Major changes to Windsor Triathlon announced

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Now ‘Royal’, Windsor Triathlon run course to use The Long Walk

The newly named Nuffield Health Royal Windsor Triathlon continues to evolve in what will be its 27th year, as organisers Human Race announce run course changes to include the iconic location of The Long Walk in Windsor Great Park.

Full details of the announcement below. Fingers crossed that the changes prove more successful long term than the ‘one and done’ Windsor Duathlon which hosted the British Duathlon Championships, based on The Long Walk, in 2016…

(And for those of us who have been around a long time, there was a time in the very early days of this event when it was known as the ‘Royal’ Windsor Triathlon. Back to the future?!)


New name coincides with stunning new run course on Royal grounds

One of the UK’s original and most iconic multi-sport events, the Windsor Triathlon, will become known as the Nuffield Health Royal Windsor Triathlon when it returns on Sunday 18th June 2017. As part of a number of improvements for its 27th year, the event will give athletes the opportunity to run on the spectacular Long Walk, right in front of the world famous Windsor Castle. In addition, the Nuffield Health Royal Windsor Triathlon will also receive a new title partner, cycle course and expand its popular ‘Mates Waves’. With over 2,000 people already signed up, an additional batch of places for the event are to be made available on the event page today.

Since 1990 the event’s unmistakeable run course has been hugely popular, giving triathletes the opportunity to race on closed roads alongside the walls of the castle, home to The Queen and over 900 years of Royal history. In 2017 the UK’s best triathlon run course will get even better, with participants taken fully onto Royal grounds, running from the gates of the castle and into gorgeous Windsor Great Park. This beautiful addition is a glorious climax to the testing course, and is typical of an event that loves to mix tradition with evolution. Those competing in both the Olympic (1,500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run) and Sprint (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run) distances will experience the new extension.

Nuffield Health have become the title partner of the Royal Windsor Triathlon, and will have a big presence across the event weekend. Chris Blackwell-Frost, Chief Customer Officer at Nuffield Health said “We are delighted to be title partner for the Royal Windsor Triathlon. This iconic event in the Triathlon calendar is renowned for being one of the top Olympic distance triathlons in the UK and as the official Health and Wellbeing Partner for Human Race we believe that we are the perfect partners to give expert advice on race preparation, training, recovery and injury prevention.”

Nick Rusling, CEO of organisers Human Race Events, said “It’s only appropriate that an event so important to the history of triathlon is given the Royal seal of approval. It’s a great honour for us to be able to use the Royal prefix and the stunning Long Walk, which we know people are going adore running on. It’s something we have been working towards for many years, and now we cannot wait for the 18th June!”

The event has been named the BTF ‘Triathlon of the Year’ a record seven times, and is known for a challenging and memorable course that includes a start in the River Thames, transition in Alexandra Gardens, and cycling through picturesque Berkshire countryside. Previous winners include Stuart Hayes, Emma Pallant, Spencer Smith, and Richard Stannard.

Limited places for the 2017 Nuffield Health Royal Windsor Triathlon are now available. Visit the event page for more information.

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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