Harry Wiltshire won the long distance Outlaw Triathlon at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, in a time of 9 hours 06:16 for the 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike ride and 26.2mile marathon run. Despite having never completed the distance before, and only deciding to enter a few days ago, he led from start to finish.
Wiltshire was pushed all the way by Chris Goodfellow from Oxfordshire. Goodfellow was gaining on Wiltshire at the start of the run, but Wiltshire managed to consolidate his lead and maintained it to the finish.
Emma Rand from York won the women’s event whilst Gi Tri Bridgetown won the relay for a second year in a row.
Wiltshire, who is from Somerset, but currently based in Leeds, narrowly missed out on selection for the British Triathlon Team for the London 2012 Olympics. He set a course record on the swim and demonstrated his class as he continued to extend his lead on the bike. Wiltshire came into the race without event without any specific training.
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 commented: “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.”
Emma Rand, aged 41, from York was the first woman to finish. She said: “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.”
Gi Tri Bridgetown won the relay event. The winning team recorded a time of 8:50.15 with ‘The Sheriffs’ from Absolute Tri Club in Nottingham coming in close behind in a time of 8:52.52.
Tony Vout who completed the run for GI Tri Bridgetown, said: “I enjoyed the race but I enjoyed the carpet at the end the most! A big thanks to the swim and the bikers, it was down to them, not me. It’s the hardest marathon I’ve done, especially with the wind.”
A team of three local women finished third as they raced for Cancer Research UK. Cyclist, Lucy Gossage, passed her family home along the route. Gossage is a Cancer Research doctor at Cambridge University. The team also comprised swimmer Helen Gorman from Long Eaton and Chrissie Howard, a police officer in Derbyshire.
Despite the occasional rain shower, the event attracted thousands of spectators and the atmosphere was fantastic, with plenty of support for all the athletes from start to finish.
For more information or results from on the weekend, please visit the One Step Beyond website: http://www.onestepbeyond.org.uk/the-outlaw-triathlon.php.