Crystal Palace Triathlon - Feedback

Crystal Palace Triathlon 2008


We really appreciate your feedback and suggestions regarding our race.

Thank you to all competitors who have taken the time to send us feedback on the 2008 race. Here is a selection of comments received so far -


Another fantastic event, most enjoyable for the superb organisation, great weather but most of all, the enthusiasm, cheery supportive attitude of your marshaling members, especially those at the "top corner" corner of the bike course who shouted "bella bella Bianchi" every time I passed ! Congratulations CP Tri - the event was a credit to you all.

Thank you for putting on such a well organised and friendly event. It was my first triathlon and was very worried beforehand but felt very relaxed as soon as I began to register. The marshals were very friendly and supportive and made the event very enjoyable (far more enjoyable than I imagined a triathlon could be!) I have definitely caught the bug and will be applying for a place next year.

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the race yesterday. It was fantastically well organised and every one of the stewards was really encouraging and helpful. Will definitely be back for next year's race.

Many thanks for organising such a superb event. It was my first triathlon and I was very impressed with the whole set up from clear pre-event instructions, a painless registration process, phased start times, and excellent marshals and volunteers running the event.

I would just like to say big thanks for such a great race. It was one of the best organised and fun events I’ve been to. I’ll be signing up again as soon as the entry is open for 2009. I`ve nothing bad to say about your event.

I would like to say a massive thankyou for hosting a fantastic triathlon, I loved every minute of it!

What made it such a good experience was the marshals working around the course and transition. Everyone was really friendly and supportive, despite going around the park 9 times - every time the marshals shouted out your number and cheered which helped a lot, really encouraging!

The organisation was fantastic, in the pool it was like clockwork.. Which was great, it's not good to hang around before starting! The transition was well organised with plenty of space which made the experience feel a lot more relaxing knowing you could go in and out as many times as you want before the race and finishing in the stadium made it feel really special.

So thank you to everyone involved - definitely one I would like to do again!

This was my first tri, I loved the event and had a great time, thought that it was well organised. Like to say thank you to all the marshals that cheered me on, they really made a difference :)

Thank you for putting on a great race yesterday. Fantastic organisation and support from all the marshalls even laid on perfect weather this time too!

This was the 1st time I have ever attempted a triathlon, despite being in the small pool the whole event was outstanding in it organisation, security of the transition area and overall support from the marshals.

The final bend down towards the athletics track had a really great crowd that just kept giving. I would recommend anyone to participate in this event and the massages at the end was a perfect finish to the race

Keep up the good work.

This was my first year doing this tri, and my wife's first ever triathlon! Certainly the weather went a long way to ensuring a great experience, but I must add that it was very well organised, an excellent course, and the marshals were FANTASTIC (my wife was high-fiving them on the run course, and was definitely stoked by there loud and ubiquitous encouragement of the athletes).

Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who helped organize yesterday, it was my first triathlon and I was totally inspired by the marshall’s I thought they were all amazing and an inspiration. They really did help to motivate me and keep me going through a rigorous day!! Thank you!

Thanks for a great day at the races. The nicest, most encouraging marshals ever, an interestingly technical transition from the swimming pool!, fantastic weather, actual goodies in the goody bag - and you even gave me a prize. Only request is that next year you have extra small T shirts too as small is still a challenge to a lean and hungry triathlete.

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the triathlon yesterday. I think that it was extremely well organised and my thanks go to all the volunteers who helped make it such a great day. This is now the third time that I have done the Crystal Palace Triathlon - the first time was in 1995 and the second time was in 2001.

Absolutely brilliant the volunteers / helpers were really friendly, encouraging, positive not officious. It was a really nicely run event, well done.

A great event, organisation was excellent and the marshals were efficient, enthusiastic and charming well done Crystal Palace Tri.

Just a quick note to say thank you for yesterday’s race. I thought it was well organised, friendly and (thankfully) drier than last year. I hope to be back in 2009.

I would just like to say a big Thank you. This was my first Triathlon, throughout the whole day I was reassured and supported.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the stewards who did such a fantastic job yesterday – all smiles and encouragement. I did last year’s in the pouring rain and still enjoyed it so yesterday should have been a hugely inspiring experience for anyone doing it for the first time. I look forward to next year and the return to the 50m pool.

