Race Briefing

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The 1.2 mile swim consists of a single loop of Bowood Lake, in waved starting groups. With a deep water start and just a few turns to navigate, it provides you with a fantastic opportunity to clock a good time and get your Outlaw Half Bowood race off to a strong start. There will also be plenty of room for spectators to cheer you on and admire the picturesque views that surround the lake.



The one lap bike course has been described by the Race Director as ‘honest’ – so read into that as you will! With a good mixture of long flat sections and a scattering of punchy climbs, it will take you on a beautiful yet undulating journey through the Wiltshire countryside. Taking you through the heart of the historic site of Avebury, the route also boasts great views of the Wiltshire White Horses.


13.1 MILES

The three-lap, traffic-free run course will take you on a spectacular journey through the Bowood Estate, passing Bowood House on each lap. With a mixture of tarmac and woodland paths, it’s a varied course that we think you’re going to love. As you tick off the miles you’ll be able to marvel at the beauty of your surroundings and wildlife on display, not to mention the crowd support throughout!


Entry Information

Do you have a waiting list?

Once the race is full, we 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 Bowood once it is sold out is via Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) or via our National Charity Partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK.

I entered using our payment plan - how do I pay my next instalment?

Once you have paid your initial deposit, your instalments will be taken automatically, using the card details you gave when you originally entered. If your card expires or becomes invalid and the payment cannot be taken you will be sent an email by Active to let you know. You will then need to log in to your Active account at https://myevents.active.com/ and if you click on Billing Management you will be able to add your new card details and make the payment.

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

Transfers to another athlete are not permitted. If you are unable to take part, please contact us at info@osbevents.com to officially withdraw. We will then organise a partial refund for you dependant on the date you inform us of your withdrawal. Refund amounts vary dependent on when you withdraw. Please check our terms and conditions for more information.
If you have entered using the payment plan your initial payment is not refundable. If you have completed your payments, we can issue a partial refund based on the terms and conditions.
It is possible to transfer your entry to a different Outlaw 2021 event (provided they haven’t sold out), for a fee of £25, plus any additional entry fees payable. This must be done at least 4 weeks before the date of the event you originally entered. You can do this by calling the office on 01522 699950.
It is also possible to change your entry to a relay until four weeks before the event. There will be a £30 increase in Entry fee, plus £10 processing fee to pay. You can do this within your Active account, or by calling the office on 01522 699950.

Can I change my individual entry into a relay entry?

It is possible to change your entry to a relay up to 4 weeks before the event. This should be done by calling 01522 699950. There will be a £30 increase in entry fee plus a £10 Admin fee to pay.

Can I change my relay team members?

Yes, you can. Up to four weeks before the event, this should be done via your Active account at https://myevents.active.com/. Changes after this date can be made by contacting our office on 01522 699950 up until two weeks before; after this date no further changes can be made.

How do I enter the elite wave?

You need to have evidence of being capable of sub 5 hours if you’re a woman or sub 4:30 if you’re male. If the event isn’t sold out, you can enter via the event entry system and select ‘elite wave’ during the process. We will review the names in this entry list to ensure that athletes meet the minimum criteria. If the event is sold out, please contact us via info@osbevents.com and we will do our best to accommodate you if there is space.
Please note, athletes entered in the Elite wave are not eligible for Age Group prizes.


Pre-Event Information

How do I find the venue?

The Main Entrance to Bowood House & Gardens can be found at this what3words address: ///wacky.admire.spurted
From here please follow event signage and Parking Stewards directions to the Event Car Park and Campsite Check In.
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When/how will I receive my race pack?

Our intention is that it will be posted to you. If you have not received it by Wednesday 8 September, please let us know by calling the office and letting us know your race number. The phone number is 01522 699950.
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 info@osbevents.com as a safe sender. Check that you entered your email address correctly by logging into your Active account. If you still don’t receive anything, please contact us on 01522 699950. It’s important that you can receive the emails as this is how we will let you know about course info and much more. Please note that if you have unsubscribed from our emails then you will need to visit our website regularly for event updates.

What temperature will the Lake be?

This is entirely dependent on the weather in the preceding weeks. We will not know definitively until the temperature is measured on the morning of the event.

Can I swim without a wetsuit?

Wetsuits are always compulsory for Outlaw events.
You can wear a sleeveless wetsuit, but you must wear one. No Wetsuit no race.

Can I swim in the lake prior to the race?

The lake isn’t generally available for swimming so there are no opportunities to swim in it before the event.

