Update: I've just seen a Tweet from Rob saying that Noel's ride came to an abrupt end (of course at the furthest part of the route from home)...

Jan 12

Super Saturday - 12 JanuaryA great turnout on a chilly, but luckily dry, Saturday morning, with 25 keen adults and three juniors for a turbo/run session.

Jon split everyone into three groups, Scott led the faster athletes, Jon took another group and some of us went with Brian who was coaching the session as part of his British Triathlon Level 2 coaching qualification.

The focus was on technique and endurance and we were certainly put through our paces, before we cooled down and Scott led us through some stretches.

Photos of the pain can be seen on our Flick site.

There are four more extended Saturday sessions planned: 26 January, 9 February, 23 February, 23 March.

Jan 11

Sign British Cycling's e-petitionPlease sign British Cycling's e-petition to the Department of Transport to requesting changes to the driving test to make cycle awareness a core part of driver training and testing with emphasis on how much space to give cyclists and how to safely overtake cyclists.

Jan 10

New Year Treasure Hunt - Saturday 2 February Selwyn, our new social coordinator, is organising a Club treasure hunt at 14:00 on Saturday 2 February in Dulwich Park. He says that's all you need to know for now - instead of your usual weeken run,  why not come and do this instead?

It will be a good chance to meet and greet fellow Club members (adult and junior), hunt for treasure, have some fun (either on your own or as a team), with a 5k or 10k option and post-hunt celebratory drink in a local watering hole.

More details to follow on the e-group so keep your eyes open but save the date!

Jan 09

Super Saturday training session - 12 January

The next Super Saturday session will be a run and turbo session designed to blow the cobwebs away! The focus will continue to be on technique and endurance.

Meet at 09:20 by the gates to the CPNSC Track (besides CPSIC). Session ends: 12:00.

Session fee: £10 (no charge for annual training members)

The coaches have found it very helpful to their planning to know who is attending - Jon has asked me to encourage everybody who is aiming to be there to let me know by end of play on Thursday.

Please confirm you are attending by 00:00 on Thursday evening, 10 January by emailing: Sally.

If you need to borrow a Club Turbo please let Jon know.

There are four more extended Saturday sessions planned: 26 January, 9 February, 23 February, 23 March

Jan 09

parkrun results - 5 JanuaryCrystal Palace parkrun
24th 21:41 Suse Fairfax (1st female)
47th 24:13 Dave Crockwell

Jan 08

New membersSamHelenWelcome to husband and wife new members, Sam and Helen Blackie. Sam has been a member before but let his membership lapse.

Jan 07

CPT on FacebookThe more technologically savvy amongst you may have spotted that CPT has finally caught up with the ‘Social Media’ frenzy that’s been sweeping the globe for about the last eight years. Thanks to Grant, we now have a Club Facebook page.

So please feel free to socialise/chit chat, share race pics, post comments about training sessions, keep up to date with the latest Club news and at the same time you’ll be helping to promote our fantastic Club.  Please get online ASAP, ‘Like’ the page and join in.

Oh and if you haven’t done so already make sure you follow the Club’s Twitter feed @CPT_TriClub.

Jan 06

Sunday 6 January - ride report and resultsDespite the dreadful foggy weather this morning there was a reasonable turnout for the Sunday ride.

Emma, Cath, Peter and myself did the Pilgrim's Way route. It was a bit scary on the downhills as we couldn't see very far ahead into the fog. Unfortunately I have overindulged over Christmas so was the slowest up some of the hills. Thanks for waiting guys!

Jon H led a faster group round the Wrotham route, including Greg, Suse, Richard, Peter, Grant, Marcel and Mark (who has posted the ride to Strava).

Phil F was spotted doing his own thing and Brian S missed us by about five minutes at Elmers End as we left promptly at 09:00 for a change.

Meanwhile a number of members were braving Epsom Downs for the Tadworth 10. A few were running for the first time and three members got PBs (they've obviously taken their training more seriously than me over the holiday period!). I've updated the PBs page.

Cathy has finally banished her Tadworth demons, returning for the first time since 2004. She says she vaguely enjoyed it but agrees with Brigit that the hills seemed to have grown on the second lap! Brigit says it was a great way to dust off the holiday cobwebs,

Lisa reports that CPT did really well in the team results. Lauren, Lisa and Cathy came a very impressive 3rd place out of 31 ladies teams, and in the men's team competition Mark, John and Kevin came 11th and Haydn, Dave and Gary came 39th out of 49.


CPT at Tadworth 10

Photographs from Tadworth can be seen on the ProSportPhotos site.

Jan 06

220 Triathlon Awards - vote now!There are various categories in the 220 Awards where you can vote for CPT, particularly in the Race of the Year (with more than 500 entries) category. 

The Awards will be presented at the Triathlon Show at Sandown Park on 2 March 2013 and we'd love to add the Race of the Year award to our collection!

Visit the 220 Triathlon website to cast your vote.

Voting closes at midnight on Friday 11 January 2013, so vote now!

Jan 05

New memberMarkWelcome to new member Mark Coulson.

Jan 05

Old Portlians Reliability ride - 3 FebruaryGary has asked to let everyone know about the Old Portlians Reliability ride which he is organising again this year on 3 February.

It's a traditional reliability ride with no frills but with two fantastic routes, 100km and 68km through Kent, taking in the Ashdown Forest.

Entry on the day £5.00 . Cakes and hot drinks at start/finish.

Full details on the Old Ports website.

Gary says "It would be good to get as many CPTers out as possible".

(Karen - I'm tempted, weather permitting, anyone interested in joining me?)

