Top-level elite field assembles for 2014 running of the Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon
The Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon takes place on this Sunday 15 June and as ever there are a host of well-known, elite triathletes looking for glory at the event, which forms part of the British Triathlon Super Series.
Ahead of what is set to be a great day of top level triathlon action, with a large field of over 40 elites expected at the start line, organisers Human Race have picked out the athletes to keep an eye on as the racing unfolds.
Emma has only been a triathlete for about two years, but ever since she transitioned from distance running into triathlon, her ascension in the sport has been a remarkable one. Emma will take to the start line as the defending champion for Windsor 2014, having stormed to victory in a time of 2:09:09 in the 2013 edition of the race. Her other notable achievements include finishing first at the Vachery Triathlon in 2012 and taking the overall British Triathlon Super Series title in 2013 (by quite some margin!), as the only triathlete to podium at all four events. Emma is strong in the three disciplines, but given her running history, the third leg is where she often reels in her rivals.
Another recent convert to triathlon – after many years as a top-level runner, India made the switch to the sport in 2013. Success has been achieved quickly thus far, as Hampshire girl India has already turned in a string of impressive results. She was the runner-up at Windsor 2013 (in 2:10:15) and has already reached the top rung of the triathlon podium in her fledging career as well – winning the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon last year. India also finished 5th overall in the British Triathlon Super Series last season, so will be looking to break into the top three this time around.
Loughborough Triathlon RC team member, Jenny Manners will be returning to take on the Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon after a one year hiatus. In 2012 she finished a creditable ninth in the event, but was unable to take part the following year. However, 2013 was still something of a breakout season for the young triathlete as she picked up third place overall in the British Triathlon Super Series, helped on by two particularly strong performances at the Liverpool and London Triathlons. Jenny has already stated that she is: “really looking forward to getting going with the Series” and hopes to climb a couple of rungs on the podium in 2014.
Taking a strong finishing third (in 2:12:12) at the Windsor Triathlon in 2013, Emma Holt will be returning to the race looking to build on her success. Emma was consistent throughout the British Triathlon Super Series last year, taking a good points haul from each of the four events. In the end, she managed to place inside the top 10 overall (seventh) and given that Windsor was her strongest outing in the series, Emma will be on the hunt for another podium appearance. The highlight of Emma’s young career so far must be her third place overall at the European Championships (Sprint) in 2012, if she can bring that form to the Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon in 2014, she’ll certainly be a threat.
After taking the silver medal at the FISU World University Triathlon Championships in April of this year, a result which followed hot on the heels of a second place finish at the 2013 GBR National Championships; Heather is coming into the Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon riding on the crest of a wave. Heather is certainly a form athlete, but this shouldn’t come as any surprise given that she finished second overall in the British Triathlon Super Series last year and had she managed to podium at Windsor (the only event she didn’t take to the start line for) she really might have pushed Emma Pallant all the way.
A legend on the Windsor course, Richard has taken part in the event 16 times and has won the event twice. Known for a fast swim-leg and great efficiency through the rest of the race, anyone finishing ahead of Richard will have had a strong day out on the course. Richard finished in the top 10 in the British Triathlon Super Series 2013, and given that he has announced this will be his final Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon, he’ll be looking to go out with a bang.
Where to start other than at the London 2012 Olympic Games? Olympian Stuart Hayes was a key component in Alistair and Jonny Brownlee bringing home gold and bronze medals. Not only is Stuart a selfless teammate when he needs to be, he is also supremely quick. Competing in just two, of the four Super Series events in 2013, Stuart finished second overall, coincidentally by taking the silver medal position at both the events he competed in. On any given day, Stuart Hayes is likely to feature among the frontrunners at the Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon.
The fastest man in the British Triathlon Super Series in 2013; Tom showed up twice and took two wins from those outings, ensuring that he was undefeated. He’s the current Windsor Triathlon champ and will surely do everything he possibly can to defend his title.
Tom’s twin brother and speed-merchant himself, David Bishop will be looking to podium at the Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon in 2014 after taking third in Blenheim last weekend. David is a hugely exciting young, British talent. The Bishop brothers are often compared to another set of brothers competing in triathlons, and Tom and David will be looking to make a big a mark as those famous Brownlees on the triathlon world.
Like Tom Bishop and Stuart Hayes, Daniel Halksworth conserved his energy during last year’s British Triathlon Super Series. In his two competitive races of the series, the double Ironman UK finished fourth and fifth, agonisingly missing out on the podium. However, with a solid winter of training behind him, Daniel looks primed for a big year. If he can podium at the Triathlonguard Windsor Triathlon on Sunday 15 June, he’ll be well on his way.