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The swim takes place in the Regatta Lake at the National Water Sports Centre in structured wave starts. A single out and back course makes it easy to navigate and the quick escape via a very short transition means you’ll be out on your bike before you know it.



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 the saddle! The route takes you through beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside before returning to the National Water Sports Centre.


13.1 MILES

After climbing off the bike, you will embark on a flat, multi-lap run course that will take you around the Regatta Lake and along the River Trent towpath. There will be multiple feed stations and hundreds of supporters willing you all the way to the finish!


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 once it is sold out is via Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) but be warned, CR-UK have a limited amount of spaces so be quick. Call CR-UK on 0300 123 1022, email or check their website.

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

Log into your account ( and select ‘Purchase Add Ons’. Here you will be able to pay your next instalment(s).

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

No transfers to another person are permitted, but if you are unable to take part, please contact us via the Contact Us page on the website to officially withdraw. We will then organise a refund for you, the amount of the refund depends on the date you inform us about your withdrawal.


It is possible to transfer your entry to the Outlaw Half Holkham (North Norfolk) event or our brand-new event, Outlaw X, also a half distance (North Nottinghamshire) for a fee of £25.  You can do this by logging into your Active account ( or contact the office on 01522 699950 if you wish to discuss this. The deadline for this is 22/04/2019.

Can I change my relay team members?

Yes, you can, up until four weeks before the event, this should be done via your Active account (, final changes can be made by contacting our office on 01522 699950 up until 5 May 2019, after this date no further changes can be made.

Pre Event Information

When/how will I receive my race pack?

Once you have entered you will receive confirmation via email, nothing will be mailed to you – everything is collected at race registration when you arrive.


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 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 is the water temperature?

Outlaw Half Nottingham is relatively early in the season, so the lake will be cooler than it is for the full Outlaw. However, the lake isn’t particularly deep and will warm up fairly quickly once we get into May. Expect it to be around 16 degrees.

Can I swim in the lake prior to the race?

The lake isn’t generally available for swimming as it’s a national centre for rowing and canoeing. There are other lakes in the area which are available, including the nearby West Lake at Colwick Park and the Wakeboarding lake on site at the National Watersports Centre. Please check these online for available swim times. The lake is not available on Saturday 18 May due to the Nottingham Sprint Triathlon taking place.

How do I book camping?

Camping is managed by the National Watersports Centre. Please visit their website for more information –

Event Day Infomation

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 your wave.

Swim – 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 10:45

Point 2 (56 miles)4hr (5hr 20mins running clock) – you must be back into transition by 12:20

Run Cut off

Point 1 (7 miles) 2hr 20mins (7hr 40mins running clock) – you must be at the scoreboard heading onto the towpath for the second time by 14:40

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.

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

Yes, they do, but not too many usually 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 10.45am) usually have had multiple punctures, suffer from exhaustion, or get cold in bad weather. It is worth getting new tyres a few weeks out and getting your bike serviced. Speed Hub do bike checks at the expo but please do not leave it until the day before if your bike hasn’t been serviced in months.

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?

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 06:10 through to 07:00. Expect there to be approximately 250-300 competitors per wave. Note: your age group is decided based on your age on 31/12/2019.

There is a separate elite wave, which the fastest competitors can elect to go into based on their previous results. To be considered you need to be capable of breaking 4hrs 30mins (male) or 5hrs (female). If you decide to go into the elite wave, you will no longer be eligible for an age group prize.

When do I have to register / rack my bike?

Registration will be open on Friday afternoon and all-day 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 Sunday morning 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/boxes can be left in a secure area and there are also lockers within the National Watersports Centre.

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 around 04:00 and then drink lots of water to make sure they are hydrated. Take a gel or two 15-30mins before the start.

How often should I take gels?

This is a brilliant guide from High5: READ IT HERE

What nutrition do you have on the course?

High5 is our on-course nutrition partner. On the 2 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 10 feed stations. 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.

Where should I start on the swim?

Each wave at the Half isn’t actually that big and will spread out really 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.

How should I pace the swim?

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.

How many feed stations are there & where are they?

Bike Feed Station 1 – 21.0 miles – Northern Loop                              Bike Feed Station 2 – 38 miles – Southern Loop.

There are 10 feed station on the run course and they are positioned so you are never more than 1.7 miles away from the previous one.

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?

We produce a spectator guide for the Outlaw Half; this will be published in the immediate lead up to the event. 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 – have a look at

Is there wifi at the venue?

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.

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 welcome, but please keep them on a lead when around the athletes.