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Crystal Palace Triathlon

Super Sunday dates:

16 June

Training schedule

Novice rides

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

8 June
22 June
6 July
20 July

See the full Training schedule.

2013 Club Championships

9 June: Thorpe Sprint

7 July: Sussex (Middle distance)

11 August: Bewl (Standard)

Find out more about the Club Championships

Forthcoming events

29 May, 12 June, 26 June and 10 July - SLSC Tooting Lido Aquathlons

9 June, 21 July, 18 August - Thorpe Lake Sprint Series

2 June - Windrush Aquathlon

9 June - White Oak Sprint Triathlon

27 June Dulwich Runners Mid Summer 5k

4 August - TVT Concorde Sprint Triathlon

2013 news - May

CPT in action

May 31

Photos of CPT in action at the Crystal Palace Triathlon

Other photos
- General shots of the day
- Winners on the podium
- Brian's photos
- Photos by Jonas

May 31

Rachel FINALLY does a triathlon

Report by Rachel Vignoli

So after more than four years of being a CPT member, I have finally succumbed to doing a triathlon, the Dorney Midweek Triathlon on 29 May. I think I probably hold the award for being the longest serving member not to have raced? (I think Ron Y may hold the record but that's soon to be broken too!).

The weather was awful. Rained 'heavily' the whole way to Dorney despite the BBC forecast of light rain from 7pm so being quite superstitious, I thought it was a bad omen.

Rachel at Dorney Lake

The water was absolutely freezing (12 degrees apparently but felt a lot colder). I absolutely hated the swim and thought I was going to give up before having really started. I swam breaststroke for the first 350 metres as I couldn't catch my breath. I think it was probably a combination of nerves/ panic and the water temp.

Enjoyed the flat bike course despite the wind but legs cramped in T2 and I struggled to get my trainers on. When I finally got them on, I felt like I was running in my wellies.

Feels good to have done it though and it was a really well organised friendly event! I would definitely recommend it to other novices.

It was good racing with Em too, despite him being gutted with his time - two mins slower than last year...?

Next stop... Windrush!

PS from Emanuele: I got to transition post a freezing and busy swim worrying about how Rachel had coped... and she was already there taking her wetsuit off!

Rachel and Emanuele at a wet and cold Dorney Lake

May 31

Midweek result and a late result

The first of the SLSC Aquathlons was held at Tooting Bec Lido on Wednesday 29 May. Dave says it wasn't a bad night for CPT, with three age group winners!

Helen and Sam raced the Bupa London 10k on Monday 27 May.


May 29

parkrun results - 25 May

Brockwell parkrun
16th Mark Brown 19:20
54th Daniel Pinn 21:20 (First timer) - Junior
61st Matt Lawley 21:30 (First timer)
142nd Brigit Brown 25:09

Bromley parkrun
201st Emma Snowdon 27:01

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.

MAY28

Trinity Triathlon - 30 June - marshals needed

We have another big ask for support from everybody coming up on 30 June. As you know we have the use of the lovely Trinity School pool on Friday evenings (at a discounted rate) - in return we are committed to providing the support they need to help run the Trinity Junior Triathlon. It is a very special event which makes full use of the school's facilities and involves a major road closure!

It is a great event with an early start - the good news is that everything is done and dusted before lunch! Please could you let Ron Yee know (by return if possible) if you can possibly help out? We do need your help!

MAY28

Weekend results - 26-27 May

Lisi went home to Austria for the Austria Ironman 70.3 St.Pölten, where unfortunately the swim was cancelled. Keith and Richard ventured to Elveden Forest for The Tear Jerker Triathlon and Peter raced at Thames Turbo (report below).

Hans and Wim completed all three days of the Tour of Wessex and Grant the first two.

Tour of Wessex - Sportive Photos - http://sportivephoto.thirdlight.com/

MAY28

Thames Turbo 3 race report

PeterReport by Peter King

As it appeared that I was a lone CPT soldier heading deep into Thames Turbo territory the words of Henry V Act 3 Scene 1 occupied my thoughts after a 04.15 alarm. Thankfully it was a sunny chilly day that greeted Louise and I along with a whole host of triathlon virgins at Hampton Pool.

