Deja vu as Hayes and Pal­lant re­tain their Wind­sor crowns

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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 fromhu­man­­sults

Next year’s race will re­turn on Sun­day 18 June. En­ter at hu­man­

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