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Outlaw Half Nottingham

Triathlon: Swim N/a, Bike 56mi, Run 13.1mi
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The Outlaw Half Nottingham is one of Britain’s most popular events, often selling out in a matter of minutes. The Middle Distance event covers a 1.2 mile open water swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run, which must be completed in less than nine hours.

The swim takes place in the regatta lake in wave starts. A single out and back course makes it easy to navigate and then with a quick escape via a very short transition, you are straight out on your bike. The roads around Nottinghamshire offer great surfaces for fast riding and only the odd short climb to challenge you. The bike course will be fast, but don't underestimate it - especially if it's a windy day!

On returning to the National Water Sports Centre, the flat multi-lap course around the lake and river path offers a feed station every mile or so and is lined with supporters willing you all the way to the finish line.

The start, the swim, much of the run and the finish are all conveniently located together, making excellent spectator and family viewing at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

There is on-site camping, family friendly activities as well as excellent city centre hotels just two to three miles down the road. There are thousands of car parking spaces available; making this is the perfect athlete and spectator experience.

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How to enter the Outlaw Half Nottingham

  1. 1 2 M Swim 56 Mile Bike 13 1 Mile Run

    Triathlon: Swim N/a, Bike 56mi, Run 13.1mi
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The swim takes place in the regatta lake in wave starts. A single out and back course makes it easy to navigate and then with a quick escape via a very short transition, you are straight out on your bike. The roads around Nottinghamshire offer great surfaces for fast riding and only the odd short climb to challenge you. The bike course will be fast, but don’t underestimate it – especially if it’s a windy day!

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What’s Included

When/how will I receive my race pack?

Once you have entered you will receive confirmation via email, nothing will be mailed to you – everything is collected at race registration when you arrive. All the information you need will be available on our website. We will keep in touch with you with news and information about the event. If you do not receive any emails from us, first check your junk mail/spam folder and make sure to list [email protected] as a safe sender.

Check that you entered your email address correctly by logging into the entry system. If you still don’t receive anything, please contact us to ensure that we have correct address. It’s important that you can receive the emails as this is how we will let you know about course info and much more.

Raceday Logistics

Are there separate Age Group waves & awards?

Athletes will be grouped together by age for the wave starts and prizes will be awarded from 18 – 24 onwards. There need to be at least 3 athletes in a category for prizes to be awarded. Waves will likely start from 6.15am through to 7.00am with 15 minutes between waves. Expect there to be approximately 250-300 competitors per wave. There is a separate elite wave, which the fastest competitors can elect to go into based on their previous results.

Note: your age group is based on your age on 31/12/2018

When do I have to register?

Registration will be open on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, finishing at 5pm. There are no other options and you must bring photo ID with you. Racking will be on Sunday morning only.

Where should I start on the swim?

Each wave at the Half isn’t actually that big and will spread out really quickly so you will have a lot of space to swim. If you are quick (25mins or below) you should start at the front of your wave. If you expect to be nearer the cut off, like your own space or are nervous then start at the back. After the first few seconds everyone will have sprinted off and you can start in your own time.



What can family do while I am racing?

OSB produce a spectator guide for the Outlaw Half; this will be published in the immediate lead up to the event. There is a great atmosphere at the venue, and spectators get to see you multiple times during the run as well as cheer the other competitors. They can also track you online to see exactly where you are. There will be a race expo, food outlets etc and the venue has various adventure activities.


Do people miss the cut off times, and if so what happens to them?

Yes, they do, but not many usually. One or two will miss the swim cut off and not be allowed to continue. This is because we have very strict limits on the road closures on the first section of the course and it would not be safe to let them cycle on fully open roads. Those that miss the cut off on the bike (you must have completed the first/Northern loop by 10.45) usually have had multiple punctures, suffer from exhaustion due to heat, or get too cold in bad weather.

It is worth getting new tyres a few weeks out and also getting your bike serviced. TFN do bike checks at the expo but please do not leave it until the day before if your bike hasn’t been serviced in months.

Runners that are clearly not going to finish by 4pm will be asked to stop, although we will do our best to help you finish in time. Anyone missing the cut off times will be asked to stop, and be transported back to the venue if necessary. You need to be ahead of the cut off at all times, you cannot rely on catching time up later in the course, if you are well behind you will be asked to return to the venue.

What is the cut off on the swim?

It is 1hr10, but you have an extra ten minutes to get out of transition onto the bike course.

Do you have a waiting list? / Do you release places when people drop out?

Once the race is full, OSB do not have a waiting list and entries will not reopen once they are sold out. The only way to get into the Outlaw Half once it is sold out is via Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) but be warned, CR-UK have a limited amount of spaces so be quick. Contact CR-UK on 0300 123 1022

I am unable to take part; can I transfer or sell my place to a friend?

Unfortunately not. It’s not within our event policy to make this possible – our event terms and conditions set out our refund policy. It may be possible to transfer to our Outlaw Half Holkham (North Norfolk) event for a fee of £50. Contact the office to arrange this.

Can I change my relay team members?

Yes, you can, either via the online entry system or by contacting our office on 01522 699950.


Outlaw Half Nottingham weather forecast

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OSB Events is a multi award-winning sporting events company. Since organising our first event in 1991, we have hosted hundreds of events for thousands of competitors in mass participation endurance sports. Iain Hamilton founded OSB Events as a college project and has built a business employing a dedicated work force. He won a lifetime achievement award in 2015 for his work developing the sport in the UK. As organisers of the award winning Outlaw Triathlon, Triathlon Relays and the now infamous Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon, we take a huge amount of pride in our events, with customer satisfaction at the forefront of everything we do. We have been, or still are athletes ourselves and aim to look at everything from the participant’s perspective in order to deliver a safe, enjoyable and memorable race experience - races that we'd like to take part in ourselves. As a full time, experienced event management company, we apply the exact same event formula and staff team at all of our events, from the biggest to the smallest, so you can enter with confidence that you'll have an enjoyable and safe race experience. Our regular event crew is an invaluable part of our team; some of them have been with us from the very start! We like to think this is because we’re one big family, and we welcome crew members and competitors alike with open arms. If you have any worries or questions during your event, please just ask us!

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Outlaw Half Nottingham reviews

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    Angela S

    Did the event in 2019

    You cannot fault the organising team at the Outlaw Half Nottingham - from the race briefing to the finish line, all the volunteers are there to make your day one to remember. Swim is in the rowing lake so out and back, manageable bike course with only 1 major hill, flat run course on the tow path. Perfect race for first timers and seasoned athletes alike. Better get on the priority list for the entries as the event sells out as soon as entries open!
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