Crystal Palace Triathlon - Sunday 22 May 2011
Spot prize feedback
Just a quick (and belated!) email to confirm safe receipt. I used the trisuit for the first time over the weekend and would highly recommend it.
I am very grateful to both Zone 3 and Crystal Palace Triathletes for the prize - I look forward to using it in next year's race!
TriTogether - Volunteers needed
Leonard Cheshire Disability are looking for volunteers to help at their new TriTogether triathlon. Tri Together is designed for disabled and non-disabled people to swim, bike and run side by side.
They need experienced triathletes as volunteers to provide support and unrivalled knowledge to participants, many of whom are complete novices. So if you aren't racing yourself, why not volunteer?
Find out more and register to become a volunteer.
Race photographs on Facebook
Photographs taken by spectator Ollie Pound have been uploaded to our Facebook page. If you find yourself and would like a hi-res copy, please email us and we'll send you a copy. Thanks, Ollie, for the photos.
Prize draw winners
Thanks to our sponsors we had a number of prizes to give away in our prize draw. Unfortunately, mainly due to the weather on Sunday, we didn't hold the draw on the day but would now like to congratulate the following competitors who won prizes:
SwimTrek Weekend/Mid-Week UK break: Gerado Gonzalez
VO2 Cycling £75 bike fit voucher: Richard Langston
Zone 3 trisuit: Male - Nick Harris / Female - Eloise Brooks
SwimForTri Gift Certificate for a 45 minute 1:2:1 swim session: Adele Brooks and Justin Moody
The Bridge Triathlon: Jason Green and Sally Mortleman
TriTogether Triathlon: Nolan Loxton and Phillip Henwood
Vouchers and details on how to claim prizes will be sent direct to individuals.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send in feedback. It's nice to get some appreciatiation for all the hard work we, as a Club, put into the event. We take all your comments on board and try to improve our race year on year.
"It was brilliant, congratulations to you all"
"Superb!!! Truly deserves its title of Best Triathlon of 2010, easy to see why. Everything about it was great – the swimming pool, the large transition area (plenty
of room), superb fast bike circuit and to top it all off – the finish in the athletics stadium. I must also say what a great triathlon for the spectators, they could see it all. Just hope I can get in for 2012 because it is gonna be so popular. Finally
thanks to all the marshals and volunteers."
"Thank you so much to everyone from the club - all the marshals, officials, volunteers and coaches for making today's competition so enjoyable. There was a really friendly atmosphere and the instructions and course were easy to follow.
Thank you also for offering the training days. I did the session on the 15th May and found it invaluable for getting great tips and quelling pre-race fears! Looking forward to next year's!"
"This was my first triathlon and I have to say that the event was excellent. It was really well organised, had very helpful staff and the atmosphere was great. I particularly enjoyed getting spurred on by the friendly marshals and it was a nice touch to have some shout your name as you went past. I have definitely got the triathlon bug now and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Thanks very much for organising such a great event."
"A huge thank you for another absolutely fantastic event so obviously well organised and supported in every way. Crystal Palace can be proud of putting on a first class event enjoyed by both participants and spectators. I'd like to give a special thanks to those wonderful marshals that did a star job in motivating us all every step of the way - they were all amazing supporters."
"The whole day was great fun and very well organised. The stewards were very encouraging even after the event had finished they were still congratulating people as they made their way to the car. The guys handing out the timing chips at the pool made you feel that you were the first person they had seen that day. People matching up your numbers and calling out your name as you passed was a nice touch. The registration staff were helpful and organised. A big thank you to Karen on the registration desk who, although there was a mini crisis taking place, she still made time to help me out."
You might also be interested to read two blog articles from 7OaksTri competitors who raced on the day:
22 May - Congratulations to today's winners Tim Male from Thames Turbo and Parys Edwards from Ful-on-Tri.
New course records were set by Bradley Hales for the swim (08:49), Tim Male for the bike split (32:10) and Danny Russell for the new 5k run course (16:36).
Full results can be found on the StuWeb website.
