WARM conditions suited East London's Matt Molloy as he led from start to finish to win the second event in the Triathlon Series hosted by Hillingdon Triathletes.
While Molloy stormed home in the 600m open water swim, 6km run and 25km bike ride, almost two minutes later there was a tremendous battle for second place.
Eventually Clark Schofield out-sprinted clubmate John Franklin to win by the narrowest of margins, with both competitors given the same time. Mark Edwards, still recovering from his fine performance at Windsor, was fifth and Tom Korff was eighth.
Hillingdon swept the board in the women's event as Jenny Shorrocks took the win following a strong swim with Michelle O'Dea in second and Melissa Arkinstall third.
Michelle Ford won the veteran women's category and Steve Hyett took bronze in the men's veteran standings, while Kevin and Sky Draper made up the winning relay team.
Harefield's Dave Knight saw off Andy Sharpe and Stuart Reilly to be the first resident across the line.
Other Hillingdon results were: 13 Suneil Basu, 16 Simon Clariage, 17 Roger Fowkes, 21 Oliver Jones, 23 Ian Gould, 24 Jacob Gloor, 31 Richard Nash, 36 Suzanne Hopper, 38 Robert Doyle, 45 Martin Bowd, 51 Nick Wilson, 53 Ian Leslie, 54 Andrew Tause, 66 Steve Hart.
In the run, cycle, duathlon race Jerry Fahy finished third, Mike Diggins was fourth and Mark Delahunty came sixth.
John Levison, Steve Gardner and Berj Kantarjian all recorded personal best times in the club's fifth evening time trial of the season, behind winner Mark Edwards (23.39).
Other times: Clark Schofield 23.54, Dan White 23.54, Simon Claridge 24.06, Dave Knight 24.30, Levison 24.47, Ian Gould 25.06, Jon Leigh 25.23, Geoff Collins 25.28, Jacob Gloor 25.36, Paul Cassingham 25.37, Gardner 25.46, Kantarjian 25.56, Martin Ancketill 26.00, Olivier Garrigue 26.09, Oliver Jones 26.09, Chris Pinnell 26.13, Leon Harris 26.22, Daniel Thompson 26.32, Michelle Ford 26.39, Steve Hyett 26.42, Dave Wardle 26.44, Martin Bowd 27.06, Jenny Shorrocks 27.08, Ian Birch 27.30, Melissa Arkinstall 27.58, Richard Nash 28.19, Andrew Taube 29.25, Andrew Colvin 30.00, Steve Hart 30.09, Annie Birch 30.19.