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Dates for your diary

9 July - parkrun mob match round 3 - Crystal Palace

See the training schedule for full details

Club Champs 2016

17 July - Thorpe Park Standard Distance Triathlon
13 August - Midnight Man Half
Any Long Distance

Find out more about the Club Champs

London League 2016

17 July - Thorpe Park Standard Distance Triathlon (early bird entry until 4 January)
13/14 August - Middle & Long Distance London Champs at Midnight Man (no league points)
4 September - Capital Tri Aquathlon
2 October - London Fields Aquathlon
30 October - Jekyll & Hyde Park Duathlon

Find out more about CPT's involvement in the London League

Forthcoming events

6 July - Tooting Aquathlon

7 August - Bewl Triathlons


2016 News - JuneCPT in action



London and Club League update - Windrush

Great results for the London League.

Male teams results: 1st Windrush with 2nd Crystal Palace (Greg Lewis, Rob Parry, Selwyn Smith) and 3rd Ful on Tri
Ladies team results: 1st Crystal Palace (Hannah Ewens, Sue Fairfax, Elkie Mace) with 2nd Clapham and 3rd Windrush
Mixed teams: 1st Crystal Palace (all those mentioned above) and 2nd Clapham and 3rd Windrush

Mob Match – we smashed this one out of the park with 22 attendees – thank you to all of the above + Matt White, Tom Vincent, Victor Thompson, Mark Thomas, Steve Harris, Martin Rafferty, Martin Leat, Laura Torok, Jane Ford, Charles Greenwood, Louise Alan-Smith, Michelle Carroll, Brigit Brown, Ruki Sidhwa, Karen Ayers and Claire McGinley

In the Club League, Andy McRobbie is our first Ironman of 2016 and therefore holding top spot in the club long distance league (assuming he was wearing Club kit for at least one leg of the race)!

The rest of the Club League is hotting up with some close competition in all age groups. Standings currently are:

Senior Male: 1st Mike Dowds, 2nd Rob Parry and 3rd Matt White
Senior Female: 1st Hannah Ewens and 2nd Natasha Raggett
Vet 40+ Male: 1st Selwyn Smith, 2nd Trevor Chilton and 3rd Charles Greenwood
Vet 40+ Female: 1st Sue Fairfax
Supervet 50+ Male: 1st Greg Lewis, 2nd Jon Horsman and 3rd Noel Murphy


Windrush Aquathlon results - 26 June

Results are now in for the Windrush Aquathlon. Congratulations to Hannah on her win. This was our Club Champs aquathlon as well as a London League race. See the placings for the Club Champs.


New member

Welcome to new member William Ellis.


parkrun mobmatch - 9 July

We need everyone to support our home parkrun at Crystal Palace on 9 July. It's not about speed, it's about numbers, so make a diary entry now, the honour of your Club is at stake! If you aren't already a registered parkrrunner, please make sure you sign-up, as CPT, and don't forget your barcode on the day.


Results - 22-26 June

CPT had just two teams at Wednesday's Dino Dash Relay, although there were a few CPT members representing their running clubs or workplace teams, so in that light, congratulations to Elkie Mace for having the fastest individual female time of 11:00.

Also on 22 June, Trevor and Graeme battled it out at the third Tooting Aquathlon, their times have very close in all three events! .

On Saturday 25 June, Natasha and Mike represented GBR at the ETU Aquathlon Championships held in Châteauroux, France. Congratulations to Tasha for winning her age group.

Tasha and Mike representing GBR at the ETU Aquathlon Championships

On Sunday 26 June, Dan won the Steelman Aquabike at Dorney Lake, with the fastest bike split of the day. Andy returned to Ironman Austria, but unfortunately didn't beat his 2008 time. The Ironman Roll of honour has also been updated.


parkrun results - 25 June

Hilly Fields parkrun
111 Rebecca Reidy 27:35
145 Fintan Culwin 29:37


London League update - Jetstream

Some more strong performances at the Jetstream Sprint Triathlon mean we're sitting pretty on top of all four London Leagues!

Male team - 1st: (Mike Dowds, Rob Parry, Greg Lewis), 2nd Ful on Tri and 3rd London Fields
Female team event was won by Ful on Tri with Crystal Palace 2nd (Hannah Ewens, Cathy Cooke, Natasha Raggett) and London Fields 3rd
The Mixed Team event was won by Ful on Tri with Crystal Palace 2nd and London Fields 3rd
Mob match - 1st place with Jetstream 2nd and Ealing 3rd

Thanks to all who helped us win the mob match: all of the above + Jon Horsman, Victor Thompson, Jeremy Purnell, Trevor Chilton, Andy McRobbie, Peter Wood, Noel Murphy, Gareth Robson, Louise Alan-Smith, Roxy Chippendale & Ruki Sidhwa.


