At 6.15am the sun rising over the Regatta lake made it look almost inviting as the first wave of swimmers set off on the first discipline of the Outlaw middle distance triathlon. Having completed the 1.2m swim a quick transition saw the competitors off on their bikes for the 56m bike leg before finishing off with a half marathon taking them on 2 laps along the river and around the lake. Of the 18 Striders taking part Neil Hacon was the first Strider home in a time of 4:53:39 placing him a very impressive 105 th out of 1221 overall. Philip Jackson was 2 nd Strider home in a time of 5:20:15 placing him 290 th in the field. In 3 rd spot was Andy Baptie in a time of 5:23:36 placing him 320 th overall, an amazing result for his first race at half distance. First female home was Lynne Hacon in a time of 5:43:19 placing her 505 overall, 46 th out of 277 females. Full Results
Event: Outlaw Full Triathlon
Date: 24th July 2016
Location: National Watersports Centre
Distance: Full Ironman
Paul Bowditch took on his first full Ironman distance triathlon to try to become an Outlaw. The 6am start had him blinded by the rising sun as he tackled the 2.4m swim in a time of 1:22:21 then onto the 112m bike ride which he did in 6:04:59 and despite being unable to take on any fluids managed the 26m marathon run in 6:05:01 putting in a total time of 13:44:33.
The morning alarm call of 4am seemed a distant memory for the 20 Striders as they made there way to the Regatta lake @ The National Watersports Centre for The Outlaw Half Triathlon in Nottingham. The first wave set off at 6.30 with the next 3 groups following at 10 minute intervals until 7am for the final ladies wave tackling the algae and a 1.2mile out and back swim.
Out the lake for a quick transition to the bike leg, which took the competitors on a fast, relatively flat but windy 56mile course around the lanes of Nottingham. Finishing back at the water sports centre they hopped off their bikes (numb toes not helping) to tackle a 2 lap, 13.1mile run around the lake and river path. So many things can go wrong in a triathlon so it’s great to report that all 20 Striders made it along the red carpet over the finish line and collected their well deserved medal and ‘Outlaw’ title. James Brincat was the first Strider home in a time of 4:49:34 placing him a very impressive 61st out of 1108 overall. Matthew Norris was 2nd Strider home in a time of 5:05:05 placing him 146th in the field. In 3rd spot was Philip Jackson in a time of 5:07:27 placing him 168th overall. First female home was Lynne Hacon in a time of 5:58:07 placing her 635 overall. Special mention to the following at this their first half: Paul Bowditch; Jamie Goldthorp; Martin Ingram; Matt Nunn; Anthony Jackson; Charles Smith; Joseph Lovelock, Glenn Davies and Matthew Kingsnorth who was unfortunate to encounter some delay with a puncture.