Pete Dyson and Abi Bedwell were winners at Outlaw Half Nottingham – the Series opener for 2023. Beautiful sunshine greeted one of the largest ever fields at the event, hosted as ever at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

Malachi Cashmore was first out of the water after the 1.2 mile swim, followed by Loughborough University’s Matthew Collins. Cashmore suffered bad luck when he got a puncture within 100m of leaving transition and left Collins to disappear ahead of everyone on the 56 mile bike course.

Collins was first back in transition and quick in the early part of the 13.1 mile run, but the experienced Dyson, a professional triathlete of five years, gradually pegged him back and took the lead at the start of the third and final lap, followed by Jamie Bedwell.

Dyson crossed the line first, commenting afterwards that it was the biggest win of his career so far. Bedwell was second and Collins third. After the early misfortune, Cashmore finished ninth.

Abi Bedwell as the fastest swimmer in the women’s race, followed by Chloe Sparrow, a local former club swimmer who is coached by two-time Outlaw winner, Craig Twigg. Sparrow was motoring on the bike until her chain got jammed, forcing her to stop for six minutes on the roadside.

Bedwell looked very strong leading the run and Sparrow had maintained her position near the front of the race, despite the mechanical issue. However, Rhianne Hughes was running everyone down, much as she did in finishing second at Outlaw X in September.

Bedwell held on for the win, going one better than husband, Jamie. Hughes was second and Sparrow third.

Top 3 Men
1. Peter Dyson, 3:57:41
2. Jamie Bedwell, 3:58:24
3. Matthew Collins, 4:01:32

Top 3 Women
1. Abi Bedwell, 4:30:07
2. Rhianne Hughes, 4:32:16
3. Chloe Sparrow, 4:33:39