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© Dave Tyrell
Barclay, Faux win Outlaw Half Holkham
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Posted on: Monday 4th July 2016

Tags  Cat Faux  |  Catherine Faux  |  Holkham  |  Holkham Hall  |  Laura Fidler  |  Reece Barclay  |  Simon George  |  Tom Vickery  |  Zoe Smith

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A stunning location, fantastic weather, a great course and some brilliant racing - the first edition of the Outlaw Half Holkham was most definitely a triumph from organisers OSB Events. The Outlaw brand has been expanded - and what a fine job they did.

Congratulations to Reece Barclay on his first major overall race win (after many significant age-group successes), and welcome back to Catherine (the Great) Faux who will soon, surely, be adding some major international race wins to her C.V. after being out of the sport for two years undertaking her medical training.

Reece Barclay and Cat Faux impress at Outlaw Half Holkham

Reece Barclay and Cat Faux won the inaugural Outlaw Half Holkham in beautiful conditions and the stunning setting of Holkham Estate in North Norfolk yesterday (3 July). Barclay was thrilled with his first overall win, and Faux was a convincing winner after two years away from the sport.

The race was billed as a rematch between Karl Alexander and Simon George, who finished just eight seconds apart at the Outlaw Half Nottingham in May after racing for more than four hours.

George set the early pace, motoring to the fastest bike split of the day. Alexander was moving well too until his back tightened and he backed off to save himself for the full distance Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham in three weeks time.

Running out of the second transition with a big lead, George faced a hilly 13.1mile run around the Holkham estate. Tom Vickery, made the sprightliest start to the run, looking light on his feet, passing those ahead of him and gaining on George. He passed George on the final lap and crossed the line as the first finisher.

However, he had to wait to find out whether anyone from the second wave would beat his 4hrs18:55 finishing time. News from the course was that Reece Barclay was running well and he came across the line in 4hrs17:18 to take the win.

Reece Barclay, copyright Dave Tyrell

Delighted, he said: “It was a tough course, but the location and the course lifted you the whole way. I knew there were some real fast guys in the first wave, so I knew it was going to be a matter of keep pushing. I knew I was in contention so I gave it my all.”

Cat Faux started the race as a clear favourite in the women’s race, despite having not raced for two years. But with a pedigree of having won her Age-Group in Kona and holding the Outlaw Half Nottingham course record, Cat was the star performer of the day.

She finished in 4hrs32:14, only just outside the overall top ten which featured some very high quality male athletes. Laura Fidler was the second placed woman in 4hrs55:17.

Cat said: “I was so nervous, it means so much to me, I cared an awful lot about this race and so there were lot of nerves. I came the position that I hoped I would.”

Cat Faux, copyright Dave Tyrell

The atmosphere at Holkham was fantastic with nearly 1000 athletes racing to beat their previous best times, raise money for charity, or just enjoy the stunning location.

Beijing Olympic silver medallist in Modern Pentathlon, Heather Fell, was fifth overall having only taken up the sport last year. Identical twins, Tim and Mark Dean, 49, from Cambridge raced together and crossed the line in identical times of 5:31:31.

Local clubs, Tri-Anglia, King Lynn and Ely came out in force and athletes travelled from across Britain to compete. Nottingham’s David Manning-Ohren made an extra special trip to keep up his Outlaw record; he has now completed every Outlaw and Outlaw Half event since the first one was launched in 2010. He’s now getting ready for the Outlaw Triathlon in three weeks time.

RESULTS; Outlaw Half Holkham; 1900m swim, 56mile bike, 13.1mile run (transition times not included):


1. Reece Barclay, 25-29, Hoddesdon Tri Club, 4:17:18 (25:50, 2:24:56, 1:24:01)
2. Tom Vickery, 30-34, Erdinger, 4:18:55 (29:54, 2:24:40, 1:22:12)
3. Simon George, 35-39, Giant Lincoln/Lincoln Tri, 4:19:44 (26:49, 2:19:53, 1:30:19)
4. Sam Begg, 25-29, 7OAKS TRI, 4:22:36 (28:18, 2:25:18, 1:26:43)
5. Tom Mcglashan, 25-29, Tricamp Tfn Race Team, 4:25:23 (29:04, 2:23:50, 1:29:48)


1. Catherine Faux, 25-29, 4:32:14 (29:29, 2:30:03, 1:29:36)
2. Laura Fidler, 30-34, PREMIER TRI, 4:55:17 (36:48, 2:30:49, 1:45:12)
3. Zoe Smith, 30-34, Rutland Running & Triathlon Club, 4:56:55 (32:59, 2:48:31, 1:32:12)
4. Gemma Frost, 30-34, 4:57:32 (31:16, 2:40:06, 1:42:57)
5. Heather Fell, 30-34, 5:01:30 (29:42, 2:44:47, 1:43:04)


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