1. Tim Male, Thames Turbo
2. Bradley Hales, Optima Racing Team
3. Neil Harris, 7Oaks Tri Club
1. Parys Edwards, Ful-on-Tri
2. Sophia Saller, Optima Racing Team
3. Suse Fairfax, CPT
1. Nick Malynn, Ful-on-Tri
2. Richard Evans, Met Police TC
3. Darren Milne, Tri London
1. Ruth Hutton, Thames Turbo
2. Catherine Linney, 7Oaks Tri Club
3. Madelaine Lee-Smith
1. Richard Stanhope, Thames Turbo
2. Julian Meldrum, London Frontrunners
3. Bruce Sharp
1. Sandra Blenkinsop, Kingfisher Tri
2. Olivia Hetreed, Tri London
3. Valeria Place, 7Oaks Tri Club
1. Jack Boericke, Optima Racing Team
2. James Allen, CPT
3. Nathan Marsh
1. Armanni Antoine-Chagar, Swim For Tri
2. Eliza Cottington, Thames Turbo
3. Bethaney Hall, RG Active
1. Henry Dawson, Thames Turbo
2. Alex Yee, CPT
3. Marcus Francis
1. Evangeline Foster
2. Natalie Falshaw, CPT
3. Isobel Chant
1. Anthony Anderson
2. Rory Jack, Optima Racing Team
3. Reef Boericke, Optima Racing Team
1. Jemima Walker, East Essex TC
2. Alice Patterson, Thames Turbo
3. Tammy Falshaw, CPT
1. Zak Wort
2. Jacob Patterson, Thames Turbo
3. Oscar Cowley-Andrea
1. Freya Thomson, Thames Turbo
2. Ruby Penney, Thames Turbo
3. Mali Jenkins, CPT
1. Henri Wright
2. Thomas Mogford
3. Justin Strover
1. Tallulah Penney, Thames Turbo
2. Lottie Hull
3. Katie Painter
We hope you enjoyed the race, despite the wind and for some of the TriStars, the rain. We would welcome your comments and feedback as this will help us to make next year's race even better.
A number of items of lost property were gathered up at the end of the day so if you arrived home with something missing please let us know and we will try to reunite you!
Photographs are now available on the ProSport Photo website. Graham took over 3,500 photographs so there should be a few of everyone on the bike and the run.
If you won an age-group prize but were unable to stay around to collect it, please see details about prizes below. Unfortunately, mainly due to the weather, we were unable to hold the prize draw although a number of spot prizes were given away on the day. We will conduct a random draw for the outstanding prizes in the next few days. Winners will be notified by email and names and prizes will be published on the website.
Triathlon England membership
20 May - If you have been considering joining Triathlon England but haven't got round to signing up yet, please complete the attached form and bring it along to Registration with you on Sunday and you will receive a £3 refund on your entry. TriStar and Youth competitors will get a £1 refund.
17 May - With just a few days to go until this year's Crystal Palace Triathlon last minute preparations are underway for the 650 adult and 200 junior competitors, for what promises to be another great day of racing.
There will be plenty of prizes on offer to all competitors, not just the age group winners, thanks to the following sponsors:
- Two race suits to one lucky female and male competitor, along with other Zone3 goodies as spot prizes.
- SwimTrek UK weekend break as a spot prize and junior goody bag.
- 10 TriTowels as spot prizes
- Runners Edge are giving 10 Grid rollers as prizes
- VO2 Cycling voucher for their Bike Fit service
- 20 pairs of GREEPER laces
- CherryActive vouchers for age group winners
- Two session vouchers from SwimForTri
- TriGirl vouchers and accessories for female age group winners
- Two places at The Bridge Triathlon in June
- Two places at the TriTogether Triathlon in September
Competitors will need to be present at the prize giving to win these prizes. All race numbers will be put in ‘a hat’ and drawn at random.
In addition, all competitors will receive a Yum Yum Brothers energy bar.
Zone3, TriGirl and VO2 Cycling will all be on site on the day for you to purchase and try various tri-related products. You can also enjoy a post-race cake from our cake stall, so don't forget your wallets!
There will be post-race massage for those tired and achy limbs provided by the Crystal Palace Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic.
15 May - Race information documents are now available.
Start times will be published later this week.
Documents are available in PDF format. Please read the relevant documents for your race. Adults should take particular notice of the amended run route for this year's event.
Please note we are unable to change start times, make any further competitor transfers or give any refunds.
If you have any queries please contact us.
We award Male/Female 1st, 2nd and 3rd trophies for the following age-groups:
Open; Vet (40+); SuperVet (50+); Disabled; Youth; TriStar 3,2,1 and TriStart.
Presentations will be made as soon as possible after each event. If you are not present to collect your trophy you will need to pay £5.00 P&P in order for us to mail to you.
