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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.

22 June
6 July
20 July

See the full Training schedule.

2013 Club Championships

7 July: Sussex (Middle distance)

11 August: Bewl (Standard)

Find out more about the Club Championships

Forthcoming events

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 - June

CPT in action

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parkrun results - 22 & 29 June

29 June

Dulwich parkrun
42nd Kati Pusey 21:21 (First timer)
58th Scott Barnes 22:37 (PB)

South Manchester parkrun
161st Ella Fields 27:15

22 June

Brockwell parkrun
24th Phil Wright 20:21

Dulwich parkrun
46th Rob Buckler 22:33
86th Scott Barnes 25:57

The parkrun PBs page will be updated.

Jun 19

parkrun results - 15 June

Hilly Fields parkrun
84th Fintan Culwin 29:21

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.

Jun 14

Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships

Andy raced the standard distance today at the ETU Triathlon European Championships in Alanya. It's Rob's turn next for the sprint distance tomorrow.

Jun 14

SLSC Summer Aquathlon #2 results

Jon and Sheila were both on the podium at Wednesday evening's second race of the Summer Aquathlon series at Tooting Bec Lido.

Jun 12

Club League update 8

Cathy reports, following the Club Sprint Champs at Thorpe Triathlon on Sunday, we have an update to the Club League scores and standings. Well done to all who raced and especially the following who got top points for winning their age/gender categories: Greg Lewis, Suse Fairfax and Kati Pusey. The battle of the supervets was the most fought contest of the day but Brian M kindly did a bit of extra swimming to give Greg and co a chance and Karen (and a few others) loved the bike section so much she decided to join the local sportif underway in the same area...

Belated congratulations to Sally Kidson for winning her age/gender category at Windrush Aquathlon - the organisers have now confirmed that Sally had the winning female 50+ time (results weren't previously split into supervet category). Karen's score also adjusted from that race.
Top three standings are now:
Female senior: Suse Fairfax; Lauren Whitmore; Cathy Cooke
Female Vets: Sheila Horsman and Kati Pusey; Brigit Brown
Female Supervets: Karen Ayers; Sally Kidson; Louise Alan-Smith

Male Seniors: Rob Parry; James Nellist; Marcel Garrad
Male vets: Jon Horsman; Neil Pusey; Mark Thomas
Male Supervets: Greg Lewis; Brian Morris; Haydn Whitmore

The next race, according to race matrix, to qualify for Club League points is the Bristol Sprint Triathlon on 23 June. Please let Karen and Louiseknow which races you are doing throughout the season.


Open water season continues - Sunday 16 June

- Meet at 13:30 in the car park at Chipstead Lake
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) from 16:00
- 17:00 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.

Jun 12

London League update - Windrush Aquathlon

RobReport by Rob Parry, Performance Coordinator

CPT were out in force – I’ll put my neck on the line ahead of the official word and announce that CPT took BOTH the Team AND Mob Match titles at Windrush! Great work to everyone who braved the chilly lido and semi-streaked around a busy Brockwell Park in their lycra jumpsuits. Every hard fought finish bumps up our mob match scores.

Special mention to Brian Morris for making the team as well as coming 1st in his age group! Sally Kidson took 1st in her age group, with Cathy Cooke and Ruki Sidhwa coming 3rd in theirs. I wasn’t too disappointed at missing out on the win, as that honour went to a friend of mine who is new to London and currently without a club (yes i’m trying to recruit him!)

So the CPT London League team this round was:

Rob Parry
Brian Morris (new for 2013)
Grant Georgiades (new entry)
Phil Feldman (new entry)
Cathy Cooke (new for 2013)

With the Mob Match being the team plus: Emanuele Vignoli; James Acheson; Rachel Vignoli; Ruben Perez; Dave Crockwell; Ruki Sidhwa; Sally Kidson; Karen Ayers; Claire McGinley and Ella Fields.

Well done to all, and what a result for CPT seeing as we weren’t even focussing on this race! We are so close to having the London League completely in the bag.

