Optima wins London League

A chilly, damp Halloween morning heralded the last race in the Triathlon London League 2010 – the Jekyll & Hyde Park Duathlon hosted by Serpentine – and also overall League victory for Optima Racing Team. London clubs were out in force, but all eyes were on Optima and Thames Turbo, both in contention for the overall win. In a tightly fought battle, Optima clinched victory by four points to take the League team win, largely helped by the performance of Gillian Sanders who took the female win in a time of 1:16:34, and finished 25th overall, crucially beating second-placed Esther Evans (Thames Turbo) by five places. The men’s race was won by James Brown (Thames Turbo) in a time of 1:11:48, with Carl Ferri (Herne Hill Harriers) second and Martin Muldoon (Serpentine) third. The fastest vet performance (Carl Ferri is a vet but he’s already trophied -up!) went to Tim Bishop (Optima) in 1:16:10, just 11 seconds ahead of Jon Horsman (Crystal Palace) and a further ten seconds ahead of Fraser Dawson (Optima).

Congratulations to Optima Racing Team who have finally broken up the Thames Turbo – Ful-On Tri monopoly on the Triathlon London League and are clear victors on the League tables with the maximum number of points. Thames Turbo finished second just two points adrift with Ful-On Tri third. The top nine places were rounded out by: SLH Tri Club, Serpentine, Crystal Palace, Wimbledon Windmilers, Met Police and Clapham Chasers. Consolation for Thames Turbo came in the form of the Mob Match overall win, with Ful-On Tri second and Optima third.

Source:, 1st November 2010