One of the UK’s favourite long-distance triathlon events comes to Nottinghamshire this weekend as the Outlaw X event which first launched in 2019 to celebrate ten years of Outlaw Triathlon heads to Thoresby Park near Ollerton on Sunday.
The event on Sunday, one of the biggest sporting participation events in the UK since lockdown, provides triathletes of various ability levels from first-timers to world champions a truly beautiful but testing course with a 1.2 mile swim in Thoresby Lake followed by a 56 mile cycle ride amidst the North Notts countryside ending with a 13.1 mile run around the grounds of Thoresby Hall and Park.
The event due to covid-19 restrictions will start at staggered times throughout the day with triathletes setting off every ten seconds to encourage social distancing. There will be mask wearing, hand sanitising and segregation in place in the transition areas as athletes change equipment whilst spectators can be in attendance along the course subject to stringent restrictions around the final leg of the event.
With over 1,000 amateurs and some of the best-known triathletes in the country taking part, an ambassador and world champion triathlete himself, Alistair Brownlee said ahead of the 2020 competition “Events like these provide really important sources of inspiration and motivation for people to train and be active and healthy.”
Last year Simon George of the LincolnTri Club was the winner of the mens event whilst Michelle Carson of RmF finished as best placed female.
This year George heads off as the first triathlete in the competition with a 6:55am start time as a staggering $15,000 prize money is on offer thanks to the Professional Triathletes Organisation.
*Main image @OutlawTriathlon the finish line is only achievable after a gruelling 4 hours.