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2013 Club Championships

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Forthcoming events

6 October - London Fields Aquathlon

27 October - Jekyll & Hyde Duathlon


5 January - Tadworth 10

2013 news - August

CPT in action


The Vitruvian Triathlon - 31 August

Congratulations to Peter, Lisa and John for competing at The Vitruvian Triathlon, a middle distance race at Rutland Water. Lisa and John's times have also been added to the Vitruvian PBs page.


Tuesday night swims return to St Joseph's - 3 September

Tuesday swims start again at St Joseph's on 3 September. There will be sessions at 20:00 and 21:00.

The road bike sessions at Herne Hill Velodrome will continue so if you get there early, as it's getting darker earlier, you can do a bike and a swim session! The Committee are looking at weekly sessions at HHV throughout the winter. Details will be announced as soon as confirmed.


Thames Turbo Triathlon - 26 August

Congratulations to Jilly for finishing the Thames Turbo Triathlon on Monday 26 August. Jilly's time has also been added to the Thames Turbo PBs page.


Club kit on display in Morzine

An impressive display of Club kit by the 'girls on tour' in Morzine. Well done, Sara, Brigit, Kati, Sally and Sheila.

Sara, Brigit, Kati, Sally and Sheila in Morzine


Photos from the social ride to Bexhill - 26 August


parkrun results - 24 August

Belfast Victoria parkrun
20th Victor Thompson 20:05 (1st time)
93rd Louise Alan-Smith 25:48 (1st time)

Bushy Park parkrun
591st Carole Jackson 34:27

Crystal Palace parkrun
41st Karen Ayers 26:45

Lloyd parkrun
19th Adam Spencer 23:10 (1st time)

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


Ben Nevis Triathlon - 24 August

Congratulations to Keith for finishing the Ben Nevis Half Triathlon in second place.


CPT swim hat now available

CPT swim hatThe new CPT Speedo swim hat, made from high quality silicone, is now available to purchase for only £5 (cash or direct to the club account marked 'swim hat') - why wear anything else!

Get yours before Southwater! Available from Brian at Club swim sessions.


parkrun results - 17 August

Bromley parkrun
69th Adam Spencer 21:47 (1st time)

Crystal Palace parkrun
9th Bruce Sharp 21:11 (PB)

South Manchester parkrun
130th Ella Fields 26:02

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


Photos from Bewl Triathlon - 11 August


Thorpe Sprint Triathlon - 18 August

Mark competed in the final of the four Thorpe Sprint Triathlon Series on Sunday. Audrey and Phil were there .....but in BTF guise.

Mark was 9th overall and 2nd Vet and is hoping that has won him the vet 40 South East Series title but is awaiting confirmation..

Cathy Cooke won the female title and a brand new Huub wetsuit. Nice one!

Mark reports "Another silly early start but perfect conditions and a PB for me, although the bike was a tad shorter due to road works".


Haute Route Alps - 18-24 August

Good luck to Hans and Wim who are cycling the Haute Route, a 870km seven day sportive with over 20,000m in elevation gain, from Geneva to Nice.

Hans has promised to write a report when he's recovered!

At the end of day one, Hans reports "First day done. Well clear of the broom wagon but not far off the bottom of the finisher's list. That's OK though. It will only get tougher. The scenery is magnif***ingfique. We shaved our legs. To our surprise this does not appear to be the main reason why the likes of Greg Lewis and Haydn Whitmore are a lot faster than us!".

Hans & Wim at the end of day 1


Bank Holiday Social Ride to the coast

Phil will be leading the CPT annual social ride to Bexhill, via Groombridge on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, with a quick dip in the sea and fish and chips on the beach before heading home on the train.

We will leave Elmers End, normal bike meet point, at 09:00 for an easy paced ride to the coast aiming to arrive at 15:30. Those not riding could always meet us at Bexhill for a swim.

We will aim to have a couple of stops on route, however make sure you have enough drinks and snacks on board for the 70 plus miles.

We normally arrive back in Croydon at dusk so it is worth bringing some lights with you just in case.

Everyone is welcome, although the pace will be kept slower than the Sunday ride, it is still a long ride.


parkrun results - 10 August

Bushy Park parkrun
769th Carole Jackson 34:30

Lloyd parkrun
20th Michael Coates 22:15

Nonsuch parkrun
9th Kevin Freeman 19:23 (PB)

South Manchester parkrun
157th Ella Fields 27:38

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


London Fields Aquathlon - Sunday 6 October

Entries are now open for the London Fields Aquathlon and we need the CPT army out in force for this one! Fast or slow all finishes count for the League.

This is the penultimate London League race for 2013, with just the Jekyll and Hyde Park Duathlon later in October.