I'd just like to say a huge thank you for hosing a very enjoyable event. Special thanks to all the marshals who were extremely helpful and organised. Their shouts and claps of encouragement seemed unending.

I'll look forward to next year and keep my fingers crossed that the larger pool will be open, the only slight drawback of the day being the difficult but understandable conditions for the swim.

This was my second sprint triathlon - and I have to say hats off to Crystal Palace triathlon club. I roped in two of my friends to also do the triathlon having never done one before and they also had a brilliant day, and are keen to do more. My husband - normally a couch potato is now inspired!!

The co-ordination was excellent, the marshalls were so brilliant and supportive all the way. I was also very impressed at the efforts to be a carbon neutral event. I will definitely be back next year with some more friends.

Thank-you for putting on a great race. As a race organiser I know how much hard work goes into making an event run smoothly.

Race info: Very good. Everything explained and all data on web site.
Parking: Easy with good marshalling. It would be nice to have a few signs on the major routes to the venue to direct competitors. I was lucky to follow a couple other cars with obvious tri gear, otherwise not being used to London I would have struggled.

Registration: Fast and efficient: Transition: Spacious with plenty of individual space. Secure and friendly. Swim: Made the best of what was available. Looking forward to the reconditioned pool next year. Cycle: Excellent circuit. Little bumpy going down towards the bridge as 50kph +. Nothing you can do about that. Run: No problems. Varied and demanding. Great to finish in the stadium. Overall: Excellent support from all the many marshals. Please pass on my thanks to all the people who gave up their time to clap, smile and encourage all the triathletes on what must have been a long day for them. The only complaint I have is the lack of prizes. With only two categories, overall and 40+, it was very limited for what was a large field. It would be nice to have age group winners for each BTF age group (M+F). This would give 50+ people like myself a chance to compete for a prize and encourage many more people to hang around for prize giving.

Just wanted to say that I was really impressed with the organisation of the event yesterday, the marshalls and everyone were really helpful and friendly, and as it was my first tri it really helped. I’d def. do the event again or recommend it. Thanks!

My second Crystal Palace tri - did last year's.

As usual fantastic logistics and organisation, super enthusiastic Marshals and helpers. Overall a really nice atmosphere and a great day.

Only this year amazing weather too.

Great event yesterday! Super organisation, awesome marshalls and the stadium finish is a real motivator.

It was my first triathlon and I fully enjoyed it. The Marshall were great and it was good to get support from them. Well done for the organisation and see you next year.

I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone involved with organising today’s event.

The organisation was excellent, the marshalling superb and the support and encouragement from all of marshals made a big difference to the overall race experience.

I have raced in many events this season and this was one of the most enjoyable especially as it was the first time that my wife and I have lined up in the same race.

Many thanks for a fantastic day and I look forward to coming back next year

I would like to contribute in a positive and negative way about today.

Firstly, very well done on today, very well organized and I can’t remember going past a marshal without getting some kind of support/encouragement which was very helpful.

Secondly and unfortunately my bike got a puncture on my 7th lap, this was from glass about 300 yards before the bridge where there are car park lines on the right hand side, the hole too big to repair I finished the bike leg at a snails pace, hopefully nobody else had the same problem.

Overall, a fantastic day, well organized and people I spoke with had the same opinion, congratulations on a great event.

I would appreciate it if you could pass on my thanks to everyone who helped organise and run the triathlon today. It was the first one I have done and thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere was great and above all all staff were helpful and friendly. There was encouragement all the way round which was a huge boost!Well done to you all and thank you again for a fantastic day and I will look forward to seeing you al there next year.

Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed today's race. It was my first triathlon and I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a good course (if a bit hilly - but guess you can't do anything about that!), friendly competitors and lots of wonderful Marshals. They answered all my silly questions, helped me put the chain back when it fell off my bike and always cheered as I passed. In many ways, this last is what I appreciated most - it really kept me going. All in all a great experience! And I am hoping that the results will show I finished in a not-too-embarrassing time, though I managed to miss the mat on the last lap of the bike, so am not sure if I'll have registered as finished....
Thanks very much for a great day.

What a fantastic day it was! Huge thanks to you and all the others who arranged and marshalled the event so brilliantly; it was really fantastic in every respect - so well organised, loads of encouragement and support along the way... altogether an experience to be repeated (hopefully ...even with that hilly bit!). Thank you.

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