Louise, being the fish in disguise that she is, was off about 06.50 whilst I was relegated to a somewhat more relaxed 08.15 paddle. Thankfully, as often happens at Thames Turbo races I wasn't held up by anyone and indeed even overtook a couple of swimmers. It was only really my verging on the comical ducking under the lane ropes that gave me a swim time of 7.40 for the 426 metres
 
Arm warmers on and out on the bike for a route that is as bumpy as any "pave" you would hope to find between Paris and Roubaix. The beauty is, that with the seven minute dead time that is unique to Thames Turbo races, the bike leg in effect becomes a 21 km time trial and with that in mind I gave it a fair wallop. Not overly pleased with my 38 minutes but thankfully the bumpy road surface hadn't loosened any fillings and I still had time to shake out my aching glutes.
 
Back into to T2 and 53 seconds later out on a nice flat run route round Bushy Park. I am not a great fan of short distance races as I find them all a bit harem scarem so with my HR around the 175 to 180 level after 2.5 km I did wonder who I was going to meet first; My Maker or the Finish Line. Thank fully the latter swung into view and I clocked a 19.41 for the 5km which was the first time I had managed sub 20 minutes
 
Total Time 1:08:31 which was about five minutes quicker than last year and amazingly put me 4th in my AG. I haven't been as proud since I won a Blue Peter Badge aged 12.

MAY28

London League update - Crystal Palace Triathlon

RobUpdate by Rob Parry - Performance Coordinator

Well done to EVERYONE at our race last weekend. The hard work put in by the race committee, directors, organisers, marshals, cake-bakers, massage therapists, PA announcers, medal hander-outers etc etc all resulted in a race that we can be very proud of. Despite this, there was still a London League battle to be fought, from which CPT rose victorious!

Round 5: Crystal Palace Triathlon

League Scores: 1st: CPT (30); 2nd: London Fields (29); 3rd: SLH (28)
Overall after Round 5: 1st: CPT (118); 2nd London Fields (116); 3rd: Serpentine (108)

CPT London League team was:

Rob Parry, Greg Lewis, Mark Thomas, Dan Walton (new entry) and Suse Fairfax.

We were never going to have a chance in the Mob Match, given that most of the club were on marshal duties, coupled with the huge outing by Windrush (who had chosen our race for their club sprint champs), but despite that....

Mob Match Scores: 1st: Windrush (30); 2nd: Serpentine (29); 3rd: CPT (28)
Overall after Round 5: 1st CPT (115); 2nd: London Fields and Serpentine (113 each.)

CPT Mob Match team was the League Team plus:

Jon Horsman; Noel Murphy; Bruce Sharp; Rob Fisker-Van Veen; Sam Blackie; Andre Whyte; James Achenson; Jane Ford; Emily Parry; Mark Coulson; Scott Barnes; Lloyd Stephenson; Mark Hoolahan; James Mullarkey; Amy Aeron-Thomas; Helen Blackie

So CPT are top of both London League rankings, with just four of the nine rounds left to go. Check the London League page and get entering the races.

MAY28

Wednesday run - 29 May

Tempo run to improve speed and endurance over 10k races
19:30 Crystal Palace Station

Easy warm up in Crystal Palace Park, then a 20 minute run at tempo pace (which starts slightly slower than 10k race pace, building to 10k pace) following the parkrun route for as many laps as you can complete within the time. Please bring a stopwatch, and preferably a GPS to help monitor pace. Easy jog cool down. Session will last one hour.

MAY28

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

Rob was unable to stay to collect his 2nd place trophy or marshal at our race on 19 May as he flew out to New York that afternoon for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. His team came 5th overall.

MAY25

Late result - 11 May

Claire raced the Orpington Half Marathon on 11 May. Results took a while to appear on their website.

