Distance: 1.5K/ 42K/ 10K
When: June 12
Where: Windsor, Berkshire
First man: Tom Bishop 1:52:33
First woman: Lois Rosindale 2:06:37
Last finisher: 2:31:35
No of finishers: 1,663
With the elite athletes forced to battle the elements as well as each other, age-group competitors may, for once, have appreciated their early start this year.
The deceptively sunny conditions and lack of current in the Thames certainly helped, with Matt Molloy becoming the first age-group athlete (40-44) in 12 years to complete the course in less than two hours, with a terrific time of 1:58:44.
Sunshine rapidly changed to hard rain and freezing winds, and many spectators opted
to head for the warmth of home rather than stay to watch the elite event. The problems posed to competitors by the unseasonably atrocious conditions can be conveyed by
one statistic: almost a quarter of the field failed to finish the race.
In the men's race, a strong pack, led by Matthew Sharp and Richard Stannard, emerged from the river and set a hard pace on the bike. But powerful headwinds allowed the chasing pack to catch up, so the leaders had to dig deep as they headed for home.
Tim Don was race favourite (he won here in 2009 and 2010) but he struggled somewhat on the exposed sections of the course, eventually dropping back to finish in 15th place. Tom Bishop and Aaron Harris tussled for first place, running shoulder to shoulder at one point, before Bishop was able to shake Harris off and snatch victory by a 10-second margin, in 1:52:33.
Lois Rosindale had a more comfortable race in the women's event, pulling away on the final run to secure a win in 2:06:37, more than a minute ahead of Ireland's Aileen Morrison. Overall, great performances in miserable conditions.