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Ollie Murphy – Testimonial

I joined James’ Optima set up at the end of 2013 after moving down to London. I was initially hesitant about turning up to the sessions. From the outside James’ coaching group looked like a very professional outfit and I was unsure that I was the right caliber of athlete, having only done a handful of triathlons and 10k races. …

Gillian Sanders – training for the Olympics

Having raced as a junior elite at World Championship level, I approached James at the end of 2009 (aged 28) after a lengthy lay off from triathlon with view to getting back into things and with the goal of a podium at World Age Group Champs the following year. I had done triathlon for many years but had never had …

Charles Hammon (Duathlon 40-44)

James Beckinsale has helped me to unlock my potential, through his knowledgeable and intelligent approach to training and technique, and his excellent motivational skills. Before I started training under James 2 years ago, I had reached a plateau. I was getting good results (multiple top 10 places at major championships), but I knew I could achieve more with the right …

Toby Matthewson (AG 40-44)

James was formerly in the Army and, as well as being a boxer, he developed a passion for triathlon; setting up his own club in 2000 in order to give his athletes the kind of personal coaching he believed would really make a difference. James’ club Optima Racing Team continues to grow and thrive but the numbers remain largely the …

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Sophia Sallar

I met James and Emma for the first time in March 2010. It was a rainy Saturday morning in Richmond Park and I was there for my first proper run. I was a swimmer before and having done good at an Aquathlon, I decided to try running and maybe get into Triathlon a bit later. However, it didn’t start very …

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Karren Axledottier (AG 30 – 34)

I started training with Optima Racing Team in 2008 where James Beckinsale is the head coach. Despite a busy lifestyle, working full time and being a mother of two children, I’ve managed to get some top age group results and that I thank to James and Optima Racing Team. Not only has James taught me how to swim, cycle and …