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Craig Twigg, Jenny Latham take Outlaw 2015
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 27th July 2015


Tags  Claire Shea-Simmonds  |  Craig Twigg  |  Jenny Latham  |  Maree Jesson  |  Mark Livesey  |  Outlaw  |  Outlaw Triathlon  |  The Outlaw  |  Tom McGlashan


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We've got plenty of coverage to come from Sunday's sixth edition of the Outlaw Triathlon over the coming days, but first up the headline news that Craig Twigg became the first two-time Outlaw champion in defending his 2014 win, while Jenny Latham added her name to the honours list with victory in her first long distance race.


Twigg claims the Outlaw double, Latham debuts with a win

Craig Twigg became the first ever double winner of the Outlaw Triathlon at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham (Sunday 26 July). Jenny Latham completed her first ever long distance triathlon and won the women's event in an impressive time over the 3800m swim, 112mile bike ride and 26.2mile run.

Twigg, who lives locally in Leicester, battled rain and wind to win again against a quality field that included four of the previous five winners. His time of 8:50:56 was fifteen minutes faster than his winning time from last year.

The early leader was 2012 winner, Harry Wiltshire, who was on course to challenge the Outlaw record time, but a broken toe was always going to make the run painful. He withdrew after 10miles, putting Twigg into a commanding lead.

He finished ahead of Nottingham doctor, Tom McGlashan, who started the day hoping to finish in the top ten and surpassed his own expectations. Third place went to Mark Livesey.

Craig Twigg and Jenny Latham ©Drew Smith

The women's race saw Yorkshire-woman Jenny Latham finish ahead of Leicester's Claire Shea-Simonds. Her winning time of 9:55:59 marked a fine debut where she led from start to finish in the women's race. Maree Jesson was third.

The local Karen Green Foundation team won the relay event, including a course record bike split from Ryan Perry surpassing the record set by Tom Lowe in 2011. Olympian, Will Clarke, kicked off their day with a 49:20min swim and Shaun Livesey ran the marathon.

This year's event was the biggest ever, with around 1250 athletes starting. It was the first year that the event has seen bad weather, but the atmosphere was still fantastic as athletes challenged themselves to complete the course for personal best times, personal challenges, charity fundraising and the pride of being crowned a modern-day Outlaw.

Cancer Research UK are the official charity of the Outlaw Triathlon and could benefit from around £100,000 of fundraising from this year's event.

Entries for next year's race will open in September, pre registration is open now via www.onestepbeyond.org.uk.

Athlete quotes:

Craig Twigg, winner: “I was aware that Harry was going to drop out, but when he went off like a bullet I was unsure as to whether he actually would. I think I ran around around 15minutes quicker [than last year]. I'm over the moon.”

Tom McGlashan, 2nd place: “I had aspirations for top ten, but second has just blown me away. My running has always been an absolute disaster but it's really come on with a little bit of help from my uncle, who is a run coach.”

Jenny Latham, winner: “It's amazing, and I broke ten hours which is amazing, I was aiming for eleven. I struggled to eat breakfast I was so scared but it was an amazing race.”

Claire Shea-Simonds, 2nd place: “That's ten minutes off my PB in pretty crappy conditions. Hats off to Jenny, what a debut. I am really pleased with my swim, I ought to give credit to Craig Twigg for that, he gave me some pointers that made a real difference. What made it special today was that I had so many friends and family on the course.

Results, Outlaw Triathlon: 3800m swim, 112mile bike, 26.2mile run

Overall Men:
1. Craig Twigg, Speedhub, 8:50:56
2. Tom McGlashan, Tricamp TFN, 9:08:07
3. Mark Livesey, 9:20:04
4. Dominic Sanderson, RAF TRI, 9:26:12
5. Karl Alexander, Erdinger AF, 9:27:26

Overall Women:
1. Jenny Latham, Redvemon, 9:55:59
2. Claire Shea-Simonds, Racetime Events, 10:25:03
3. Maree Jesson, Wooton Tri, 10:37:18
4. Zoe Smith, Rutland Running & Triathlon Club, 10:39:10
5. Louise Harris, 10:49:42

Relay Teams
1. Team KGF Dream Team, 8:15:01
2. Balanced Performance Mwm, 8:31:00
3. Team KGF Racetime, 8:44:00
4. Balanced Performance Pacmen, 8:58:04
5. Team Nottingham Trent University, 9:15:05


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