MAY25

From the archive - East Grinstead Triathlon

DerekReport by Derek Chitty

Following Derek's return to racing at East Grinstead earlier this month, he was inspired to look back and report on his memories of this race.

I was interested to see EG rankings and wondered if you would like to add my input. I competed in the very first EG back in '85 when the race was a longer event - 1000m swim, 44k bike and 10k run, basically double the present day sprint race. In those days they had massive results board set up in the field, about 30ft long 8ft high, where officials would walk along a raised platform and update all the times as they came in. The race soon became very popular and attracted some of the great names in tri at that time.

The event changed in '95 to the present sprint race and then incorporated a special 'women only' tri event. EG has built up a good reputation over the years and has always been a good, early season race.

Then in 2005, I received an invite to race in a special 20 year anniversary wave, containing those of us who competed in the very first EG. Quite a memorable occasion meeting up with some old friends again and although the competitive edge was still there some of the bodies struggled to respond. All in good spirit, together with a few dirty tricks! So, yes, EG has some good memories for me, having won quite a few age group medals over the years. 

I have listed below some of my times I have located which may be of interest.

1988 - 2:34:56 (1000m/44k/10k)
1992 - 2:27:53 (ditto)
1995 - 1:26:361st sprint (as today's race)
1999 - 1:24:03
2005 - 1:30:10 (20 year anniversary)

May 24

Crystal Palace Triathlon - 19 May

Congratulations to CPT members who competed in our own Crystal Palace Triathlon on Sunday. Particular well done to Rob Parry and Suse Fairfax who were second overall, and Greg Lewis who was first MSV.

A very big thank you to everyone who helped out over the weekend, especially to those who raced and marshalled, including a lot of our junior members. It’s a long, tiring weekend, but all helped to make our race a great success and competitors appreciated the friendly support and encouragement from our marshals.

Thanks also to everyone for the cake donations, a very impressive sum raised and also to Bevan and his team for the massage. Bev will report back on how much the massage raised.

Rob says "Just wanted to say thank you to everyone marshalling, directing, organising etc. From a competitor's perspective, the atmosphere and support around the course was absolutley amazing".

You can read some of the feedback from competitors on our race page.

Photographs taken by our members (more to follow) can be viewed on Flickr:

General shots of the day
Winners on the podium
Brian Morris Photography

MAY24

Weekend results - 17-19 May

Matt raced at the Eton SuperSprint on Sunday 19 May but didn’t get any splits as his tag came off in transition.

Neil raced at the Jones Lang LaSalle Property Triathlon on Friday 17 May.

May 22

parkrun results - 18 May

Crystal Palace parkrun
32nd Dave Crockwell 23:58

Dulwich parkrun
54th Rob Buckler 23:01 (First timer)

Maidstone parkrun
2nd Peter Mack 19:22 (First timer)

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.

MAY21

Open water season starts - Sunday 26 May

- Meet at 13:30 in the car park at Chipstead Lake
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Split into two groups for coach led ride
- Back to lake at 15:45
- Swim in lake (wetsuits and brightly coloured swim hats essential, boots and gloves optional)
- 17:15 close of session

This session is open to all adult members who are confident swimmers and a few select juniors (discuss with Jon if in doubt).

We have no rescue facilities available at the lake - your safety will be dependent on ensuring you sign in and sign out of the water, follow all safety instructions, do NOT swim alone but with at least one 'buddy' all the time and stay well within your capability. The session is, as always, entirely at your own risk.

Chipstead charge £5 per head for use of the lake and changing facilities - all swimmers must pay this fee. The CPT session fee is £5 - it is not coached but there will be two coaches to lead and guide on the bike and in the water - this is included in the annual training fee.

Please let Sally know by Saturday morning if you are planning to come along.

MAY21

Novice and 'not-so' novice ride - Saturday 25 May

The third of our 'summer' rides is this Saturday 25 May, setting off at 09:15 from Elmers End for a steady two hour ride at c. 18-20 kph into the Kent countryside. Depending on numbers we will ride as one or two groups with the focus on riding effectively as a group and supporting the slowest riders. The group(s) will be led by more experienced cyclists and there will be no session fee.