Results - 19 June

The Brett Ashford Triathlon was turned into a duathlon due to blue green algae in Conningbrook Lake. Graeme finished 2nd in his age group. The Brett Ashford Aquabike, which was just a 'bike' was won by Dan, who set a new bike course record.

The Jetstream Sprint Triathlon was our Club Champs and a London League race. Congratulations to Mike on his win and great to see so many podium places snapped up by CPT. See the placings for the Club Champs.

CPT (minus Ruki) at the Jetstream Triathlon


parkrun results - 18 June

Crystal Palace parkrun
68 Helen Garrett 23:29
84 Dave Crockwell 25:03
165 Audrey Livingston 28:34
175 Fintan Culwin 29:03 (1st time)

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


Race report: Vättern Rundan; 300km cycle event

MatthewBy Matthew White

The Vättern Rundan cycling event started 50 years ago when a doctor convicted a group of nutters to cycle around Sweden's second largest lake. 300km later, and a conversation that undoubtably went something like, "That was fun. Let's do it again next year." has led to a tradition culminating in this year having 23,000 participants... One of which was from Crystal Palace Triathletes club. 

I was originally scheduled to start at midnight on Friday night. That's not the earliest that one can start: some of the recreational entrants are started as early as 19:00 Friday and the event goes until midnight on Saturday night, giving a possible 30 hours of saddle-sore goodness, for those into that kind of thing. 

But it's not all peddling. In fact many depots are scattered along the route with all the essentials like blueberry soup (a favourite among the Nordics for endurance racers of all sports), gherkins, bread and at some stations Swedish meatballs, potatoes and porridge if you fancy it. The usual sport drinks, water and toilets exist naturally to accommodate the needy pilgrims. 

Matthew and his bike

Unfortunately my plans for a steady supply of catered sight-seeing were scuppered when I met with old friends from a local tri club who, with gentle persuasion and peer pressure suggested I join the back of their "Sub 9" group. 

Being always up for a challenge or at least an adventure, I thought joining my first ever peloton in a fast group during heavy forecasted rain would be both. New start times accommodated; off we went at 5am. 

Some rain, some sunshine, seeing an odd slide from a rider losing it, and a LOT of cycling traffic was the next half day's experience. 

Group cycling is different to triathlon. (Whenever I saw a motorbike, I had an instant flash thought of "Pull back. No drafting!"). The dynamics were all different and even though my heart rate was lower than normal, my mind was fully racing. Unfortunately though, misunderstanding the 120km rest stop instructions, meant I lost my group, and I now realised, I also lost my 6km average speed increase from the wind break. 

Matthew and his finisher's medalUndeterred I continued on and picked up two others that had also lost the train and we three pushed it to the end with a respectable time of 9 hours 29 min. One had done an ironman and the other was also going to the worlds this year in Oaklahoma so our group was a well matched happenstance. 

Lots of stand-out memories remain but also a deeply etched friendship with my other two train members who shared the emotional experience. 

Afterwards, I'm glad I did it, but I missed my aerobars, and I don't miss laying awake the night after with my brain still anxiously warning me about tyre distances every time I closed my eyes. That and a mega sore butt make this quite possibly a "Good, but only a one time only" experience. 


SLSC Midsummer Relays - 15 June

Congratulations to Mike, Tasha, Elle and James, team Bright Young Things, for winning the under 100 (ages added together) category at the Midsummer Relays at Tooting Bec Lido and came 2nd overall in a time of 19:13.

In the 101­150 category, team CPT Fast and Furious finished 5th in 20.45 and the Chiltons finished 7th in 24.10. In the 151­200 category, team CPT Almost there finished 4th in 20.52 and CPT Rebel Without a Cause finished 11th in 23.58

Each swimmer swims four times in rotation 4x1x4 =16 lengths in total per team. 

CPT's under 100 team at the SLSC Midsummer Relays

Team CPT at the SLSC Midsummer Relays


London League update - Clash of the Tritons

We are around the mid-point for the League and competition has been high this year. Provisionally, we are just about top of all team events - Mens, Ladies, Mixed and Mob-match - but competition is much closer this year!

The Clash of the Tritons was extremely well organised this year following the debacle that was last year. The numbers were not inspiring but understandable, however now they appear to have sorted the issues out, I expect a significant increase next year.

Some great individual performances saw us do very well in both the individual and team events including:

Natasha Raggett - 2nd woman overall and the fastest swim of the whole field!
Elkie Mace - 3rd woman overall - thanks to a lighting quick run on her first ever Aquathlon!
Greg Lewis - 1st MSV

Team results are as follows:

Womens team - 2nd Natasha Raggett, Elkie Mace, Roxy Chippendale (1st Westcroft)
Mens team - 2nd Mike Dowds, Greg Lewis, Dave Crockwell (1st Ful-on; 3rd Westcroft)
Mixed team - 1st All of the above (2nd Westcroft)
Mob Match - 2nd All of the above (1st Westcroft; Joint 3rd Ful-on & East London)


Results - 8-12 June

The second in the series of Tooting Bec Aquathlons took place on Wednesday 8 June. Jon Horsman was 1st MSV, Graeme Blair, 2nd MV and Trevor Chilton 3rd MV.