This is a great little race, with a 400m swim in the heated London Fields Lido, 5k run around London Fields, and the post race results and prizegivings held in a local boozer that serves a pretty decent Full English.

The limited spaces are filling up already, so please enter as soon as you can.

Don't forget to email the race matrix once signed up so we know you're in.


Social ride to Box Hill - Sunday 18 August

Dean has had a request from some members of the 'novice / not so novice' group who would like to join a Sunday club ride and thought Box Hill would be a good route.

So this Sunday there will be a ride to Box Hill. All welcome and if we get enough riders we can split into two or three groups. There will definitely be a group going slow enough to ensure nobody gets dropped.

Meet at Elmers End at 08:50 for a 09:00 start. See you there.


League update 10

Cathy, our League coordinator, has updated the League scores to include the following four races:

- London Triathlon - Olympic distance
- Ironman UK
- Bewl Olympic Triathlon
- Bewl Sprint Triathlon

Well done to all those who raced in the above, especially those 'going long' for the first time.
Top standings are now as follows (number of races in brackets). Cathy has included more than the top three where someone currently placed 1-3 has too few races so far. After the next race Cathy will report top three excluding those people who haven't done the minimum three races required to qualify for the Club League now we've done the best part of the 2013 season.

Female Senior: Suse Fairfax; Cathy Cooke; Lauren Whitmore
Female Vets: Sheila Horsman (1); Kati Pusey (2); Brigit Brown (1); Ruki Sidhwa (4)
Female Supervets: Karen Ayers (2); Louise Alan Smith (6); Sally Kidson (3)

Male Seniors: Rob Parry (9); Andy McRobbie (8); James Nellist (2); Marcel Garrad (3)
Male Vets: Jon Horsman (3); Neil Pusey (1); Mark Thomas (5); Victor Thompson (5)
Male Supervets: Greg Lewis (7); Brian Morris (3); Noel Murphy (3)

According to the race matrix, the next race to qualify for Club League points is the open sprint race at Hyde Park on 14 September. There are more of you doing the age group races so please let the race matrix know your races. We don't include Southwater as the timings vary depending on which leg you race so difficult to get fair times/scores.


Bewl Triathlon - Club Championships

Congratulations to everyone who raced at Bewl today, both in the Club Championship Standard Distance and the Sprint race and to this year's Club Champs. Jane missed out on 3rd place as she wasn't wearing Club kit.

The weather was almost perfect and the threatened rain didn't materialise but the change to the run course met with unanimous disapproval, as did the foot down at the A21 junction, that caught Kati and Emanuele out with a DQ.

We had a lot of no-shows, which was a shame for the Club Champs race, so not as many racing as usual. Victor opted to just do the swim as he was injured. The Sprint race went off first, so the 'sprinters' were able to support once we'd finished and watch the agony on the face of the runners who had to contend with four gruelling laps up and down the dam. Everyone agreed the run was particularly cruel and possibly long, awaiting confirmation from someone with a GPS. (Rob has confirmed the run was 10.5k).

Unfortunately Bruce had to pull out after jogging to recce the swim in/out and Victor, who is also injured, just did the swim.

There was a shortage of marshals causing some confusion on parts of the run course and an undermanned water station on the run that wasn't coping with demand. Neil, Audrey and Bruce took over and provided water, gels and shouts of encouragement. Sue and I joined them once we'd finished and after Sue had done an extra four minutes or so on the run as she didn't know where to go!

Congratulations to Cathy, Louise and Rob on their age group wins. Prizes are only awarded for 1st AG place, but CPT had lots of other unofficial podium places!

More photos to follow soon, thanks to Audrey and Bruce.

Suse, Haydn, Greg and Dean at Bewl


parkrun results - 3 August

Crystal Palace parkrun
41st Dave Crockwell 24:37

South Manchester parkrun
163rd Ella Fields 27:56


400m time trial times - 26 July

Jon sprung a 400m time trial on those of swimming at Trinity on Friday 26 July. Results show splits for 200m, 400m and total time. Watch out for more TTs in coming weeks, they aren't advertised in the schedule!


Kevin heading to the Finish at IMUKIronman UK

Congratulations to Martin, Kevin, Greig and Gary for completing Ironman UK in Bolton.

Your times have been added to the Ironman Roll of Honour.


Ride London-Surrey 100 - Ride report

KarenRide report by Karen Ayers

Any pre-ride doubts about the day, due to logistics of travelling to and from the venue, were completely forgotten and forgiven. It was an absolutely amazing ride and one every keen cyclist should put on their To Do list!

The opportunity to ride completely traffic-free around London and familiar Surrey roads, was just unbelievable.

I set my alarm for 04:00 and set off to drive to Deptford, as I'd missed the chance to book parking at the O2 while I was away on holiday. I then cycled to Greenwich and went through the foot tunnel. I met up with a Dulwich Paragon rider heading the same way and once on the other side a Greenwich Triton who knew the way to the Olympic Park.