Jun 12

Dulwich Paragon / CPT Saturday ride arrangement

We have been advised by Dulwich Paragon that because of increased numbers, problems with managing large ride groups and changes to the way Dulwich Paragon CC is running its Saturday ride, they are no longer able to offer the reciprocal arrangement with CPT.  CP will direct anyone who expresses an interest in triathlon to our Club and if any CPT members want to become fully paid up DP members they will of course be welcome. .

Jun 11

parkrun results - 8 June

Dulwich parkrun
50th Rob Buckler 21:57 (PB)
88th Brigit Brown 24:48 (First timer)

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


Weekend results - 8-9 June

While most of us were enjoying ourselves at Thorpe, Matt raced the Super Sprint at Blenheim and Clare and Fay at White Oak. Congratulations again to Clare for winning the FSV prize.

Despite a few racing at Thorpe thought it was a good idea to try and get back for the Waller Pain Hill Climb, according to the results no-one made it! Geoff, John and Lisa did, with John and Lisa stopping by during a three hour ride! Lisa says "It was a bit of fun and good to support Save the Velodrome, though the hill was not as long or steep as I expected, which meant I started off far too reservedly than I should've".


Club Sprint Championships

Thorpe Triathlon - Sunday 9 June: Well that was eventful! It was a very early start for a local race with a compulsory race briefing at 06:50!

Voy had a puncture somewhere between home and arriving in the car park so had to do a quick change before heading to registration!

We had our own CPT wave and were the last to go off at 07:35. It wasn't very warm standing around so the lake actually felt pleasantly warm when we eventually got in.

Even with just 31 of us in the wave there was still some jostling in the water, swimming into and over each other! The buoys were enormous so there was no excuse, but sighting still seems to be an issue for some!! Selwyn and Grant were on hand to help us out of the water.

Richard managed to fall off his bike heading out of transition while trying to put his sunglasses on!

There were a couple of places on the bike where you got the opportunity to see those ahead and behind and to check your position. Unfortunately there was also a sportive taking place and a conflicting set of arrows, which some of us mistakenly took! Kirsten and I got completely lost but Hans managed to get back on course after a stop in M&S for directions (I bet he got some funny looks in his trisuit, helmet and race number!). Kirsten was eventually picked up by the sweep-up motorcycle and escorted back to transition! I got lost while I was lost and ended up doing 32.5k. The dismount line had been removed by the time I got back and there was no point going out on the run!

Kirsten and I put on warm clothes and headed over to the finish to see how everyone got on.

Suse was the first female and Kati the first female vet, unfortunately there were no supervet prizes so Greg missed out, but gets maximum League points!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the race, liked the course and thought it was a great race for the Club Championships.

I punished myself by going for a 5k run when I got home!

Congratulations to our Sprint Club Champions.



JakeNew member

Welcome to new member Jake Davies.


Late results - 2 JuneHans, Wim and Katie did the King of the Downs, a 115m sportive with over 2000m of climbing. Hans says it was a perfect day, sunny but not too hot, and a much faster time than last year. Hans and Wim bumped into Katie Crowe at the start so they all cycled together.

Congratulations to Richard for winning the Luton Triathlon. The official results are still showing Richard in second place, but the chap who is down as the winner only did one run lap and the results haven't been adjusted yet.


Sainsbury's Active Kids VouchersSainsbury's Active KidsWe are once again collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers.

Sara would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has given her their collection of vouchers. "I think we are on for a record breaking year!"

If you have any more of those coulourful bits of paper knocking around, gather them up and please bring them to the next training session and give them to whoever is taking the names, they need to be submitted within the next couple of weeks.


Novice and 'not-so' novice ride - Saturday 8 June

The fifth of our 'summer' rides is this Saturday 8 June, 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!

