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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 and the quick escape via a 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 of the saddle. The route takes you through beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside before returning to the National Water Sports Centre.


13.1 MILES

After dismounting the bike, you will embark on a flat run course that will take you around the Regatta Lake and along the River Trent path. There will be multiple feed stations and vocal 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 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: &

I entered using the 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 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 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?

Yes, you can. Up to four weeks before the event, this should be done via your Active account at 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.

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 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 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

When/how will I receive my race pack?

Once you have entered you will receive confirmation via email, nothing will be posted 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 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.

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 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: The Regatta lake is not available on Saturday due to the Sprint and Super Sprint Triathlon events taking place.

How do I book camping?

Camping is managed by the National Watersports Centre. Please visit their website for more 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 your wave.

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 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. 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 10.45am) 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.

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 31/12/2021.

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. Please note that you will need to bring photo ID with you and your BTF licence if you have one. We cannot give you your race pack without photo ID so please do not put our volunteers in a difficult position by trying to register without it.

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 Water Sports 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.

Event Day Infomation

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 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.

What nutrition do you have on the course?

High5 is our on-course nutrition partner. At 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 as well as bananas.

Along the run course there will be 10 feed stations (3 passed multiple times). 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 there?

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 offences, 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.

Littering will also incur a penalty.


What can family do while I am racing?

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

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. Please note that this is not precise tracking but an average pace based on your time recorded at fixed points on the course.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome, but they must stay on a lead.