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The Outlaw Half report 2015
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Posted on: Monday 1st June 2015


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Alexander and Richards claim Outlaw Half titles in Nottingham

Karl Alexander overcame poor conditions and a very competitive field to win Nottingham's Outlaw Half Triathlon on Sunday 31 May. He completed the 1900m swim, 56mile bike ride and 13.1mile run in 4hours 15:19 to win by less than two minutes. Suzie Richards convincingly won the women's event despite it being her first attempt at a middle distance triathlon.

Karl Alexander and Suzi Richards

Alexander, who is based in High Wycombe, finished third last year, but leapfrogged his rivals, Ian Turner and Paul Hawkins, to win the race this year.

He said: "Today was very tough. The head wind in places was brutal which meant you were working really hard. But it's a great atmosphere here. Even on a day like today when the weather wasn't great, people's spirits were high and you just have to look around the lake to see that everyone is still up for it and enjoying it."

Alexander was keen to praise the organisers, One Step Beyond, adding: "It's great here because it's an affordable alternative to other events, but mainly the team is really fantastic, especially the volunteers. They're stood out there in the wind and the rain for seven hours and it's those kind of people who make this event what it is. I for one will be back for the Outlaw in July and the half again next year."

Ian Turner finished second for the third year in a row. He said: "I left too much from the swim to make up the ground so I lost a few minutes. Well done to Karl, he performed amazingly and held on very well."

Defending winner and course record holder, Paul Hawkins, was the early leader, but was disappointed to have to withdraw after the first lap of the run due to having missed training through injury. He will be back for the Outlaw Triathlon on 26 July.

The women's event was dominated by Leeds based Suzie Richards. She said: "Stepping up the distance was hard and completely different. I had to keep a lid on it at the start and on the bike because compared to the short races you feel like you're going really slow, when really you've got a long way to go."

Richards' winning margin was fifteen minutes over Elaine Garvican. Olympic silver medal winning Modern Pentathlete, Heather Fell, finished fourth in her first ever triathlon.

Whilst most would start with a shorter novice event, Fell went straight into the Outlaw Half and demonstrated her sporting class with a fine result and finishing time of 5:13:55.

She said: "I'm surprised with my time, particularly when I was on the bike. I'd like to try to get under five hours on another half, but the full would just be another ball game!

"Suzie was absolutely miles ahead, she passed me in the opposite direction and having not done a triathlon before I wasn't sure where I was on the course, so I was genuinely surprised when I finished."

Local trio Andy Tarry, Mark Redwood and Tom McGlashan won the relay event representing the award winning TFN shop, which is based in Beeston, Nottingham.

Local clubs had a huge presence through competing and volunteering in the worst conditions ever seen at an Outlaw event. A special mention goes to local man, David Manning-Ohren, who represents the 4Life Tri club, who completed the race in 5:30:41 and has now completed all three Outlaw Half events, and all five Outlaw events so far. He's back for the Outlaw on 26 July.

Well over 1000 people completed the course, and hundreds of volunteers helped deliver the third Outlaw Half Triathlon. The date for next year's event is yet to be announced, with entries expected to open around the end of August 2015. The event usually sells out in a matter of hours, but prospective competitors will have the opportunity to pre register their interest in advance.

Results (split times do not include transitions):

Men
1. Karl Alexander, 35-39, Erdinger AF, 4:15:19: 28:15 (swim), 2:18:45 (bike), 1:24:05 (run)
2. Ian Turner, 35-39, Greenlight PT, 4:16:54: 30:29 (swim), 2:19:19 (bike), 1:23:17 (run)
3. Alex Foster, 30-34, ChampionSystems/VCuk RT, 4:19:25: 24:52 (swim), 2:29:32 (bike), 1:21:23 (run)

Women
1. Suzie Richards, 25-29, Raceskin, 4:48:38: 28:58 (swim), 2:41:57 (bike), 1:34:09 (run)
2. Elaine Garvican, 35-39, PSOF, 5:03:48: 34:40 (swim), 2:46:37 (bike), 1:36:46 (run)
3. Claire Westerman, 25-29, Army Tri, 5:12:32: 32:13 (swim), 2:57:03 (bike), 1:38:57 (run)

Relay
1. Team TFN RT, 4:12:34: 24:45 (swim), 2:25:39 (bike), 1:19:32 (run)
2. Team Whatle, 4:28:45: 32:22 (swim), 2:21:53 (bike), 1:31:59 (run)
3. Team High5, 4:32:28: 23:39 (swim), 2:28:04 (bike), 1:37:59 (run)


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