Lisa Collins - Art exhibition
14 May - Local artist and Crystal Palace Triathlete, Lisa Collins will be displaying some of her sport-related artwork at the Race on Sunday 22 May.
You can get a sneak preview of Lisa's work on her recently launched website.
12 May - TriGirl will be providing the following prizes to female age-group winners:
Female Senior, Female 40+ and Female 50+
1st prize - Trigirl £10 voucher plus cycling mitts
2nd prize - Trigirl voucher plus running socks
3rd prize - Trigirl voucher plus Trigirl race belt
1st, 2nd and 3rd girls in Tristar and Youth categories will win a Trigirl gym bag.
10 May - Runners Edge are giving vouchers to the winning male and female competitors and 10 Grid rollers as prizes.
Network Rail engineering works
9 May - We have beem advised that engineering works will be taking place on the Crystal Palace line on Sunday 22 May (read full details) and there will be replacement buses in place. If you were planning to travel to Crystal Palace by train you might like to consider travelling to the alternative stations, which are a short ride away, or you can register for our Car share scheme.
VO2 Cycling support Crystal Palace Triathlon
19 April - VO2 Cycling are provide the race numbers for this year's event along with a £75 prize voucher for their Bike Fit service which can be used for any type of road bike.
The Bike Fit is a system they use to help a rider get the best from their current bike, adjusting the rider and their bike to make it more effective to ride. This can eliminate injury, pain and make a rider's position more comfortable.
18 April - SwimTrek are providing an amazing prize for one lucky adult entrant of the Crystal Palace Triathlon. They are giving us a UK weekend SwimTrek break as one of our spot prizes.
One TriStart/Youth competitor will also win a SwimTrek goody bag, with a hoody and drinks bottle.
SwimTrek is the world's leading swimming holiday operator, running swimming tours, that are suitalbe for most standards of swimmers, to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Middle East and Northern Europe. They also do island or lake hopping following routes of cultural, historical and geographical significance. Pools are great for training, but nothing beats open water swimming holidays for fun, freedom and for a great feeling of achievement.
UK venues include the Norfolk Broads, the English lakes and the Western Lake District.
Enter competition to win free entry to our race
Competition now closed
2 April - Enter our competition to win free entry to this year's sold-out Crystal Palace Triathlon. Just answer 10 questions about the race and our sponsors and provide us with your contact details.
The competition is open to anyone over 17 years of age. There are no TriStar or Youth entries available. The competition closes at midnight on 18 April. Winners, who will be drawn at random from those with all the correct answers, will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date.
Members of Crystal Palace Triathletes cannot enter the competition.
Good luck. Hope to see you in May.
31 March - Download information, timings and schedule for the Crystal Palace Triathlon novice training days on Sunday 17 April and Sunday 15 May.
Both training days are fully booked. We do not have room for any additional participants so please do not turn up on the day as you will be disappointed.
28 March - Read an article about the Crystal Palace Triathlon being awarded BTF Event of the Year 2010 in the March edition of TriNews (PDF).
CherryActive discount and sponsorship
22 March - CherryActive Concentrate and Capsules are made from 100% concentrated Montmorency cherries, a rich source of powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins. Just released research by the London South Bank University has proven that CherryActive products can significantly improve recovery rates and reduce muscle soreness after strenuous training sessions.
Sport nutritionists recommend taking a 30ml serving of CherryActive within 20 minutes of training or competition, diluted with 250-500ml water, or added to a recovery shake. For additional recovery support, many elite athletes take two low-carbohydrate CherryActive Capsules an hour before bed, to help optimise recovery during the night hours. Montmorency cherries are also a good source of naturally-occurring melatonin, which can help maintain healthy sleep patterns. Quality sleep is also a factor in optimising sports recovery.
CherryActive products have been adopted by hundreds of triathletes, serious about their training and performance. Nick Beer an Elite Triathlete says “CherryActive is 100% natural, tastes great and is a crucial part of my post training recovery regime. Its powerful antioxidants help my muscles recover quicker, which means I get more out my training week”.
CherryActive has just launched its Facebook Fan Page so be sure to visit and click the ‘like’ button as all likes in March will be entered into a draw to win a CherryActive bundle worth £100. If you want to try CherryActive for yourself why not head to our website and enter the code CPT1 on the checkout and enjoy a 10% saving on any order (Code Expires 30/4/11).