On Saturday 11 June, Matt raced the Leeds Triathlon England Aquathlon and Dan the Leeds Triathlon Junior Aquathlon.

Claire celebrating her finish at 70.3 StaffordshireSunday 12 June was a busy day with Hannah racing the Leeds Sprint Triathlon and Fintan the Leeds Standard Triathlon, Peter (PB), Lizzy, Michelle, Audrey and Ruki took on the Orpington High Elms 10k, CPT was also well represented at the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, but a special mention goes to Claire who continued, and finished, despite being knocked off her bike, and Jon and Helen raced the Mid-Sussex Sprint Triathlon.

Some of team CPT at Staffordshire 70.3

The Club Championship aquabike race was held at the Mid-Sussex Aquabike, the male and female champs have been added to this year's roll of honour.

Jeremy exiting the water at the Mid-Sussex Aquabike


parkrun results - 11 June

Bangor parkrun
10 Victor Thompson 20:25 (1st time)
145 Louise Alan-Smith 27:21 (1st time)

Crystal Palace parkrun
84 Dave Crockwell 25:29

Dulwich parkrun
179 Martin Rafferty 27:07

Hilly Fields parkrun
82 Rebecca Reidy 24:30

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


Sospan Sizzler Middle Distance Tri race report

HansReport by Hans Geberbauer

After a few days of milling about the Gower peninsula and the western Brecon Beacons on the bike, last Sunday I headed a little further west to Burry Port to take in a quick middle distance race, the inaugural Sospan Sizzler

The sea was the calmest I have ever experienced the Celtic Sea to be which was just as well as I had done no swimming at all (but for a five minute dip at Deal in Kent earlier in May) since Ironman Wales last year. 

The bike, some 1000m of climbing not withstanding, was very fast flowing, heading for a double loop into the hills towards Carmarthen.  I thought I had hit the first lap too hard, but felt great on the second, taking full advantage of the now more familiar, rather excellent descents. 

The temperature was well into the 20s by the time I got on the run along a 7km section of the beautiful coast line around Burry Port.  Despite water stations every 3.5km, runners visibly struggled on the exposed course, with barely a breeze for relief.  I held up well, maintaining a fairly consistent pace and moving up quite a few places on the last 3km as the heat took its toll on some of the bigger lads who had outbiked me.

All in all a very fine race offering the full middle distance experience, with my Garmin clocking a precise 21.1km for the run and a generous 91.7km for the bike.  Great full distance prep.

Hans' bike ready for the Sizzler!


Weekend results - 3-5 June

We have a World Champion! A massive round of applause and cheer for Alex Yee who won Gold in the Junior ITU World Duathlon Championships, in Aviles, Spain on Friday 3 June.

Alex Yee - Junior World Duathlon Champion 2016

There were PBs for Dan (and a 2nd place) and Matt at the Blenheim Super Sprint Triathlon on Saturday 4 June. Jeremy took on the

On Sunday 5 June, Graeme was 3rd MV at the Thorpe Park Sprint Triathlon, Mitch and Ruki raced at the White Oak Sprint Triathlon, Jeremy did the Blenheim Sprint Triathlon and Mike won the London League Clash of the Tritons Aquathlon, with Natasha and Elkie taking 2nd and 3rd female places.

Team CPT - Clash of the Tritons Aquathlon 2016

Helen took on the Tour of Cambridge sportive and with her time qualified for the 2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.



parkrun results - 4 June

In the second round of the MobMatch between CPT, Greenwich Tritons and Windrush, Windrush fielded 19 on their home run, to our six, and they had the fastest female, with Greenwich having just one runner.

We really need everyone to support our home run at Crystal Palace park on 9 July. No excuses, cancel any holidays, and nothing less than being in a coma will be accepted as a reason for not running! It's not about speed, it's about numbers, so make a diary entry now, the honour of your Club is at stake.

Brockwell parkrun
52 Peter Wood 20:53 (1st time)
100 Nash Pradhan 22:58
132 Dave Crockwell 24:13
149 Chris Porter 24:41 (1st time)
162 Brian Morris 24:57 (1st time)
192 Ruki Sidhwa 26:38
200 Audrey Livingston 27:19 (PB)

Crystal Palace parkrun
203 Rachel Wadham 30:25

Hilly Fields parkrun
73 Rebecca Reidy 24:18

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


London League update - Thames Turbo

Four of our hardy members got up before the crack of dawn this Bank Holiday Monday and competed in the latest of the Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon at Hampton which due to Storm Katie was a rearranged London League event.

There was some very fast racing at the front and sadly, there were no podiums for the Club but there were some very solid performances.

Thank you to Matt White, Tim Thomas, Noel Murphy and Gareth Robson for making up the Mob match team.


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