22 June, 6 July, 20 July

Jun 04

Club League update 7

Cathy reports three more races to add to the Club League points:

Tooting Bec Aquathlon - well done to Sheila Horsman and Dave Crockwell (and Jon H although not on race matrix) for winning their categories and scoring top points in this event

Nottingham Triathlon - well done to all who raced against a high quality field

Windrush Aquathlon - well done to Brian Morris and Sally Kidson for winning their category and scoring top points (and Martin Rafferty although not on race matrix). Brian is now head to head with Greg Lewis in the male supervets and said he's looking forward to a showdown at this weekend's sprint tri event at Thorpe.

More people now added to the results (including me finally!) so a few changes to the top three standings (albeit a bit skewed at this stage depending on how many races people have completed):
Female seniors: Lauren Whitmore, Suse Fairfax, Cathy Cooke
Female vets: Sheila Horsman, Brigit Brown, Ruki Sidhwa
Female supervets: Sally Kidson, Karen Ayers, Louise Alan-Smith

Male seniors: Rob Parry, James Nellist, Marcel Garrad
Male vets: Jon Horsman, Mark Brown, Mark Thomas
Male supervets: Greg Lewis and Brian Morris, Haydn Whitmore
The next race to qualify for Club League points is the Thorpe Sprint this weekend, which is also the Club Champs. rumour has it not everyone's on the race matrix, so please let Karen and Louise know asap if yours isn't -  please!!!

Jun 04

Chrissie meets Kevin

Kevin won a training session on 4 June with Chrissie Wellington in preparation for the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final in London.

Kevin enjoyed the 'warm' water in the Serpentine (15 degrees) and says Chrissie is a lovely lady!

Kevin & Chrissie Wellington, Hyde Park

Jun 04

parkrun results - 1 June

Crystal Palace parkrun
84th Amy Aeron-Thomas 31:38 (First timer)

Dulwich parkrun
58th Rob Buckler 22:18 (PB)
72nd Scott Barnes 23:00 (PB)

Hilly Fields parkrun
49th Fintan Culwin 28:48

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


Windsor swim - Race report

MichelleRace report by Michelle Carroll - Windsor Swim

Weather on the morning was thankfully brilliant sunshine, being Scottish does not make me hard to the cold weather we have been experiencing!  If it had been as cold as it has been I’m not sure I would have been so enthusiastic.  This was the first time I had raced a 1500m, let alone in open water.  I didn’t really like the look of the water but I was there so I was getting in!   We had a deep water start and the 13 degree temperature wasn't as bad as trying to stay in the one spot before the race started, thanks to the quick current of the Thames.

The start wasn't the usual mayhem and washing machine effect that I had experienced at Dorney Lake, but this was probably due to the fact I was up the front of an all female wave.  Once I got into a rhythm I just focused on a pace and tried hard to swim through the current.  Have to say I have extremely sore arms today!  I probably need to work on sighting a bit more as I did manage to bang into a couple of people half way through the swim.  It was pretty murky water and I couldn’t see much which was a bit scary to begin with.  Turning around and coming back was easy and it wasn’t long before I was at the finish!

Mat exiting the water at the Windsor SwimI got out of the water feeling like I had done OK and pleased I didn’t have a panic half way through.   I looked at my time and was a bit disappointed but listening to everyone else complaining about the current I realised it probably wasn’t too bad.  Once the final results were listed I was happy to see I came 3rd in my age group.  Mat did the 3k swim and was also pleased with his result.  Overall it was a good, well organised event and I will definitely be doing some more.  I think I may even like the cold water!


MichaelNew member

Welcome to new member Michael Coates.


Windrush Aquathlon - 2 June

We had a great turnout at the Windrush Aquathlon yesterday, with red, black and white taking over Brockwell Park! The weather was amazing, the post-race cakes delicious and some great racing too.

Laura, the race director from Windrush sent the following message: I just wanted to say thanks to all of the CPTri people who came to the Aquathlon yesterday!  You are such a friendly bunch and we really enjoyed having you all race.  I wanted to extend a personal apology about the prize mixup as I know some of your athletes didn't receive their prizes and they went to the wrong person.  Excel was doing some very weird things and I have no idea how it went wrong for the timing guys at the end! It was really stressful and I am going to look into a different system for next year! We will be contacting those who should have received a prize with some additional things to give them! Despite this I hope you all enjoyed yourselves?  We had amazing weather again which was a blessing!