We need experienced adult riders to support this growing group - please do come along and give us a helping hand! You will get a good ride too.

Do get these dates in your diaries please!

8 June, 22 June, 6 July, 20 July

MAY18

Ironman Lanzarote

MarcelCongratulations to Marcel Garrad for completing Ironman Lanzarote in the fastest CPT time to date.

Marcel reports "Hard day in the office today with two punctures but enjoying a few post-race beers. Full race report to follow from the windy island".

It's not too late to sponsor him via his Virgin Money Giving page to mark his achievement.

The Ironman Roll of Honour has been updated.

Marcel had to make a dash for home whle celebrating post-race as his wife Clare had gone into labour. Nina Carmen was born the next morning. Congratulations to you all.

MAY18

More photos from the Beckenham Relays

MAY18

CPT leading the London League!

RobUpdate by Rob Parry - Performance Coordinator

Halfway through the 2013 season, and CPT is on top of both the league and the mob match league as well!

Fantastic effort, and well done to all those who have got out there, given it your all, and finished at least one of these races.

To those racing tomorrow: do not forget that this is London League race #5, so the other London clubs will be out in force, and desperate to claw back points from us. We have the home advantage - use it!

To all those marshalling/organising/directing/supporting: be proud to be a CPTer! Everyone else in London is envious of us right now. Let's make sure ours is the best race on the calendar.

London Fields Tri and Serpentine are hot on our heels, so we need to keep the momentum going. Next event after tomorrow is the Windrush Aquathlon on the 2 June. Local, well priced, and a fantastic lido and park that is tailor-made for racing. 

2 June is a busy weekend for racing, but despite that do we really only have 4 CPTers entered? There's over 50 Windrushers competing at our race tomorrow – would be great if we could reciprocate the favour.

Happy racing.

Full details of the London League can be found on the Triathlon London website.

MAY17

Club League update - No 6

Cathy, our Club League coordinator, reports: It appears that East Grinstead qualified for club league points with six members racing (albeit two unfortunately not on the race matrix but doesn't seem fair to penalise those who were by not giving them league points). Update to league scores as follows:
 
Female senior: Lauren Whitmore, Suse Fairfax, Emily Parry
Female vets: Ruki Sidhwa
Female Supervets: Louise Alan-Smith

Male senior: Rob Parry, James Nellist, Marcel Garrad
Male vets: Jon Horsman, Mark Brown, Mark Thomas
Male supervets: Greg Lewis, Brian Morris, Haydn Whitmore

According to the race matrix the next race to qualify for Club League points is Nottingham Sprint Triathlon on 1 June, so good luck to all those racing there - I know that gaining good club league points will out-trump any GB qualification in this race, and then Windrush Aquathlon on 2 June.

MAY17

Time trial results

Pete, Dan and Rob did the Old Portlians 10 mile TT on Saturday 11 May.  This course is just the other side of Dorking and one of the closest to Crystal Palace. 

On Sunday 12 May, Rob, Grant and Richard did the Norwood Paragon 25 mile TT, near Horsham, where they raced against Olympic medallist, Jo Rowsell.

Grant says he and Richard both beat Rob but that was only because he was subject to a 4 minute time penalty for being late. We figured 15-20 mins would be enough time to make the 4 miles to the start line in time from registration. It probably would have been if we’d had a clue where we were going.

Anyway other than the standard CPT time trial related calamity I thought it was a great course, well sign marshalled and posted (other than to the start line). Really recommend members give time trialling a go. It’s a great feeling being able to go flat out knowing that you don’t have to get off an do a run afterwards!

If you fancy giving TTs a go, there are two open 10 mile TTs coming up in June on the Dorking course. Both can be entered online:

1 June - Bec Cycling Club
15 June - Kingston Phoenix

The Old Portlians also have their 25 Mile time trial coming up on 2 June.

There are also 10 mile time trials in Richmond Park on 16 June, 30 June and 14 July. Enter online.

