Local triathletes back out competing against the professionals

by | 14 November 2020 | Hobbies, Retford, Sports Club, Worksop

After five months of Covid lockdown and only a few weeks of indoor training, local triathletes from the Bassetlaw Triathlon Club were competing in the prestigous Outlaw X event held in the grounds of Thoresby Hall. The event provides triathletes of all abilities the opportunity to race on a truly beautiful course. This year’s event also attracted several of the worlds top Triathlon professionals including Tim Don, while the women’s elite list includes Nikki Bartlett and Kat Matthews.
The triathlon, held on Sunday 27th September, started with a reduced swim of 750m in the clear, unspoilt Thorseby Lake within the grounds of Thoresby Park. With a deep water start and a few turns to navigate over the course of the swim, it provides the perfect start to Outlaw X.
After Thoresby Lake, athletes then embarked on a spectacular single loop bike course which took athletes on a beautiful journey through the north Nottinghamshire countryside, including Walesby Forest and Clumber Park. There was approximately 2,000ft of climbing, with the highest point on the course coming at 51 miles. The athletes completed their epic journey with a 13.1m run through 1,000 acres of unspoilt English countryside within the grounds of the historic Thoresby Park.
First home on a day of challenging conditions of cold temperatures and a chilly northerly wind was professional George Goodwin. For the local club, James Gregory finished in a time of 4 hours and 52 minutes. First female home for the club was Katherine Hall completing the event in 5 hours and 54 minutes.
As well as competing, the Bassetlaw Triathlon Club gave a helping hand to the event with a team of volunteers positioned on the finish line to give out medals and refreshments.
Club Head Coach Steve Chambers said: “It’s been a great day for the club and so nice to see so many racing again in a great local event and competing with many pro triathletes. You are always learning team, don’t be too hard on yourself. If your race didn’t go quite to plan, evaluate, learn and move on. Sometimes expected times go out the window when the conditions are tough.
“Well done all the volunteers also, great showing by them with lots of encouragement from beginning till the end.”