No sooner had I parked my bike against a tree then two familar faces arrived, Cathy and Suse. We joined the queue for the portaloos, which wasn't too long, and bumped into Haydn.

Hans and WimThe bag drop and wave loading all worked very efficiently and we soon heard Boris setting the first riders off. Cathy, Suse and I were in blue wave H and we were 'loaded' on time. While waiting in the loading area, an ex-CPT member, Mike Hurst, who spotted my CPT top in the crowd, came over to say hello.

When our turn came, we cycled through the Olympic Park and out on to the roads for a two mile warm-up cycle to the start. Riders soon spread out and with both sides of the carriageways closed, there was plenty of room for everyone, no matter what speed. After about 12 minutes of drafting behind Cathy and Suse, I decided the pace really was a bit quick for me so I dropped back and watched them disappear!

Cycling through empty tunnels, past iconic London landmarks, along the River and through red traffic lights was pretty surreal and took some getting used to. We were even allowed to cycle over the Hammersmith Flyover.

Marcel, Rob, Keith and Mat pre-Ride London 100

Surprisingly there were supporters out even at that very early hour!

Mark T passed me quite early on in the ride, again spotting my CPT kit as he went by in a speedy peleton.

The course was, for the most part, fast and flat. I was actually quite glad to get out into the Surrey countryside for a change of terrain.

I overtook Boris at about 25 miles. The speed he was going, I'm very surprised he finished in 8 hours!

Unfortunately I didn't manage to draft very much, as groups flew past me and I would have had to strain to keep up with them so worked pretty much on my own for most of the ride. It would have been nice to have some protection from the wind on parts of the course!

I made one comfort stop at a random portaloo half way down a hill that didn't have a queue. I also stopped at one of the 'Hubs' at the top of Newlands Corner and wished I hadn't. Although very well organised, it took longer than I would have liked when I only needed a drink top up as I was carrying all the food I needed.

Another ex-CPT member, Noel Hanchard, also pulled up alongside me for a while for a quick catch up, then headed off into the hills.

London Prudential 100 Mile Ride August 2013 video by Hans.

Leith Hill wasn't as bad as I'd expected, although it was quite busy, with a few people walking, mainly as a result of changing gear at the wrong time and losing their chains. The supporters were out in force but were economical with the truth with repeated calls of 'almost at the top'. The route was then very fast to Box Hill, which seemed tougher than usual but I took great delight in overtaking a good number of riders, something that doesn't happen often on a Club Sunday ride!

Again, it was fast and fairly flat until a climb out of Kingston (which felt tougher than it should) and Wimbledon Village, but once we were heading towards Putney Bridge and the last few miles the pace really picked up.

I was fighting cramp in my left thigh and serious pins and needles in my hands, but was determined to keep the pace going.

Karen, Emma and Claire

I got held up at Vauxhall Bridge by a police motorcycle who was slowing everyone down to allow traffic to cross the bridge, as we slowed a very large peleton formed and once we were given the all clear, with the 99 mile sign just ahead, the pace stepped up again. I managed to sit behind two slightly faster cyclists for the last mile averaging nearly 37kph. Turning into The Mall, with the crowds cheering, flags waving and the banging on the barriers was a moment to savour but passed in a flash as I went through the Finish.

Ride London medalWe were presented with a heavy medal and then a goody bag, which like the London Marathon, was heavy and full of bizarre offerings, including a sachet of salad cream and a mini tube of toothpaste!

I spotted Brian Smith, then Emma followed by Hans and Wim as well as friends from Dulwich Paragon. Hans had bonked but they were both really pleased with their times, as most people seemed to be. My goal time was 6:30-6:45, my dream time was 6:00, my actual time 5:52! I'm still buzzing! Check all the times on the Results page.

Emma and I headed back towards Blackfriars Pier to catch the ferry back to the O2. The signage was non-existant and we got split up on the way. By the time I'd queued for the ferry I could have cycled back to Deptford, but it was nice taking a trip on the river to finish off the day and I met up with yet another ex-CPT member, Claire Tinker, so had a good old chat with her.

Lauren (wearing London Dyanmo, her other Club, kit) was the first lady to cross the finish line and was interviewed by BBC and ITV! Her finish time placed her 3rd fastest female overall. Congratulations!.

Lauren being interviewed post Ride London

I didn't see Ruki at the end but she had a slow puncture at the start, was helped by three fellow cyclists but had to make a stop at the first Hub to get it pumped up properly. She then had a 30 minute wait for a portaloo.

The ballot for 2014 opens on 12 August, if you want a chance to experience this exciting event, don't miss the deadline. The ballot will close once 80,000 names have entered.

CPT enjoying post-race refreshments

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