CherryActive are providing vouchers for starter packs to all adult age group winners on the day.
16 March - Find out about cycle insurance from ilovemybike.co.uk.
Yum Yum Bros sponsorship
8 February - We are pleased to announce that Yum Yum Bros will be supplying food energy bars for all competitors on 22 May.
They will also be on site on the day for you to purchase more supplies of their tasty products.
4 February - With over 100 already on the waiting list for the adult race, we have decided not to accept any more entrants, as it's very unlikely that we will have that many withdrawals before race day.
The waiting lists for TriStar 1, 2 and 3 will close when we have 25 entrants in each.
We will let those on the waiting lists know if a place becomes available with instructions on how to accept and pay for your entry.
There are only a few places left in the TriStart and Youth categories, so don't delay if you want to secure your entry in this year's event.
Please let us know if you want your name added to our mailing list for future events.
Entries to the race and the junior race on 22 May are now open.
No further entries are being accepted or transferred.
2011 sees the return of the popular Crystal Palace Triathlon, organised by Crystal Palace Triathletes (CPT). The race comprises a 750m swim in the 50m pool at the National Sports Centre, cycle nine laps of a closed circuit within the park (closed to traffic!) then run two laps around the park, finishing in the renowned athletics stadium.
Swim = 750m - 15 lengths in 50m pool
Bike = 20km - 9 laps of closed road circuit in park
Run = 5km - 2 laps in park
Competitors for the full Sprint event must be 17 or over on 31 December 2010.
Update 24 January - Both training days are now full. If you are interested in attending, please indicate on your entry form and we will let you know if a place becomes available.
This year we are offering a choice of two novice training days (17 April and 15 May) for those (aged 17+) who are taking part in their first triathlon or just want to learn more. Each training day starts at 08:30 and finishes by 13:30 and will be led by Jon Horsman our L3 BTF Coach.
The format for the training sessions will be:
- Bike session / ride the course, descending and climbing
- Kit layout / transition / BTF race rules
- Run session / run the course, learn how to pace your run
- Swim session in 50m pool
- Overcoming your nerves and preparing for Race Day with sports psychologist Dr Victor Thompson
To get a place on one of the two training days, select from the merchandise section of the entry form. There are only 20 places on each session, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Entries are also open for the CPT junior triathlon, to be held on the same day (after the adult race). Further details of the junior race categories are shown below.
We will operate a waiting list should the race fill before the closing date.
The race will start at 09:00 and run through to approximately 12:00, with start times allocated according to estimated swim times. The juniors, starting with the Youths working through to the TriStarts, will commence at approximately 13:30.
Adult Entry 17+ years
Tristart Entry - 8 years
Tristar 1 Entry - 9-10 years
Tristar 2 Entry - 11-12 years
Tristar 3 Entry - 13-14 years
Youth Entry - 15-16 years
Entries for the CPT junior triathlon are in the following BTF categories (age as of 31 December 2011):
- TriStart - 8 years
- TriStar 1 - 9-10 years
- TriStar 2 - 11-12 years
- TriStar 3 - 13-14 years
- Youths - 15-16 years
The approximate distances vary depending on age group/category, please see details below:
TriStar - Start - 8 years
TriStar 1 - 9-10 years
TriStar 2 - 11-12 years
TriStar 3 - 13-14 years
Youths - 15-16 years
The Youth/TriStar races will be run according to BTF rules, ages and the distances raced.
- Up to 3 months - £25.00 refund (juniors/youths £8.00)
- 3 months - 1 month - £15.00 refund (juniors/youths £5.00)
- 1 month - 2 weeks - No refund but entry will be transferable
- Less than 2 weeks - No refund and entry not transferable
Any refunds will be made after the deduction of the charges made by the credit card companies that are non-refundable.
Entries cannot be deferred until next year.
- Your first triathlon
- Your first triathlon - article by Bill Black in The Guardian
- Triathlete Europe Beginner’s Guide To Triathlon
- Race SOS: Feeling sick - Triathlete's World
- 10 week Sprint training schedule - Triathlete's World
- Kit checklist
- British Triathlon Federation
- Tri24/7.com - lots of very useful triathlon information
- TriTalk - forum website
- Triathlete's World - 10 week Sprint training schedule
- Wiggle's guide to completing your first sprint distance triathlon
Simon's Service Centre are offering technical support on the day of the event through free check-ups on participants’ bikes before the triathlon takes off and on-site technical assistance throughout the day.