MAY17

Beckenham Relays - 15 May

We had six teams out for the Beckenham Relays on Wednesday 15 May, including one under 17s team. There was some pretty close dads vs sons racing with Isaac and Mark and Neil and Morris going head to head.

If you see Dean, ask him where he found Phil's car key!

Here are Brian's photos from the night:

MAY17

Race Report Mallorca 70.3

PeterReport by Peter King

This was my second time round at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca and I was determined to better my 5:47 from the previous year. Certainly my swim and run times had improved and I was armed with a much better nutrition plan. The only weak spot was the bike after the dreadful winter.
 
As usual, with an early morning beach start, it resembled the back end of an Ibiza Rave with wetsuit fancy dress option; pumping Euro house and a lot of wide eyed edgy racers.

I squeezed through to the front end and kept left and happily out of the worst of the bun fight. Out of the water in just under 32 min, a 5 min improvement, and then a very long hike of 500 metres to transition
 
2 mins gained in transition with better planning then out on to a lovely, traffic free, stunning scenery bike ride. 10km flat, 15km at 6% gradient then the rest is downhill or flat. You could not ask for a nicer bike route! It was about the 65km mark that the glutes really started protesting and with some fairly heavy winds my ETA started slipping. Finished with a 3:03 so room for improvement there.

A quicker T2 and out onto the run which was about 10 degrees cooler than 2012. The run course had been altered making it wider and with much less road furniture to avoid which is a definite improvement. My new and improved nutrition strategy had paid off on the bike and I felt confident heading out on the 3 x 7.0333km run. A quick loo stop and a quickish walk through 3 drinks stations helped me gather my mojo on a tough second loop and was able to post a 1:42 for the 21.1km

Pleased? You bet! Great coaching and good solid advice over the winter helped me achieve more than I was hoping and given me a great lift for the rest of the year.

Back again next year? Already entered and some other CPT'ers are in for the ride to.

Train Strong!

MAY16

Zone 3 wetsuit demo - Tuesday 21 May

Zone3, who have supported our triathlon for a number of years, will be at St Joseph’s on Tuesday 21 May with a selection of their wetsuits for you to try out and buy.

Craig will be there from 19:30 (please don’t enter the water until a coach is present at 20:00), so arrive early to meet Craig, chat, ask questions about wetsuits, triathlon and of course the Zone3 brand. This will give you a chance to try on the wetsuits before the session starts and then have a swim in them.

Audrey & KarenCraig will be present during both sessions, so anyone wanting to try one for the 21:00 session should get there early too.

This is a great opportunity to try before you buy. Audrey highly recommends her Zone 3 wetsuit and always seems to get out of it much quicker than I get out of my Orca!!

 

MAY16

Ironman Lanzarote sponsorship

MarcelMarcel will be doing Ironman Lanzarote on Saturday 18 May. Marcel is raising money for The Foundation for Conductive Education. This is a cause close to Marcel's heart as they have helped his three year old neice. Visit his Virgin Money Giving page to find out more and make a donation.

Good luck Marcel, have a great race!

May 15

parkrun results - 11 MayCongratulations to Rob Parry who ran a cracking time at Dulwich parkrun at the weekend. According to the Oracle (aka Karen) Rob's the first adult member to break 17 minutes!!

Crystal Palace parkrun
33rd Dave Crockwell 24:30

Dulwich parkrun
3rd Rob Parry 16:59 (First timer)
42nd Emily Parry 21:39 (First timer)
76th Scott Barnes 23:38 (First timer)

South Manchester parkrun
213th Ella Fields 27:17

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.

MAY12

Weekend results - 12 May

CPT members were racing today at the East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon, the PBs page has also been updated.

Congratulations to Cathy for her 2nd place at the Thorpe Sprint. Clare was a DNF as she injured her foot and couldn't start the run.

MAY12

Super Sunday - 12 May

Jon and Phil led the two ride groups from Chipstead Lake out to Wrotham, through Eynsford and Shoreham. Once back at the Lake we were joined by a few more members, donned our wetsuits and braved the decidedly chilly water (I'm still trying to warm my toes up!).

