Reece Barclay and Cat Faux won the inaugural Outlaw Half Holkham in beautiful conditions and the stunning setting of Holkham Estate in North Norfolk yesterday (3 July).
The race was billed as a rematch between Karl Alexander and Simon George, who finished just eight seconds apart at the Outlaw Half Nottingham. George set the early pace, motoring to the fastest bike split of the day. Alexander was moving well too until his back tightened and he backed off to save himself for the Outlaw in three weeks time.
Running out of T2 with a big lead, George faced a hilly 13.1mile run around the Holkham estate. Tom Vickery, made the sprightliest start, looking light on his feet, passing those ahead of him and gaining on George. He passed George on the final lap and crossed the line as the first finisher.
However, he had to wait to find out whether anyone from the second wave would beat his 4hrs18:55 finishing time. News was that Reece Barclay was running well and he came across the line in 4hrs17:18 to take the win.
Delighted, he said: “It was a tough course, but the location and the course lifted you the whole way. I knew I was in contention so I gave it my all.”
Cat Faux started the race as a clear favourite in the women’s race, despite having not raced for two years. But with a pedigree of having won her Age-Group in Kona and holding the Outlaw Half Nottingham course record, Cat was the star performer of the day.
She finished in 4hrs32:14. Laura Fidler was the second placed woman in 4hrs55:17.
Cat said: “I was so nervous, it means so much to me, I cared an awful lot about this race and so there were a lot of nerves. I came the position that I hoped I would.”
The atmosphere at Holkham was fantastic with nearly 1000 athletes racing to beat their previous best times, raise money for charity, or just enjoy the stunning location.
Beijing Olympic silver medallist in Modern Pentathlon, Heather Fell, was fifth overall having only taken up the sport last year. Identical twins, Tim and Mark Dean, 49, from Cambridge raced together and crossed the line in identical times of 5:31:31.
Local clubs, Tri-Anglia, Kings Lynn and Ely came out in force and athletes travelled from across Britain to compete. Nottingham’s David Manning-Ohren made an extra special trip to keep up his Outlaw record; he has now completed every Outlaw and Outlaw Half event since the first one was launched in 2010. He’s now getting ready for the Outlaw Triathlon in three weeks time.
RESULTS; Outlaw Half Holkham; 1900m swim, 56mile bike, 13.1mile run:
1. Reece Barclay, 25-29, Hoddesdon Tri Club, 4:17:18
2. Tom Vickery, 30-34, Erdinger, 4:18:55
3. Simon George, 35-39, Giant Lincoln/Lincoln Tri, 4:19:44
4. Sam Begg, 25-29, 7OAKS TRI, 4:22:36
6. Tom Mcglashan, 25-29, Tricamp Tfn Race Team, 4:25:23
1. Catherine Faux, 25-29, 4:32:14
2. Laura Fidler, 30-34, PREMIER TRI, 4:55:17
3. Zoe Smith, 30-34, Rutland Running & Triathlon Club, 4:56:55
4. Gemma Frost, 30-34, 4:57:32
5. Heather Fell, 30-34, 5:01:30