The Outlaw Triathlon takes place this weekend. The long distance event starts with the Speedo Nottingham Big Swim events at Holme Pierrepont National water sports Centre on Saturday before the Outlaw Triathlon kicks off at 6am on Sunday.
The event sold out last December, but a few last minute places are still available. Great Britain triathlete, Harry Wiltshire, has been one of those taking up the last minute opportunity.
He said: “I’ve got massive respect for the distance and the athletes that have trained for it. I want to jump in at the deep end and have a go. I’ve got an apprenticeship to serve and it’s going to hurt… let see how far I can get!”
Other high profile athletes at the Outlaw include European Long Distance Duathlon champion, Lucy Gossage and IMUK 70.3 champion, Eimear Mullan. Both are cycling in relay teams. 2011 winner, Catherine Faux is also swimming in a strong relay team that features time trial specialist, Kevin Dawson, who has previously recorded a 3hr22minute 100mile effort.
However, the Outlaw is really about the 1000 athletes taking on a massive personal challenge to complete a 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike ride and 26.2mile marathon run. Many are raising funds for Cancer Research UK and other charities, and many have never undertaken a long distance triathlon before.
Updates will be available live during the event on Sunday via the One Step Beyond website and spectators are encouraged to come along to support the athletes. Plenty of free parking is available on site.
The Outlaw starts at 6am and stretches through to 11pm. The winners are expected in around 3pm.
On the day entries are available for the Speedo Nottingham Big Swim, which features 1500m, 3000m and 5000m events. Great Britain junior international triathlete, Sophie Coldwell will take on the 1500m along with many other young (and older!) local swimmers. Registration for the swim events closes at 11am tomorrow.