MAY11

Weekend results - 11 May

Congratulations to Peter for a PB at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, with a quicker swim and run than 2012.

Michelle and Lisi raced The All Nations Triathlon at Dorney Lake. This was Michelle's first open water swim and despite a few whacks in the water and a windy bike, she says it was great fun.

MAY11

Novice and 'not-so' novice ride - Saturday 11 May

There were 11 riders out for this morning's ride and luckily we managed to dodge the showers. For those of us who made it all the way back up Anerley Hill to Cadence, we covered 40k at just 20 kph.

MAY09

Open water season starts - Sunday 12 May

We have just heard that Chipstead Sailing Club are happy for us to swim in their lake this Sunday, which is great news. So we can confirm that there will be a Super Sunday - bike and swim session - this Sunday 12 May.

- Meet at 13:30 in the car park at Chipstead Lake
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Split into two groups for coach led ride to Wrotham
- Back to lake at 15:45
- Swim in lake (wetsuits and brightly coloured swim hats essential, boots and gloves optional)
- 17:15 close of session

This session is open to all adult members who are confident swimmers and a few select juniors (discuss with Jon if in doubt).

We have no rescue facilities available at the lake - your safety will be dependent on ensuring you sign in and sign out of the water, follow all safety instructions, do NOT swim alone but with at least one 'buddy' all the time and stay well within your capability. The session is, as always, entirely at your own risk.

Chipstead charge £5 per head for use of the lake and changing facilities - all swimmers must pay this fee. The CPT session fee is £5 - it is not coached but there will be two coaches to lead and guide on the bike and in the water - this is included in the annual training fee.

Please let Sally know by Saturday morning if you are planning to come along.

MAY09

Novice and 'not-so' novice ride - Saturday 11 May

The third of our 'summer' rides is this Saturday 11 May, setting off at 09:15 from Elmers End for a steady two hour ride at c. 18-20 kph into the Kent countryside. The weather looks set to be OK. Depending on numbers we will ride as one or two groups with the focus on riding effectively as a group and supporting the slowest riders. The group(s) will be led by more experienced cyclists and there will be no session fee.

We need experienced adult riders to support this growing group - please do come along and give us a helping hand! You will get a good ride too.

Do get these dates in your diaries please!

25 May, 8 June, 22 June, 6 July, 20 July

MAY09

Club League update - No 5

Tonbridge Triathlon qualified as a Club League event (by virtue of five members racing). Well done to Suse Fairfax (first female senior) and to Greg Lewis (first male supervet) who now get top scores for this event. The scores in some of the categories are now tantalisingly close....
 
Female senior: Lauren Whitmore; Suse Fairfax; Emily Parry
Female Vets: Ruki Sidhwa
Female Supervets: Louise Alan-Smith

Male Senior: Rob Parry; Marcel Garrad: Andrew Tappin
Male Vets: Jon Horsman; Mark Brown; Mark Thomas
Male Supervets: Greg Lewis; Brian Morris; Haydn Whitmore

According to the race matrix the next race to qualify for Club League points is Nottingham Sprint Triathlon on 1 June and then Windrush Aquathlon on 2 June.

May 08

parkrun results - 4 May  

Crystal Palace parkrun
79th Jilly Dolphin 27:43
83rd Mark Aeron-Thomas 28:04 (1st time)
86th Karen Ayers 28:22

Dulwich parkrun
17th Mark Thomas 19:14 (1st time)
19th James Nellist 19:26

Hilly Fields parkrun
71st Fintan Culwin 28:36 (PB)

South Manchester parkrun
189th Ella Fields 25:49 (PB)

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.

MAY06

Bank holiday ride - 6 May

Fintan enjoying a date sliceWe had a great turnout for today's ride to Box Hill, 28 riders including five of our faster juniors (you can read Adam's ride report on the Junior news page).

