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.
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!
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.
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.
Transfers to another athlete are not permitted. If you are unable to take part, please contact us at email@example.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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
Wetsuits are always compulsory for Outlaw events.
You can wear a sleeveless wetsuit, but you must wear one. No Wetsuit no race.
The lake isn’t generally available for swimming so there are no opportunities to swim in it before the event.
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.
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
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.
Athletes will be grouped together by Age Groups for the wave starts and prizes will be awarded from 18 – 24, 25-29, 30-34 and so on.
Waves will likely start at intervals from around 07:00 through to 08:20. Expect there to be approximately 250-300 competitors per wave. Note: your age group is decided based on your age on 31/12/2021.
There is a separate elite wave, which the fastest competitors can elect to go into based on their previous results.
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.
No, not for the Half. All of your triathlon equipment is stored at your racking point – race equipment only! Transition bags/boxes can be left in a secure baggage area within transition.
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.
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.
High5 is our on-course nutrition partner. On the bike feed stations 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 High5 Energy Drink Citrus, High5 Zero Citrus, flat cola and water available. There will also be High5 Energy Gels Aqua in Orange and Berry flavour and High5 Energy Gels Aqua with Caffeine in Berry flavour, Jaffa cakes, ready salted crisps and bananas.
Each wave at the Half isn’t particularly big and will spread out quickly so you will have a lot of space to swim. If you are quick (25mins or below) you should start at the front of your wave. If you expect to be nearer the cut off, like your own space or are nervous then start at the back. After the first few seconds everyone will have sprinted off and you can start in your own time.
Fast swimmers will sprint off to establish space for themselves in front of everyone else. Slower swimmers should start slowly over the first 200-400m and then aim to work back up the pack gradually.
There will be two bike feed stations, they will be at approx. 20 & 40 miles.
There are 8 feed station (TBC) on the run course and they are positioned so you are never more than 2 miles away from the previous one.
Be familiar with the BTF rules.
· 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!
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.
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
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.
Dogs are not permitted at Bowood House & Gardens, this includes the area designated for overnight camping.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01522 699950.