Jan 05

New Year numbersThe New Year has got off to a good start with numbers up at Thursday's swim at Forest Hill and Friday's swim at Trinity. There was also a very good turnout for the Novice ride on Saturday morning, including a few new faces. Fintan videoed parts of the ride with his helmetcam, unfortunately because of the drizzly, grey conditions the quality isn't brilliant.Despite a small incident with Christmas present cleats, everyone had a great ride. Then it was a quick sprint up Anerley Hill (or in some cases a drive) for refreshments at Cadence!

Novice ride - 5 January

Fintan's videos can be viewed on his Flickr site.

The next novice ride will be on Saturday 19 January.

Jan 04

New membersGreigScottWelcome to two new members, Alistair Milne and Scott Barnes and one returning member, Greig Walker.

Jan 04

10k PBCongratulations to Janette for a PB at the Serpentine New Year's Day 10k on 1 January. A great start to 2013!

Jan 04

Tri Together 2013 - Sunday 1 SeptemberWinner of the Triathlon London Professional Event of the Year, Tri Together is a series of triathlons open to disabled and non-disabled people and are ideal for everyone from the complete beginner to the seasoned triathlete. Taking place at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday 1st September, take part on your own, in relay teams of twos or three or get the whole family involved with junior triathlon races open to those aged eight and over!

Beginners will be supported all the way to the finish line with training programmes, taster training sessions and opportunities to try alternative cycles and racing wheelchairs.

For more information or to register online, visit the TriTogether website or text TRI to 80878* ( *standard rates apply).


Jan 04

Change to Wednesday night run timeFollowing member feedback, we have changed the time of the Wednesday night run session. This will now begin at the slightly later time of 19:45, and generally lasts for around an hour, sometimes slightly less, sometimes slightly more!

If you haven't been along to a Club run before, now's the time to do so! Make it your New Year's resolution. All abilities catered for.

See the training schedule for full details.

Jan 02

10% member discount Visit the Ultra Marathon Running Store website to receive a
10% discount on purchases using the code: CPTRI.

Details of other companies offering members a 10% discount can be found on the Discounts for members page.

Jan 02

Le Bicycle - West WickhamA new bike shop. Le Bicycle, has recently opened in West Wickham opposite the Post Office in Station Road. Gary popped in for a couple of bits this week and met the owner Alex Duyckers. Alex is offering a 10% discount to CPT members, so if you are passing, please pop in say hello.

Visit the Le Bicycle website

Jan 02

CPT on StravaI have set up a CPT Strava feed on our Cycling page.

You can sign-up for free on the Strava website and then join the Crystal Palace Triathletes Club once you are signed-up.

You can then sync your GPS device with Strava and track all your runs and rides, compare your performance and stats with others and follow and compete against your friends and local athletes.

Jan 02

New Year race resultKevin was the only CPT member to race the New Year's Day Knacker Cracker. He didn't quite stretch to full fancy dress but his Santa hat goes very well with CPT kit!

Kevin running the Knacker Cracker

Jan 02

New memberAndreWelcome to our first new member of 2013, Andre Whyte.

Jan 02

parkrun results - 1 JanuaryDulwich parkrun
23rd 20:52 Ron Yee (PB)
84th 34:20 Malcolm Hicks (1st time)

Hilly Fields parkrun
2nd 19:13 Clare Elms (PB)
32nd 32:52 Fintan Culwin

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.

Jan 02

Fintan's cycling trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Over Xmas I took a holiday, cycling from Bangkok to Saigon, via Ankor Wat, on a hired Specialized Hardrock. Or to be more accurate cycled about half that distance, travelling the rest of the way by bus. I travelled with Exodus holidays in an international group of 18. My garmin says I cycled 280 miles in 9 days on the bike at an average of about 13mph. I probably sat out a further 50 or so possible cycling miles on the support bus. I had chosen to do this trip in December as it is the coolest driest month with daily highs of about 33. Unfortunately there was a heatwave and daily highs were about 40 with a riding temperature of 44 reported one day.

In general we avoided the main highways and used back roads, the journey was one of cycling contrasts. The Thai roads were very wide, very well surfaced and maintained and almost empty. The Cambodian roads were narrow, less well maintained and quite busy; apart from the Ankor Wat area where they were like the Thai roads. The Vietnamese roads were narrow less well maintained and quite busy. During the trip there were two crashes; a serious one on the second day caused by hitting a pothole at 25mph, extensive scrapes and two cracked ribs but he kept cycling; and a minor one caused by braking on lose gravel.

Fintan at Ankor Wat and yes that is a FOHH top

At Ankor Wat and yes that is a FOHH top.

My main reason for choosing this trip was to visit Ankor Wat. This is a Hindu and Buddhist temple complex dating from the 12th century. You can read the descriptions and look at the photographs, but you have to visit and be overwhelmed by it to really appreciate it. It should be on your personal list of places to visit. I had booked this trip in the summer when the physio falsely predicted that my groin had healed. I only got an all-clear to start serious training for this trip a few weeks before I went so I was not as strong as I would have liked but I think it demonstrates that my groin is finally healing. If you want more details just ask me after a training session, but be warned I might be difficult to stop if you do.

Photos are available on my Flickr site and helmet cam video at (Ankor Wat on Day 5, 21st December). 

Jan 01

2013 membership renewalDon't forget to renew your membership before 31 January. The new online membership renewal form allows you to complete and pay for more than one membership at a time.

Annual training fees
The annual training fee offers the best value to members attending three sessions per month, or just one session a week for nine months of the year.

£175 is payable by all renewing and new members to cover January-December 2013 (renewing members must pay the annual training fee by 15 March).

Jan 01

Happy New YearBest wishes to all our members for a very Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at training soon and hope you keep to your New Year Resolutions!

Rob has written a blog reflecting on 2012 - 2012 is going to take some beating! Here's to 2013...

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