Let’s Race…Outlaw Nottingham – Let’s Race…

Let’s Race…Outlaw Nottingham – Let’s Race…

The Outlaw brand has grown into a mainstay of the British triathlon scene over the past decade, with four permanent half and full distance races. But despite the popularity of the North Norfolk and North Nottinghamshire events running under the same name, for many THE Outlaw is the original and best.

It’s a testament to the commitment that Outlaw inspires that there are a select few athletes who have completed every single edition of every single Outlaw race at every distance since its inception!

Much like the races they produce, the OSB team have also become well known on the circuit and this only helps the races improve year on year as they are there at every event, speaking to the athletes and it take everything inside.

But what about the race? Why this race over other endurance events? What is the secret ingredient that keeps triathletes coming back for more, and helping novices conquer their first half and full distance races, eager to hear those now famous words… YOU ARE AN OUTLAW!

Location – Midland Convenience

Set around the 2km world class rowing facility at the Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Center in Nottingham, The Outlaw consistently tops the list of racing experiences for its varied course, fantastic support, easy access and first class event management .

The venue in the East Midlands also contributes significantly to the endearing success. Easily accessible from most parts of the country, with several major motorways and an airport within 20 minutes of the lake and transition area, it is one of the best connected and accessible races in the UK.

Gary Goacher
Killed every outlaw since 2010


The finish is epic, as it should be. Completing a full-distance tri is a major accomplishment, whether it’s your first and only or your 25th. If you want a first class event without paying a premium price then this is the event for you.

Just ten minutes from the city center there are numerous accommodation options and amenities in close proximity. From functional hotels like the Travelodge and Premier Inn nearby, to offerings like the Hilton Double Tree and Lace Market Hotel for athletes looking for a more refined experience.

For a large proportion of athletes, particularly those in teams and groups, the best value for money is the on-site campsite, literally meters from the action. It’s a great way to work off those morning travel nerves from the race, and the post-race party continues into the wee hours as athletes make the weary journey home with their medals and smiles (or grimaces!). Book early, however, as it invariably sells out every year.

Course – Flat & Fast

Swimming – 2.4M

A very easy course in the main regatta lake makes for effortless navigation. Love or hate, athletes start in a relatively rare mass start – fast athletes start on the left, slower ones in the middle, slowest on the right or back.

The orientation of the lake can also mean stunning sunrises before the race, which is great if you’ve packed nice dark lens goggles, a nightmare if they’re clear. You have been warned! The lake is relatively shallow and warms up quickly, but a wetsuit is almost always mandatory.

Outlaw Triathlon Nottingham - Swim Start


With T1 next to the lakeside road, it’s a super quick turn, no long descents or uneven surfaces. A quick loop around the lake gives you the chance to adjust your shoes or helmet, grab a bite to eat and get set for the course. With some sections of road closed to protect athletes as they venture away from the city, it quickly becomes a fast and hilly tour of the Nottinghamshire countryside, with fantastic support at key points along the way.

With only 1 notable climb, it’s a day for your fast gear. Expect plenty of skinsuits, carbon fiber, pointy helmets and disc bikes among the fastest athletes. The now infamous return to the National Watersports venue will test the riding skills of even the most seasoned cyclist! A hard right and into the transition across the event village means a chance to wave at your support team while you prepare to make the run.

Outlaw Triathlon Nottingham Bike


Having gone through several evolutions over the years, it is usually slightly adjusted after each edition. Several exasperating laps around the never-ending rowing lake in the early days gave way to a back-and-forth section along the Trent River Path towards the City Ground that broke the monotony of the tarmac.

More recently it has taken athletes through some of the less daring areas of the Holme Pierrepont Nature Reserve, along the whitewater rafting route and up some deceptively strenuous small climbs. Be sure to add some grass running to your workout as you will invariably need it.

Outlaw Triathlon Nottingham Run

It would be remiss to talk about The Outlaw without mentioning the aid stations. As well as providing essentials and being well stocked and frequent, the OSB crew recruits clubs, teams and sports groups each year to ‘take over’ each aid station. Expect singing, dancing, costumes and generally epic encouragement. Be warned they get LOUD (look pirates!)

Clare Weller
Champion 2022


Don’t overdo the early fast sections, especially if it’s a windy day. There’s a temptation to stay aerodynamic for the entire 112 miles, but doing so can leave you feeling trapped in the lower back.

My goal is to maintain a high cadence and constant effort level, getting out of the saddle every 30 minutes (just for a few pedals). This meant my overall time at the finish was quicker so it brings wins later.

Spectators – fun for everyone

The venue is really well set up for large events, making it a great place for your supporters to spend the day. In addition to the facilities in the watersports center itself, cafe, toilets, viewing area etc., the tiered seating area at the finish line offers a literal grandstand view of the orange carpet and finish line. Next to the bike in and transition area is the Event Village with a range of triathlon brands showcasing the latest gear and a great place to snag a bargain or last minute essential, think tubing, racing belt or diet.

Because most of the bike course is on open roads, organizers discourage spectators from riding the course, except for an early exit to a designated spectator point where you can see your athlete up to three times. There are a few well-known spectator spots that are great fun, but you may only see your athlete once, which can cause unnecessary hassle. Expect plenty of supporters around Southwell as you head out on the day.

If you can keep the kids entertained during the race, they make great finish line supporters

If you’re looking to keep the family active, the weekend of events includes a kids’ run (4-15 years) and open water swim events (13+) on Saturday, while on Sunday kids can take part in the main event by accompanying the racers down the Finish line that makes for a wonderful family photo.

Go to town

For a truly fun family experience, Penny Lane offers great food in a kitschy, vintage-style restaurant alongside a collection of retro video games. The Olde Trip to Jerusalem, carved into the rock below the castle, is said to be the oldest inn in the country and is steeped in history, well worth a visit.

Towering high over the city, the revamped Nottingham Castle is a great place to visit before or after the race, with brand new exhibits and a Robin Hood adventure park. Check out the City of Caves attraction and learn about the vast network of carved sandstone caves beneath the city, which have been used in various ways as homes, basements, pubs and even bomb shelters for hundreds of years.

Why Race Outlaw Nottingham?

A great atmosphere with knowledgeable, supportive volunteers and enthusiastic onlookers

Value for money given the event standard and production

A fast, flat bike and barrel make it PB friendly

RACE-cation – anyone Robin Hood?

As well as everything the city of Nottingham has to offer, Alton Towers theme park is about 45 minutes away, White Post Farm is fantastic for younger family members and drive north of the city to visit the real Sherwood Forest.

See Major Oak, where legend has it that Robin Hood himself would meet his Merry Men, Rufford Abbey Country Park and East Midlands Center Parcs, perfect for post-race relaxation. Next door is the Sherwood Pines Adventure Center with themed play parks, Go Ape high ropes course, Segway rentals and a massive mountain bike center.

There is also a nice ParkRun at this venue if your fans want to stretch their legs before the big day.

Outlaw Triathlon


If you’re stepping up this year and looking for a friendly event with excellent organization and support, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better option in the UK.

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