We split into three groups, with Jon, Dean and Phil leading. We had a lovely sunny stop at the top of the Zig Zag before a fast return ride, after weaving through a traffic jam along the top of Box Hill. Some of us made it back up Anerley Hill for further refreshments at Cadence.

CPT at Box Hill

Hans has put a video on Facebook, hope you can see it!

Adam, one of our junior members, has written a report about today's ride.

MAY06

Weekend results - 5-6 May

On Saturday, Jon raced the Hillingdon Duathlon, on Sunday, Greg raced the Box End Aquathlon (winning his age group), then came 3rd overall at the Tonbridge Triathlon on Monday! The Tonbridge results seem to be provisional as there are no age group placings so I'll update in due course. Congratulations to everyone who raced at Tonbridge and Thames Turbo.

A special mention goes to Derek Chitty who was doing his first race for three years. Derek says "Tonbridge was my first tester race to see how things would go, with the aim of just getting around the course. For start had wrong gearing and struggled with hills (crazy for somebody who has been doing this race since the first one some 20 odd years ago!) Then just basically race rusty despite doing some transitions at home, all could have been better. However, got around without any ill effects which was the object. Although moved this year into 70-75 age group, was lumped in with ‘Super Vets’ but took a lot of will power not to react (even if I could have done) to the young racers overtaking me on the bike, so the instinct is still there".

MAY06

Wedding congratulations

Congratulations to Lisa and John who got married on Sunday 5 May. They didn't wear Club kit but Kevin chauffered them to the venue in his taxi, Brian was the official photographer and the wedding cake had a cycling theme!

Lisa, John, Kevin and his cab!

Lisa & John's wedding cake

MAY06

Ride to Rye

The annual Ride to Rye took place over the weekend of 27/28 April setting off from Elmers End. It wasn't very warm but at least we managed to dodge the rain showers. There was a stop for lunch at Headcorn, where Bruce joined us and James called it day, after a puncture and too much lunch!

We had a really good ride, averaging 16.5 mph. Luckily the wind was behind us on the Milatary Canal Road leading into Rye and the pace increased to 25mph!

Dinner was at the usual Ypres Castle Inn, where a very noisy 50th birthday party was taking place with a Thin Lizzy tribute band!

After breakfast we headed back towards Groombridge. Bruce, James and Lynette had a walk around Groombridge House before meeting us for another pub stop! Average speed to Groombridge with a couple of noticeable hills was 16 mph. Brian, Brian and Gary cycled the whole way home, Emma and I bailed out and got in the car after lunch, where I promptly fell asleep.

Thanks to Noel for organising another great weekend away.

MAY05

Sunday ride - 5 May

Phil reports there were six out for a 50 mile ride to Penshurst, returning via Carters Hill. He says leading the ride was a doddle, he could see the others miles ahead! We had no stops today, not Glyn and myself anyway, the other four had lots of stops waiting for us. We were back at Elmers End at 12:20 after completing the 50 miles at 16.3mph.

may03

Bank holiday ride - Monday 6 MayAs there are no training sessions this Monday due to the Bank Holiday, Jon has organised a "mouth watering" alternative... a ride to Box Hill via Epsom Downs, with three ability groups led by Jon, Phil and Dean.

The ride will be for all adults (excluding novice Saturday group) and select juniors who are fast enough and have enough endurance for a three hour ride.

We will meet at 09:30 at Elmers End, divide into groups and head to Box Hill.

The faster two groups will go via Epsom Downs (the route is relatively flat to this point so we can keep close together and re-group at key junctions).

At the bottom of the Zig Zag, a faster group will do the Ranmore Common Loop (extra 30 minutes with a "cheeky climb") then climb the Zig Zag.

Cake stop at the top of Box Hill then groups can head back when ready to Cadence to watch the Giro!

Sounds tempting doesn't it, the weather looks fab too!

See you all there Jon


MAY03

ClaireNew member

Welcome to new member Claire McGinley.

may03

London League Update (Race 4/8): Ful-On Duathlon

Report by Rob Parry, Performance Coordinator

The fourth race in the London League series was hosted by Ful-On Triathlon Club, with a new venue on and around the airstrip at Dunsfold Park, aka the Top Gear Test Track! Arriving on site and heading around the track to the car park, I’m sure the temptation to test out the cornering ability of our cars got the better of more than just a few of us!

