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Outlaw Half Nottingham reveals impressive Elite start list

The 2018 Outlaw Half Nottingham could well be the best yet, with Lucy Charles, Will Clarke and Phil Graves all scheduled to race at the National Water Sports Centre on 20th May

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Lucy Charles, Will Clarke and Phil Graves all feature

Organised by OSB Events, the Outlaw Half Nottingham has become one of the major domestic middle distance events of the domestic season.

Sold out many months ago, the Holme Pierrepont based event has some very interesting athletes on the start list for the 20th May edition. Here are just a selection of the names likely to be challenging for the podium spots.

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WOMEN

Lucy Charles – The best swimmer in the sport, Lucy needs little introduction. Second at the IRONMAN World Championship in 2017, Lucy also won IRONMAN Lanzarote, Challenge Lisboa, The Championship in Samorin and Challenge Prague amongst many other podium results in what was a superb season. Starting in the same Elite wave as the men at 6:10am, you can be sure that Lucy will have full intentions of being the first athlete back to dry land.

KAILUA KONA, HI - OCTOBER 14: Lucy Charles of Great Britain celebrates after finishing second during the IRONMAN World Championship on October 14, 2017 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN

As you would expect of an IRONMAN World Championship podium finisher, Lucy will likely be in a class of her own on race day, but there are still some quality athletes who will have podium hopes in the women’s race:

Grace France – Grace is one of British Triathlon’s Elite Paratriathlon Guides for the visually impaired category. If you want any evidence that Guide athletes are quick, check out what Nicole Walters did this past weekend.

Anna Weaver – finished second last year to the remarkable win from Gill Fullen.

Claire Weller – fourth at Outlaw Half Holkham 2017, with the fastest bike split. Expect her to fly through the field once she reaches dry land.

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MEN

Will Clarke – Fresh off of a fantastic third place this past weekend at IRONMAN Texas, the Loughborough-based athlete won’t have too far to travel for this one! Will surely start as race favourite.

Will Clarke

Phil Graves – Second at IRONMAN Wales in 2016 and 2017, Phil raced last year, had just moved into the lead at around 30km into the bike when he punctured. It would be interesting to see if his cycling prowess can give him a lead for the swift feet of Clarke to chase.

TENBY, WALES - SEPTEMBER 10: Philip Graves of Great Britain celebrates finishing second in IRONMAN Wales on September 10, 2017 in Tenby, Wales. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images for IRONMAN

Reece Barclay – first year Pro Reece won the Outlaw Half Holkham in 2016 and last year was the first Age-Group athlete at The Championship in Samorin.

Reece Barclay win the 2016 Outlaw Half Holkham
Reece Barclay win the 2016 Outlaw Half Holkham

Richard Horton – World Junior and World Under-23 Duathlon Champion, Richard was the British Elite Duathlon Champion in 2016. He has a 29:27 10km and 1:05:37 Half Marathon PB on his C.V.

Richard Horton at the English National Cross Country Championships 2017
Richard Horton at the English National Cross Country Championships 2017

Karl Alexander – winner in 2015 and 2016, he was a spectator in 2017 after a bike crash meant that he was unable to start the race.

Karl Alexander
Karl Alexander

Simon George – Simon is leading our weekly Zwift ride tonight! (DETAILS). A regular at the Outlaw Half events, Simon lead almost the entire race two years ago before that epic finish which saw Karl take the lead with the finish line in sight.

Simon George

Lewis Eccleston – Fast improving and twice an AG winner at IRONMAN UK.

Lewis Eccleston
Lewis Eccleston

Add in the likes of Sam Pictor, Tom Vickery and David Sharman, and you can be sure that the top-10 will have a quality look about it.

Outlaw Half Course Records

Men – Mark Threlfall (2017) – 3:56:00

Mark Threlfall - Outlaw Triathlon 2017
Mark Threlfall – Outlaw Triathlon 2017

Women – Cat Faux (2014) – 4:18:56

Cat Faux Outlaw Half 2014
Cat Faux Outlaw Half 2014

Course record bonus

Given the quality of the field, ‘Robin Hood’ may well have to get his cheque book out again, should either of those existing course records be broken.

The organisers offer a £1,500 prize pot, all of which will go to one athlete (as with Mark Threlfall last year), should only one of the records be broken, or will be split – £750 each – if both the men’s and women’s marks are improved upon.

Mark Threlfall Outlaw Half 2017
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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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