WINDSOR DUATHLON (BRITISH DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS)
IT’S A HAT-TRICK FOR BRIT EMMA PALLANT
WHAT WINDSOR DUATHLON WHEN 3 APRIL WHERE WINDSOR GREAT PARK, BERKSHIRE
Unstoppable Emma Pallant scored a hat-trick at the National Duathlon Championships seizing the podium top spot for a third successive year.
And no-one was more pleased for her than former Olympian and previous world duathlon champion, Michelle Dillon, who was beaten into second place by more than a minute.
Dillon, who came out of retirement to race on home soil, is none other than Pallant’s coach. The following morning she tweeted: “I can’t walk this morning but it was worth it, 2nd to @EmmaPallant at Elite National Duathlon Champs whoo hoo! :-).”
Fresh from her three-in-a-row victory Pallant revealed that she has an exciting year ahead of her. “It was a great experience to be racing with my coach, I had fun out on the course and the event went really well. This year I’m aiming to defend my World Duathlon Championship title as well as having a go at 70.3 racing. I’ve got a huge amount to learn, having never time-trialled before but I’m really excited about getting a year of experience in.”
Pallant will be vying for the world championship title in Aviles, Spain on 4 June.
Great Britain elite team duathlete, Gillian Palmer, crossed the line just 12 seconds behind Michelle Dillon, taking bronze in the multi-lap event held within the great walls of the historic venue.
In the closely fought men’s race Richard Horton celebrated victory after completing the sprint distance course in 54:16 to finish 10 seconds clear of Calum Johnson in 54:26.
The Racetime Triathlon Club athlete also saw off competition from former Commonwealth Games racer, Liam Lloyd, who clocked 54:35 to take the final podium spot.
Afterwards Horton said: “Being crowned national champion feels really good, it’s taken a while to become a senior champion but it’s a big relief to finally win this event. I knew that there would be some strong boys racing today such as Calum Johnson and Liam Lloyd, along with a number of others, but a group of seven of us got away on the bike and we worked together really well.”
Meanwhile age-grouper Lucy Charles (see this month’s On a Roll p16) took silver medal for the 20-24 age category.
In the British Elite Paraduathlon Championships, Bret Crossley took the PT1 men’s victory in 1:04:30 while Lizzie Tench picked up the women’s PT1 honours.
An ecstatic Tench said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to bits with the win today. Having just found out that PT1 racing will be involved in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, it’s a real goal to aim for, and races like this are great to prepare. “I really
enjoyed it. It’s a beautiful park. A tough course, but I enjoyed it.”
PT4 athlete, Chris Frost, put in a flawless performance to finish top of his category, as did Faye McClelland (PT4) in the women’s race, pipping Ruth Wilson (who featured in our Inspired By recently) to the top spot.
McClelland said: “It was a really tough race today, I had Ruth (Wilson) by my side the whole way which kept me on my toes. The bike was undulating, so that was quite challenging but, all in all, it was really good.”