Great racing at Windsor over the weekend.
The Toshiba Windsor Triathlon took place this weekend as many lined the streets to support the wide range of triathlon talent on display. The event which is organised by Human Race, the UKs largest and most diverse mass participation events company, has been running since 1990.
Mild conditions were the order of the day for competitors racing in the 23rd year of the Windsor Triathlon. The fact that the event is part of the British Triathlon Federation Super Series only added to the excitement of the occasion and attracted a lot of spectators who were eager to enjoy the action.
The race attracted a strong elite field for 2013. The Elite men and women raced over distances of a 1.5k swim, 42km bike course and 10km run to put on a fine display as supporters made the most of opportunities to witness some of the country’s top triathlon talent including 2012 Olympian Stuart Hayes.
The atmosphere was electric at the finish line and just a minute separated the Men’s Elite winner Tom Bishop (1:49:47) from second place Stuart Hayes (1:50:47). With Bishop first out of the water followed very closely by Richard Stannard, Tom got his race of to a swift start.
The front pack exiting the water included Bishop, Stanner, Shaw, Halksworth and Hayes who were leading the way as the elite men moved into transition. Bishop and Hayes remained neck-and-neck throughout the bike course, but it was Daniel Halksworth who completed in the quickest time, closely followed by eventual third place Ben Shaw (1:52:13).
The run was where Tom Bishop eventually broke away, completing almost a minute quicker than second place Hayes. Fourth place went to Daniel Halksworth (1:53:18) with Tom’s twin brother David taking fifth in 1:53:43. “It was a great race,” Tom commented. “The course is absolutely brilliant, the crowd really got behind us and the setting of Windsor is just amazing.”
The Women’s Elite race was equally thrilling with Emma Pallant crossing the line in 2:09:09. The talented young athlete who is coached by former Olympian Michelle Dillon completed a strong run as expected, to be crowned eventual winner.
Second place was awarded to India Lee (2:10:15) who played to her strengths finishing the bike course first before eventually being chased down by Emma Pallant on the run. Emma Holt took third place in a time of 2:12:12, with Emily McLoughlin (2:12:24) and Hannah Drewett (2:12:43) following.
The Toshiba Windsor Triathlon is not just known for its elites, the age-group races proved thrilling and spectators were delighted to see former French rugby player and Team Carbon Bikes ambassador Thomas Castaignède taking to the field, finishing in a time of 2:55:29.
Mark Yeoman was crowned overall fastest in the Olympic distance, winning in a time of 2:07:19 and Nicola Best took the place of best female in a time of 2:22:00. Also husband and wife duo Jodie and Paul Perry both took to the podium as they finished third and sixth overall respectively in their Olympic distance races.
Taking Sprint honours for the men overall was Christopher Symonds who finished in a time of 1:24:21 and the fastest woman over this distance was Susanne Hedges who completed in 1:30:28.
The amateur race had some interesting spectacles including that of David Lightbourne who designed and built a wooden framed bike to take part on.
2013 also saw the introduction of a relay option. One group who took advantage of this were the Andall clan who made it a family affair, with mum Natasha and her daughters taking part in the sprint relay while dad did the Olympic distance. “We have entered as a family Team effort to prove that teamwork really does work. It’s great to take part as a family. The girls had never taken part in a triathlon before but they relay loved it,” Natasha said.
All athletes crossing the line were given a refreshing Vita Coco coconut water and some Powerbar as they recovered from the race.
Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race said: “Well done to everyone who competed today. The caliber of athletes in both the elite and age group race was just fantastic and Windsor is a stunning location for the race.”
Next year’s Windsor Triathlon will take place on 15 June 2014. Entries in the priority window will open on 21st July 2013 for those who purchased two Human Race triathlons at Dorney Lake by 1 July 2013 and also those who have entered for 5 years or more. General entries will open on 1 August 2013. Check out: www.humanrace.co.uk for more.
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