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Wiltshire, Rand take Outlaw Triathlon 2012
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 1st July 2012


Tags  Emma Rand  |  Harry Wiltshire  |  Outlaw  |  Outlaw Triathlon  |  The Outlaw


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Blue skies, sunshine, overcast, driving rain, calm, extreme winds - no snow... but it has certainly been something of a 'four seasons in one day' event today at the third running of the Outlaw Triathlon, the multi award winning ironman-distance event from One Step Beyond Promotions.

Selling out months in advance, close on 1000 individuals and teams were registered to take on the Nottingham based course including last minute entry Harry Wiltshire.

Harry is not completely new to long(er) racing, finishing ninth two weeks ago at Wimbleball, Ironman 70.3 UK. I also watched Harry finish fifth at the Alpe d'Huez Long Course two years ago.

Today he lead...from the very first stroke to the final stride across the line. Even from 250 metres away the Wiltshire swim stroke can't be mistaken, and he continued to lead - aside from a couple of relay teams - to the very end. The run was tough with Chris Goodfellow, a sub-9 hour iron-distance finisher at Copenhagen last year, starting the run 7:25 down and at times closing that gap slightly. Wiltshire held firm though and had a five minute buffer to win over his first attempt at the distance. 'Dirty Harry cleans up at the Outlaw' indeed :-)

After the race he joked: “Why would you run a marathon after zero training?! It's really important to respect the event, these people who compete in these events train for twelve months to prepare.

“It's been a great race and a really fun day.”

Goodfellow added: “Harry killed me on the swim, but I caught up on the bike and I was only seven minutes behind after the bike. I kept pushing myself, hoping he'd let up and the last 20km was really close. It's a really nice course and the atmosphere was great, so I'd definitely come back.”

The ladies race saw Layla Cartwright finish the bike with a hug lead of over 17 miutes over Claire Smith (17:16), Rachel Hall (19:08) and Emma Rand (21:49). It soon became clear though that the remainder of the top eight were all making ground on that lead, and quickly started to be chipped away. Two thirds of the way through and Cartwright faded significantly and it was Emma Rand who moved to the front of the field having left T2 in fourth. Claire Smith maintained her second place while Nicola King moved from eighth at T2 - almost 30 minutes behind Cartwright to finish third.

Rand missed the 11-hour mark by 15 seconds, but didn't appear to upset and was soon chatting happily to the TV and appearing ready and able to carry on if needed.

"The wind was really hard, but I just kept going and kept trying and just got on with doing a job really. I've never done something like this before, and it's probably the biggest thing I've ever achieved, I might even have to come back next year! I never ever expected to win, so I'm really chuffed.”

Pos Men Women
1st Harry Wiltshire 9:06:16 Emma Rand 11:00:15
2nd Chris Goodfellow 9:11:18 Claire Smith 11:09:08
3rd Nathan Bradford 9:26:00 Nicola King 11:19:54
4th John Whitworth 9:26:58 Jennifer Moffat 11:23:57
5th Phil Whitehead 9:39:47 Nicky Brinkmann 11:28:08

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