The Outlaw Triathlon returns to Nottingham this Sunday, 29 July.
The award-winning event is taking place for the ninth time and has attracted over 1000 athletes to undertake a 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike ride and 26.2mile run – all within 17 hours.
The event starts at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham at 6am on Sunday. The scenes at the start are always inspiring with nervous athletes preparing for a mammoth day of triathlon as the sun rises spectacularly over the lake.
The bike ride is focused around a cheering point in Car Colston, but also does a loop around Southwell. All cyclists will be clear of Southwell by 12pm and must be back at the National Water Sports Centre by 4pm in order to start the marathon run along the River Trent path.
Having already completed the long swim and bike ride, weary runners have until 11pm to complete the course, which crosses the Suspension Bridge and snakes around the Embankment before returning to the National Water Sports Centre.
The fastest competitors are expected to finish in front of the grand stand seating at the Water Sports Centre by 2:30pm. With neither of the defending champions able to compete this year, there will be a lot of competition to find a new Outlaw men’s and women’s champions.
There are however, a small group of athletes returning to the Outlaw again having completed it every year. These include Selston’s Gary Goacher, Kegworth’s David Manning-Ohren and Chesterfield’s Eugene Grant, who won the event in 2013.
Putting on the event has included the coordination of over 400 volunteers, many of whom are from local clubs. There is also a children’s triathlon race at 9am on Saturday morning following by the blueseventy Big Swim events, including a 5km open water race on Saturday afternoon.
Spectators are invited to enjoy the action for free. Parking is charged at £5 but spectators are encouraged to cycle rather than drive or get to the Trent Bridge area on Sunday afternoon to cheer the athletes along.
Cancer Research UK is the primary benefactor from the event, with fund raising from the last few years topping £2 million. Local charities will also benefit from individuals challenging themselves to take on this tough endurance event.
Event Director, Iain Hamilton, founded OSB Events as part of a sixth form college project in Nottingham in 1991. He commented: “Having hosted the ITU World Triathlon event on the Embankment last month, Nottingham is establishing itself as a major centre for endurance sport. I’m really grateful for all the local support for the Outlaw, and would like to wish all of the competitors good luck for Sunday.”
The bike course starts and finishes at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham. The majority of roads remain open, with signed local diversions and parking restrictions in operation. Cyclists leave the venue via a closed lane of the A52 from 7am, which will reopen by 10am. They travel along Shelford Road through East Bridgford and then turn south towards Car Colston to complete a loop up to Farndon. They then go north across Gunthorpe Bridge towards Oxton to complete a loop through Southwell, Kirklington and Farnsfield. All cyclists will be clear of Southwell by 12pm. They complete the first loop through Car Colston again before returning to the venue. All cyclists will be off the roads by 4pm.