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Mark Threlfall smashes Outlaw Half Record

Four athletes broke the previous course record - but it was Mark Threlfall who lead from the front to earn £1500 at the Outlaw Half 2017

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£1500 bonus for dominant display in Nottingham on Sunday

A brilliant day of racing at the National Water Sports Centre saw Mark Threlfall produce an impressive display to win the Outlaw Half – and reduce the previous course record by 15 minutes.

It was a fast day of high quality racing at Sunday’s Outlaw Half Triathlon. Matt Leeman broke the existing course record of 4:11:12 set last year by Karl Alexander… and yet still finished ‘only’ fourth.

We had looked set for a great battle between Mark Threlfall and Phil Graves, until news reached us over the radio that Phil had punctured around the 30km mark – having just taken the lead from Mark – and was out of the race. Threlfall put that out of his mind however and produced a flawless race. The leader out of the swim (he exited in tandem with Carl Shaw, who was racing in a Relay team), his 2:12:56 bike split was beaten by only his bike coach, Matt Bottrill (2:10:38), to which he would add a very strong and consistent 1:17:44 run. The net result of all of that was a very quick 3:56:00 finish. Is that the fastest 70.3-distance finish in the UK? Perhaps, I’m not sure!

Mark Threlfall

Richard Ebbage took second place, while twice Outlaw full winner, Craig Twigg, took third place overall having started in a later wave. All three – as with the women – ended up going home smelling of beer, after their podium ‘ERDINGER shower’.

After the race Matt said, “that’s probably the best I’ve run for a long time… today went really smoothly so I had a lot of energy on the run for once”. In addition to the race win, Mark also earned a £1500 course record-breaking bonus. He has also made breaking this again in the future a lot harder.

Outlaw Half, Nottingham – Sunday 21st May 2017
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km – MEN

1st – Mark Threlfall (Team Bottrill / HSS Hire) – 3:56:00
2nd – Richard Ebbage (Royal Marines / Triology) – 4:05:25
3rd – Craig Twigg (Speedhub Race Team) – 4:06:34
4th – Matthew Leeman (ETE TriSutto) – 4:10:34
5th – Andy Sloan (Bustinskin Triathlon Club) – 4:13:06

Mark Threlfall Outlaw Half 2017

(You can find the women’s race report HERE)

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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