In the blistering sunshine this weekend, more than 10,000 superfit athletes were perhaps grateful for a dip in the chilling waters of Royal Victoria Dock .
The splash in the waters was the beginning of the London Triathlon odyssey witnessed by more than 30,000 people – the biggest event of its kind in the world.
David Bishop and Charlotte McShane eventually secured victory but eyes scanned the faces of competitors to seek out Mel C, Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury and former Apprentice star Michelle Dewberry who all tackled the Docklands course.
The former Sporty Spice said: “I love London, this is my third time in its 20 years. I’ve just had my best race here and I look forward to next year.”
The AJ Bell London Triathlon saw participants from the 52 different countries and included Olympians, Commonwealth medallists and first-time triathletes, many running for charity – £1million is the estimate – and some in relay form, like TV’s Jason.
He said: “I’m delighted to be part of a team of Parliamentarians to raise money for the British Triathlon Foundation Trust.”
With the event taking place over two days the competition reached its climax on Sunday as David Bishop and Charlotte McShane stormed to victory in the men’s elite and women’s elite races recording times of 1 hour, 45 minutes and 13 second and 1 hour, 56 minutes and 33 seconds respectively.
Charlotte McShane timed 18 mins 35 secs on the swim, 58 mins 21 secs on the bike and 35 mins 59 secs on the run to secure her victory.
David Bishop narrowly beat Dan Wilson and Matthew Roberts to finish 1st finished his swim in 17 mins 45 secs, his bike in 52 mins 9 seconds and his run in 32 minutes flat.
Event organiser Andy Knee said: “This is the 20th year of the AJ Bell London Triathlon and it’s great to still see so many competitors and spectators take to the streets of London to enjoy this spectacular event.
“We are very proud to have watched the event grow into the largest triathlon in the world, and firmly believe the iconic central London course, continues to bring people back year after year.”
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