How do I book camping?

Camping will be built by us specifically for the event and will be on sale shortly. Please follow the link on the Event information page when it goes live.


Event Day Information

Are there cut-off times for each section?

Yes, to ensure the smooth & safe organisation of the event, we have some specific cut-off times. All of the cut-off times are based on the start time of the last wave.
Swim Cut-Off – 1 Hour 10 Mins
Bike Start Cut-Off – 1 Hour 20 Mins
Bike Finish Cut-Off – 5 Hours 20 Mins
Run Start Cut-Off – 5 Hours 30 Mins
Run Finish – 9 Hours

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

Yes, they do, but not too many. Occasionally competitors 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 usually have had mechanical issues, or get too cold in bad weather. It is worth getting new tyres a few weeks out and getting your bike serviced.
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.

Are there separate Age Group waves & awards?

For 2021, starts will take place in time trial format based on your submitted swim time. Starts will take place from 07:00 through to approx 08:20.
Age Group prizes will be awarded from 18-24, 25-29, 30-34 and so on. Results will be based on chip times. Note: your age group is decided based on your age on 31/12/2021.

When do I have to register / rack my bike?

Registration will be open on Saturday, exact times TBC in the final race information. There are no other options and you must bring photo ID with you. Racking will be on Saturday only.

Are there changing and transition tents?

No, not for the Half. All of your triathlon equipment is stored at your racking point – race equipment only! Transition bags can be used and stored by your bike as long as they are no bigger than you would take onto an aircraft as hand luggage.

What are the common mistakes made by competitors?

Not knowing where their stuff is in transition. Make sure to visualise your run out of the water and how to locate your bike, same again for T2.
Not arriving early enough. Remember there is a lot to do before a race and we check in every bike to make sure it has the race stickers in the right places, this takes time so please allow for this and the inevitable toilet queue.

When should I eat on the morning of the race?

Everyone should develop their own strategy during training, but most competitors have their breakfast two to three hours before the race, and then drink lots of water to make sure they are hydrated. Take a gel or two 15-30mins before the start.

What nutrition do you have on the course?

High5 is our on-course nutrition partner. On the bike feed station there are 750ml bottles of water or High5 Energy Drink Citrus. There will also be High5 Energy Gels in Orange and Berry flavour and High5 Energy Gels Plus in Raspberry flavour available on the bike course as well as bananas.
Along the run course there will be feed stations at approx. every 1.5 miles. Each feed station will have Cups of Water, Cups of High5 Energy Drink, Cups of Cola, High5 Iso Gels: Mixture of flavours, High5 Iso Plus Gels: Mixture of Flavours, High5 Zero and Bananas. There will also be toilets at the feed stations.

How should I pace the swim?

As the start is in time trial format, you should be able to swim your own race. If you misjudged your swim time prediction and are lucky enough to be overtaking people, please give them space. If you are slower than expected, this isn’t a problem, just keep swimming!

How many feed stations are there & where are there?

There will be a feed station at Avebury, which is at mile 32. We recommend that you start with two full bottles of fluid and carry any specific food items that you wish to eat on the ride.
There are 10 feed station on the run course positioned approx every 1.5 miles.

How do competitors get a DQ in the race?

Be familiar with the BTF rules.
In particular:
· Do not cross the centre line of the road (ride on the correct side at all times), especially when cornering.
· Do not urinate in public, there are plenty of toilets at all feed stations on the course and in transition.
· Dangerous Riding, please ensure that you adhere to the Highway Code
· Multiple drafting offenses, keep your distance from other riders.
· Do not drop litter!

What gets you a penalty?

Penalties are usually for drafting. Be familiar with the BTF rules. Once you pass someone it is their responsibility to drop back. There are motorbike referees on the course. Repeat drafters will get a DQ.



What can family do while I am racing?

Spectators will get to see you multiple times during the run as well as cheer the other competitors. Please note: access into the House and Adventure Playground of Bowood House & Gardens is subject to the standard admission fee.
They can also track you online to see exactly where you are. We will have a race expo, food outlets etc and the venue has various adventure activities – have a look at https://www.bowood.org

Is there any live tracking?

Yes, we will have an athlete tracker. The link to the tracker will be available from our website in the immediate lead up to the race. We also have various live social media updates.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not permitted at Bowood House & Gardens, this includes the area designated for overnight camping.



I have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQs, how can I contact you?

Email us at info@osbevents.com or call on 01522 699950.