The course consisted of a 2x3k lap run on a triangle of tarmac, with a 5x4.8k lap cycle of the outer circuit, and finishing with the same run. Conditions were perfect, although the wind would prove challenging given the lack of shelter. The race was split into three waves, with the male seniors, male vets and females going off at 30 minute intervals.

Starting first in the male senior wave, I settled into my standard plan of letting a group go off too fast, as they always do in Duathlon, and then reeling them in over the first few ks. As expected, about six guys shot off, but over the ks they just got faster as they disappeared down the course! I settled into the chase group, and tried not to get concerned too much that my Garmin had me running at a pace that was set to break my 5k pb by over a minute! 5k in and that record was well and truly broken, such was the quality of the field pulling me along. Onto the bike, and any hopes of clawing back the lead soon evaporated as my legs started to seize up (probably from all these races in short succession), and the lead group disappeared out of sight. The bike leg dragged, and it felt like there was a head wind all the way around, except for one section of incline. Onto the second run, and knowing that I’d completely overcooked the first two legs, I settled into a rather painful 20+minutes of heavy legs, and constant babbling from the chimp in my head. In short, a hard but satisfying race.

Joining me and Jon Horsman on the 2013 CPT London League this time around was: Andrew Tappin; Mark Brown; and Emily Parry.

Mark and Emily made the team in 2012, so welcome back to them both, and also welcome aboard and good racing to Andrew who joins the team for the first time.

Mark Thomas missed out on League Team honours by mere seconds, after what sounded like a fiercely-contested head to head with Mark B (with Mark B’s early upping of tempo in the closing stages of run 2 destroying Mark T’s plan for a sprint-finish victory), so instead joins Victor Thompson, Andy McRobbie, Ruben Perez, Louise Alan-Smith and Voy Kozielski on the CPT Mob Match Team. Not sure about our placing yet as the results don't include clubs, but in any case well done to all.

After a much-needed three week break in league racing, next up is the biggest and best race on the calendar. That’s right – it’s our very own Crystal Palace Triathlon (and no I’m not just being biased – this is the only true sprint distance triathlon in the league). Obviously most CPTers will be required to marshal, but in addition to those new members who have entered, CPT will be fielding a team to help defend the Club’s league chances. Obviously though, the team is only truly established after the race, so everything for the newbies to play for!

Happy racing/resting,

may03

Beckenham Relays - 15 May

Yes, it's that time of year again - the Beckenham Team Relay race will take place at 19:30 on Wednesday 15 May.

This is a very sociable, local event. Last year CPT entered 11 teams (including one U17 team), so you'll be guaranteed a cheering squad and friendly banter. It's also a good opportunity to go up against the other clubs in the area.

The relay comprises teams of three runners (these can be all male, all female, or mixed) who each complete a 2.6 mile lap of Beckenham Place Park. Race HQ is the cricket club on Foxgrove Road. The cost is £9 per team.

There is no advanced entry this year - teams register and pay on the night between 18:00 and 19:10. Please let Lisa know if you'd like to take part and she will circulate the list so you'll know who to hook up with.

Go on, you know you want to!

may03

Club League update - No 4

Report by Cathy Cooke, League Coordinator

Two more events on Sunday qualified for Club League points by virtue of number of CPT members entered or being a London League event. Well done to all who raced the Ful-on Duathlon and the Sevenoaks Triathlon. Scores have been updated as attached and top three current placings are listed below:
 
Female senior: Lauren Whitmore, Suse Fairfax, Emily Parry
Female vets: Ruki Sidhwa
Female supervets: Louise Alan-Smith

Male senior: Rob Parry, Marcel Garrad, Andrew Tappin
Male vets: Jon Horsman, Mark Brown, Mark Thomas

Male supervets: Greg Lewis and Brian Morris, Noel Murphy


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