Yesterday marked the official end of the 2017 Open, with the final 17.5 scores being submitted. On Friday we hosted the final Friday Throwdown, including fancy dress theme, awards, and drinkin’. We had 72 members sign up this year; add to that all the drop-ins who stopped by plus all those who completed the workouts without signing up, this was the biggest Open at CrossFit London ever.
A big thank you and well done to everyone who attended over the last 5 weeks. It can be intimidating to workout with all eyes on you, but everyone did fabulously, even a few PBs and muscle-up firsts to boot.
It has become a yearly tradition at CrossFit London that we present awards to the top athletes and stand-out performers at the final Friday Throwdown. This year was no different. Well done to all our awards winners.
Top Female: Sophie Skinner
Blood & Guts: Gurdeep Sekhon
Most Judgemental: Ali Partridge
Best Newcomer: Mike Baynes
Most Improved: Jo Peck
Best Costume: Pete Thompson as Big Hero 6
but there are two more awards to give out.
Top Male: Sam Wood
The race was too close to call on Friday, but now that all the scores are in we can finally announce that Sam Wood is our Top Male athlete.
See the full leaderboard to find out where you came.
Spirit of the Open: Mani Randhawa
Always wearing a smile and always around to offer words (shouts) of support, Mani embodied that true give-it-a-go ethos and was just as concerned with everyone else’s performance as hers. That’s why she wins this year’s Spirit of the Open.
Both of your shiny trophies are in the Coach Comms locker in 9MP.
For the first time this year, all the CFL sign-ups were assigned a team to compete with. Team Glues, Team Quads and Team Abs. That team rivalry even spilled over into a few tense games of Flip Cup on Friday. Things came right down to the wire, with just 37 points between the first and second place teams.
But the overall win goes to Team Abs. You win this photo of Angelina Jolie clapping next to William Hague.
The Open takes a lot of organising and a lot of people to make it happen.
Without the help from all your coaches, in particular Tim, Carolyn, and Rachel the Friday nights wouldn’t be able to happen. They all gave up a lot of their time to help make the Friday Throwdowns go as smoothly as they did. Similarly, Kat, Rosie, Kate and Nic who ran all your catch-up sessions so that everyone could get a chance to complete the workouts.
Thank you to Chloë and Tom for all their filming and photo-ing, both of whom gave their time free of charge. (There’ll be a video coming soon from Tom, depending on how many days of footage there is to edit).
Many thanks to the judges too. It can be a real pain, and especially irksome when you’ve just finished a workout of death, but judging is an intrinsic part of The Open and a necessary evil. However, this year it has been incredibly easy to find judges whenever we needed, with everyone pitching in and lending a hand (especially our award-winning Most Judgemental judge, Ali, who was counting reps all the way to the end, beer in hand).
Thank you also to the board who funded the booze and drinks for Friday night and let us dick about in the gym after hours.
(Notes for next year: 12 pizzas is not enough. No-one wants red wine after a workout.)
Now that the Open is over, for those of you who enjoyed the rush of competition, keep an eye our for other competitions coming up this year, starting with the first round of the 2017 Box Battles. From there Coach Tim will be putting together some other in-house throwdowns.
For those of you looking to get back to your daily fitness grind, the Open will have given you the perfect insight into what you need to work on for next year. Whether that be your engine and you need to start going to MetCons, or your heavy snatches let you down and Olympic Lifting is where you’re headed next, there’s a class somewhere on the schedule to help you achieve that goal, so get at it.
I had an absolute blast this year and am supremely proud of everyone that took part. Here’s to doing it all again in 2018!