Boston Triathlon club headed over to the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepoint Country Park in Nottingham early on Saturday 25th July for the start of the Outlaw Triathlon weekend.
Spread over the two days the OSB hosted weekend is formed by three events, on Saturday morning Future Outlaw, Saturday afternoon Big Swim and Sunday, the main event, Outlaw Nottingham. Boston Triathlon Club had athletes in all three events.
The Future Outlaw gives junior triathletes the opportunity to take part in triathlon and is one of the few events where junior triathletes get to compete at the same venue and in the same weekend as adult triathletes. The Future Outlaws aim is to embody the same friendly and welcoming atmosphere as the Outlaw full distance event. Open to 11-15 year olds the junior triathletes had to Swim 200m, Bike 5km and run 1500m.
The start, swim, and transition were all located at the boat house end of the National Water Sports Centres main regatta lake. After an open water swim in the regatta (unusual enough in Junior triathlon) it was out on the bike for 5km along the bank of the lake before transition once more and the 1500m run finishing with a sprint down the orange carpet used for the Outlaw Full the following day.
Grace Kenning 4th 26:33 (F 13), Jessica Herriott 3rd 26:45 (F 11), Frank Kenning 6th 27:39 (M 11)
Taking place in the Regatta Lake at the National Water Sports Centre on the Saturday afternoon the Big Swim Nottingham is a chance for open water swimmers to challenge themselves over a choice of three distances. Choosing from one of 1,500m, 2,500m, or a 5,000m swims. With an easy to navigate route it is a popular event with those open water swimming for the first time. Boston Triathlon Club had two athletes taking part, Jo Lovell (1500m) 3rd (F 40-44) 34:27 & Martin Jessop (2500m) 7th (M 50-54) 58:13
The Outlaw Nottingham Full Distance Triathlon is the culmination of the Outlaw Weekend. Celebrating its tenth year the event has grown in size and stature over the last decade, but has managed to maintain its friendly and welcoming nature.
The race start, open water swim, transition areas and much of the run of this Full Distance triathlon are held within the grounds of the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepoint Country Park. The 2.4mile swim takes place in the same regatta lake that had seen service twice the day before. The 112mile bike course is on partially closed roads. The bike course is flat and fast, with only one notable climb. Formed from two loops it reaches Farnsfield and Kirklinton to the north and Long Bennington to the south east.
After arriving back at the Water Sports Centre its off the bike, as they head out onto the flat, multi-lap 26.2mile run course around the Regatta Lake and on to the River Trent towpath. The route passes Trent Bridge, the City Ground (home of Nottingham Forest), Wilford Suspension Bridge and the Victoria Embankment.
Boston Triathlon Club had five triathletes competing as individuals and three teams of three competing in relays. Easily the biggest number of competitors the club has had perform at this distance.
The relay teams had been formed after a club member chose to give up their individual place at the triathlon following the diagnosis of a family member with the soft tissue cancer Sarcoma. The club decided to use the place to raise awareness and donations for the charity Sarcoma UK, because of the distances involved and the physical endurance needed to complete the event a relay team quickly became the obvious solution. Such was the enthusiasm within the club to help it soon had more members willing to compete in a relay team than it did places. One member very generously offered to convert their individual place to a relay and the wonderful people at event organisers OSB also donated a relay team entry to allow all those who wanted to help support the charity could.
The rain storms which were a feature of the Saturday activities and had kept awake those who camped over night at the Country Park cleared as athletes made final preparations for the triathlon start early on Sunday morning. The respite was short lived however as just before the 6am race start the heavens opened. Such was the ferocity and volume of rain fall that by the time the first swimmer was out of the water the race organisers were forced to pause the event. The roads surrounding the venue had been overwhelmed by the weight of rain and the decision was made to cancel the bike leg portion of the triathlon. During the pause in proceedings the triathletes tried to keep themselves warm and dry as they waited for the restart and the marathon 26.2miles ahead. Things were not so straight forward for the relay teams, the runners had not expected to be needed for another six hours and so had to rush to the National Water Sports Centre for the phased race start. Despite the change of circumstances and the atrocious conditions had smiles on their faces as they ran down the orange carpet, the individuals with members of family or the relays as a team. All performed fantastically and achieved their personal goals while supporting an important charity.
|Chris Willerton||27th (M 35-39)||4:49:31|
|Julian Herriott||38th (M 45-49)||5:03:02|
|Craig McCallum||139th (M 45-49)||6:14:15|
|Marcus Kenning||152nd (M 45-49)||6:29:30|
|Jamie Stanton||180th (M 45-49)||8:29:52|
|Team Oliver (Craig Oliver, Lynsey Ballans, Katie Ball)||6th||4:18:49|
|Team Sir Lancealot (Adam Sellers, Mark Burrows, Eddie Smith)||15th||4:45:53|
|Team Olivers Army (Ellen Smith, Kirsty Siggee, Kimberley Bolland)||37th||6:14:18|