Dean didn't make it in time to enter on the day, but he did come along after we'd all finished to say hello. There was a problem with the timing so Brian and Cathy missed out on collecting prizes on the day. However Dean stood in and made a presentation to Brian any way!


Weekend race results - 1-2 June

Well that was a busy weekend!

On Saturday there were quite a few CPT members racing at the Nottingham Triathlon, which was BTF Sprint Championships and a qualifying race for London. Congratulations to Clare, who qualified by coming 2nd in her age group. Read Mark's race reflections below.

CPT in action at Nottingham

Lauren, Haydn and Kati were in Belfort for the ITU Long Distance World Championships, where the swim was cancelled and, much to Lauren's disappointment, replaced with a 10k run, making the event a very long duathlon. Kati says " I enjoyed the race even thouogh it was a duathlon but I had no idea how to pace. My legs are surprisingly OK'.

Lauren reports: Unfortunately because of the bad weather it was changed to a duathlon and they also shortened the bike, which was bad news for me! Thankfully the weather on the day wasn’t too bad, and after layering up in anticipation of freezing conditions I actually got quite hot on the first run. The bike course was stunning and the category 2 climb up the Ballon d’Alsace was enjoyable (Neil had managed to get to the top to  cheer us on before we hit the long downhill section). The run was around the lake, mostly on trail and was really pretty – it would have been an amazing course on a nice sunny day. It was great to be a part of the GB team along with my Dad and Kati. I was also happy to beat my Dad as he was up 2:0 in our races this year!

On Sunday the Deva Triathlon was also a qualifying race for London, this time for the Standard distance. The Swashbuckler middle distance took place in the New Forest and Michelle and Mat did the Windsor Swim in the River Thames.

The Swashbucklers, Kevin, Gary & Martin

Results are still outstanding for the Windrush Aquathlon where we had a really good CPT turnout.


Nottingham report and life in general

MarkReport by Mark Thomas

For those reading this: it is more a philosophical reflection on the ageing process than a tri report.
That should have halved the interest!

My last visit to Holme Pierrepont national watersports centre in Nottingham was as a fresh face schoolboy of 18 (almost exactly 30 years previously) representing Wales in a coxless pair (rowing Jim) so I was curious to see how the ageing process had affected both of us.

On that occasion we did not shine: losing by quite a margin to Scotland of all nations. 

Mark in action in NottinghamI knew the field would be fast what with it being the first of the world sprint qualifiers and the nat champs.There were 7 spots up for grabs in each age group so all to play for. 

Rob and Andy were off in the wave before me so we cheered them on their four bike laps and single run lap. Both nailed themselves although Rob reflected that he might have gone a bit too much 
into the red.

Although there is still a competitive steely edge in the older age groups, there is also a degree of mutual admiration, respect and comraderie. Many of us know each other quite well from various global sojourns.
I will cut to the chase as I am sure you are gagging to know what passed.

Or who passed more like......a good swim by my modest standards but two large groups formed on the bike and although I would have liked to work with them I did not want to incur the wrath of the BTF, so I trialled it 
old style. If it was indeed 20 km then an average speed of 38km/hr or so is good for me (breezy but not a breeze). Into T2 and I usually expect to peg back a few of the bigger aquabikers ......but only a few came my way. 

The rest were all well capable of the sub 19 min 5km that I dug in for.
21st in the AG and although 15 places from a worlds spot those fifteen places were all within a minute or so ahead of me. Sub 1:04 (pretty well a PB) and still only 21st. 

If I was 4 months older I would be in the 50+ and would have made the cut. So it is clear to me that I am not a minute too slow but four months too young.

As for my reflections on my performance from 30 years ago....If I could have seen my future self from that slinky boat, still out there try(i)ing my best and giving it my all I would have settled for that.

So the worlds?....maybe not this year....... I can't wait to get older!

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