The swim takes place in the Regatta Lake at the National Water Sports Centre in waved starting groups. A single out and back course makes it easy to navigate.
The partially closed road, single-loop bike course is flat, with only one notable climb at mile 20 to test the legs and get you out of the saddle. The route takes you through beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside before returning to the National Water Sports Centre.
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 Nottingham once it is sold out is via our official charities – Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) or Alzheimer’s Research UK. Their pages can be accessed here: www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/find-an-event/outlaw-half-nottingham & www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/events/outlaw-half-nottingham-2021/
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 up to 5 weeks before the event. You can do this by calling the office on 01522 699950.
It is also possible to change your entry to a relay up to 5 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.
Yes, you can. Up to 5 weeks before the event, this should be done via your Active account at https://myevents.active.com/.
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.
Due to Covid safety measures we will be posting your race pack to you this year. Please make sure that we have your correct address as there will be a charge for replacement race packs where the original sent to an incorrect address. Changes can be notified to email@example.com. If you change your address at Active.com please change it in your profile and also in the event in My Events, as it often doesn’t change the event address.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org as a safe sender. Check that you entered your email address correctly by logging into the entry system. If you still don’t receive anything, please contact us to ensure that we have correct address. It’s important that you can receive the emails as this is how we will let you know about course info and much more.
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 Regatta lake isn’t generally available for swimming as it’s a National Centre for Rowing and Canoeing. There are other lakes on site, please contact NWSC directly or visit their website for more information: https://www.nwscnotts.com.
Camping is managed by the National Watersports Centre. Please visit their website for more information – https://www.nwscnotts.com.
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 your start time.
Swim Cut off
1hr 10mins – with a further 10mins allowed to reach bike mount
Bike Cut off
Point 1 (33 miles) – 2hr 25mins (3hr 45mins running clock) – you must be back at the Newton Island, having completed the Northern loop by 11:00
Point 2 (56 miles) – 4hr (5hr 20mins running clock) – you must be back into transition by 12:40
Run Cut off
Point 1 (7.7 miles) – 2hr 30mins (7hr 50mins running clock) – you must be off the tow path section and onto the perimeter road by 15:10
Point 2 (13.1 miles) – 9hr – you need to be ahead of the cut off at all times, you cannot rely on catching time up later in the course, if you are behind you will be asked to return to the venue.
Yes, they do, but not too many. Occasionally, one or two 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 (you must have completed the first/Northern loop by 11:00am) usually have had mechanical issues or suffer from heat or cold conditions. 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 start individually in a TT format with athletes grouped together based on your predicted swim time. Prizes will be awarded from 18-24, 25-29, 30-34 and so on. Note your age group is decided based on your age on 31/12/2021.
The first athletes will start the event at 0600, with athletes being called down to the Swim Start Pens in blocks of 100 athletes at a time starting with 1-100, 101-200 and so on. Any Elite athletes will be allocated race numbers between 1-100 and will start at the head of the field.
There will be no onsite registration this year as race packs are being posted. There will be an enquiries tent on Saturday for any lost/undelivered race packs, but please call the office on 01522 699950 before the Tuesday of race week if your pack does not arrive.
In a change from previous years, due to Covid measures, ALL BIKES MUST BE RACKED ON SATURDAY. There can be no exceptions to this rule.
Please remember to bring your photo ID as you cannot be allowed into transition to rack unless we can verify your identity.
No, not for the half. All of your equipment can be stored by your bike. In a temporary change to the rules under Covid measures you can store your equipment by your bike, but no suitcases! If you can leave your ‘after’ bag with your supporters please do.
Not reading the race information! Even if you have done this race before, there are major changes to how it is being run this year. Please read your race information fully when you get it so you know how everything will work.
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 with the relocation of transition for 2021 it will take longer to get to the swim start from the transition area. Please allow additional time for this and potential Social Distanced queuing when checking into transition on Sunday morning.
Everyone should develop their own strategy during training, but most competitors have their breakfast around two to three hours before the start, and then drink lots of water to make sure they are hydrated. Take a gel or two 15-30mins before the start.
High 5 is our on-course nutrition partner. At the Bike Feed Station there will be pre-filled 750ml bottles of High5 Energy Source or Water available. There will also be High5 Energy Gels.
Along the run course there will be one feed station passed 4 times and additional water stations passed 5 times. Distances are in the feed station section below. The main feed station will have High5 Energy Drink Citrus, High5 Zero Citrus, flat cola, water, High5 IsoGels in Orange and Berry flavour and High5 IsoGels with caffeine in Berry flavour and bananas. The Drink stations in between will have water, High5 energy source and IsoGels.
This year the starts will be individual, with places being allocated based on swim time. Please make sure you have given us the correct swim time and try to arrive to swim start in the correct order. We will not be making people start in exact order but each 100 athletes called will enter in the order they arrive, so if you want to be next to your friend that is 10 race numbers away from you that is fine.
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.
This year there will be one Bike Feed Station at 33.4 miles. It will be self-service and details of how it is to be accessed will be in the race information. Please be sure to read this thoroughly.
Athletes will be issued with 2 High5 bottles when they check their bike into transition so they can carry enough drink to keep them going until the feed station.
On the run there will be one full feed station which is passed at 1.1, 4.1, 7.9 and 10.9 miles. In between those there will be Drinks Stations at 2.4, 5.6, 6.5, 9.2 and 12.2 miles. As well as water there will be Gels and High5 energy source drink. Again, please read the full race information about how you access the area.
Please be prepared to sanitise often!
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 offences, 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.
Littering will also incur a penalty.
This year spectators will be restricted to immediate family bubbles only. Athletes will be issued with a car pass on Saturday when they rack their bike and no car will be allowed on site without one. They should arrive with you in the car on Sunday morning, but will be able to come and go throughout the day.
There is a great atmosphere at the venue, and spectators get to see you multiple times during the run as well as cheer the other competitors. 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 suitable for children and adults – have a look at https://www.nwscnotts.com
Yes, there is. The password is regularly changed so you will need to ask at the main registration desk. Mobile signals are generally good on site.
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. Please note that this is not precise tracking but an average pace based on your time recorded at fixed points on the course.
Yes, dogs are welcome, but they must stay on a lead.