Deja vu as Hayes and Pallant retain their Windsor crowns
WHAT WINDSOR TRIATHLON WHEN 12 JUNE WHERE WINDSOR GREAT PARK, BERKSHIRE
Former Olympian Stuart Hayes and two times world duathlon champion Emma Pallant returned to Windsor to defend their titles and once again emerged victorious.
In what could have been an action replay from last year’s race the athletes, both members of Team Dillon, shook off competition on the run and crossed the finish line clear winners.
Around 2,000 triathletes took on the 26th iconic swim, bike and run race that started in the River Thames and finished in the shadow of Windsor Castle.
As an added pressure for the defending champions, they faced a challenge from ambitious age-groupers who earned a slot beside them.
Racers who could complete an Olympic distance in under 2:30 hours got the chance to start alongside elites in the Race With The Stars wave.
This wave aimed to offer “best in class” age-groupers smaller waves and provide an ideal setting to push themselves to the limit, potentially bagging themselves a PB in the process, explained organisers.
In the women’s race fellow Team Dillon athlete Hannah Howitt had one of her most successful races ever leading the 1,500m swim.
Still on a high from her second successive world duathlon victory, Emma Pallant was unbeatable and crossed the line with a clear four minute lead ahead of Sarah Lewis (Freespeed) and Emma Deary (Stortford Tri). Howitt eventually finished fourth.
In a repeat of last year’s success, Hayes pulled away from the opposition during the bike leg and smashed out a 58.07 split crossing the finish line ahead of Tom Davis and David Bartlett.
Winner of the shorter sprint distance was Mark Yeoman in 1:19:44 in the male category, with Ben Ashwell and Duncan Allan completing the podium. The female sprint winner was Carol Bridge in 1:26:59, closely followed by Bridget King and Karen Roake.
New for 2016 was the Club Championship, allowing members of triathlon clubs to represent their team on race day. The female title went to Berkshire Tri Squad with Team Dillon taking the male trophy.
In the relays, Team Beecroft picked up the sprint title, with Team Choppers claiming the Olympic. The oldest winners on the day were Tom Rylance (79) and Daphne Belt (76), with Tom completing the run section barefoot. Many other awards were handed out to each of the age-group winners, with full results available fromhumanrace.co.uk/results
Next year’s race will return on Sunday 18 June. Enter at humanrace.co.uk.