If you need your bike servicing before the event please contact Simon's Service Centre on 07880 715100.
ProSport Photos will again be taking photographs on race day. You will be able to view and order your images online after the event.
We would like to thank our sponsors and encourage you to visit their websites:
They will be on hand at the event for pre- and post-race massage, but if you have any injury concerns before then please call the Centre on 020 8778 9050 to arrange an appointment.
Carbon neutral race and using the journey planner
Since 2008 the annual Crystal Palace Triathlon has been carbon neutral and each year the club looks to ways in which it can reduce the environmental impact from putting on a top class race. In 2010 it was voted Triathlete’s World British Triathlon Event of the Year and the 2011 race will be run to the high environmental standards that you would expect for such a prestigious award.
After the race we will be looking at how we did on reducing our environmental impact, and you can support us with this. We will be asking all the competitors, marshals, organisers, and spectators to help us minimize the carbon footprint from the race. As organisers, we will be reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible but it’s important to remember that the largest part of the footprint comes from people driving to the race. This year we are again partnering with Jambusters to operate a car share so people can share lifts to the race - the details are below - although we also want to give people the choice of coming to Crystal Palace without needing to take a car in the first place. That is why this year we are including details of the local buses, trains and trams that, on the day, can bring everybody to the park.
Wherever you live or wherever you are coming from, please plan your complete journey using the handy planner below and see if there is a car free option to getting to the race.
And if YOU can’t avoid coming by car – we know how much kit we all carry – suggest to your wife, husband, kids, friends or neighbours that they should look at how they can get to the race without it!
Once there look out for the recycling and composting bins and help us run the race without it costing the earth – go on, be a good sport!
- help reduce CO2
- reduce journey times
- share fuel and parking costs
- meet new people
We've teamed up with Jambusters to make that easier. You can ask your fellow travellers for a contribution to costs and save some money on your own travel, or maybe don't bring a car at all. There are also links to various public transport and journey planner websites. If you are interested in car sharing please register on the Jambusters CPT car share website.
Cycle insurance from ilovemybike.co.uk covers racers against theft and accidental damage at events, and includes a breakdown recovery service that will rescue riders that have suffered a mechanical failure – all as standard and at no extra cost.
Every policy includes the following:
- New-for-old replacement following theft or vandalism
- The cost of repairs following accidental damage
- Free breakdown cover for bike and rider worth £34
- £1m third party cover
- Personal accident cover
- Hire bike
- 90 days’ European cover plus 60 days’
- Up to 40% no claims discount
Cycle Rescue offers cyclists breakdown cover similar to that offered to motorists. If you are unable to complete a journey, we will take you and your cycle to a railway station or cycle repair shop. We will, if preferred, take you home or to alternative accommodation if either are nearer. You can use this service after an accident, theft, vandalism or irreparable breakdown of your cycle.
The ilovemybike.co.uk brand is owned by the Environmental Transport Association (ETA)
Crystal Palace Triathlon won the Triathlete’s World British Triathlon Event of the Year award, which was presented at the British Triathlon awards presentation in Leicester on Saturday 13 November.
The event was awarded the prize because 'it's a regular fixture on the calendars of not only triathletes from London, but from around the country and is widely held as one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly events in the UK'.
The award was collected on behalf of the Club by Karen Ayers, John Petrides, Bruce Ayers and junior member, Adam Efrat. After winning the award, John commented "It’s fantastic, I had no idea. It goes to show that all the hard work put into organising the event has now been rewarded.”
Tri Together, is a triathlon uniquely designed for disabled and non-disabled people to swim, bike and run together. It will take place on Sunday 11 September 2011 at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London.
- Sprint distance triathlon perfect for everyone from the novice to the seasoned triathlete.
- Indoor 400m swim, a 15km cycle in Crystal Palace Park and a 5km run finishing in the Jubilee Stadium.
- Supported by Triathlon England, tri247.com and the Crystal Palace Triathletes.
- Individuals and Teams are welcome to enter and take on the challenge on their own or shared.
- A low entry fee in fact one of the lowest entry fees on the market from just £30 per person.
- It’s a fundraiser too participants are asked to raise £220 per person or £600 for a team of three. It’s worth it! Leonard Cheshire Disability provides innovative, life-changing services for disabled people to live life their way.