Gruelling Nottinghamshire Outlaw Triathlon passes through the area on Sunday

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Nottinghamshire’s renowned Outlaw triathlon will pass through the area on Sunday.

The A614 and A617 will be among some road lane closures and traffic managed junctions

Having attracted Event of the Year awards from British Triathlon and two national triathlon magazines, this year’s Outlaw promises to provide yet another tough challenge to the 1000 competitors who take part.

It starts and finished at the National Water Sports Centre in Holme Pierrepont, and the race will see athletes complete a 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike ride and 26.2mile run – all within a 17 hour time limit.

This is the fourth year that the Outlaw Triathlon will take place, with competitors from around Britain and the rest of the world taking part. This year will see over 1000 people on the starting line at 6am on Sunday.

After swimming 2.4miles in the lake at the National Water Sports Centre, they will cycle 112miles around Nottinghamshire.

There is a new bike course this year which, although uses many of the same roads as last year, will see cyclists completing one lap heading south east towards the quiet lanes of Staunton in the vales and onto Farndon, then heading north through Oxton, Southwell and Farnsfield before returning to complete the southern lap once more.

The marathon run course is around the National Water Sports Centre perimeter path and along the River Trent path, with the finish line in front of the grand stand at the National Water Sports Centre.

As in previous years, local triathlon clubs will support the event through participation and assistance with organisation on the day.

Local athletes from Total Fitness Nottingham, Absolute Tri Club and Gi Tri will all take part alongside people from around the country. There are athletes travelling from Ireland, Norway, Spain and the UAE to take part.

Nottingham oncology doctor and professional triathlete, Lucy Gossage, will return to the event for a fourth year in a row.

Gossage combines her training with life as clinical research fellow in the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute. She is part of a Cancer Research UK relay team.

Gossage said: “I love the Outlaw, it’s one of the highlights of the season every year. My favourite part is cycling past my parents house, which is right on the course in Kilvington.

“Money raised at events like this one go directly into funding doctors and scientists, like myself, to do really detailed research.”

The majority of competitors in the Outlaw will compete as individuals, aiming to push themselves through the swim, bike and running sections to achieve personal fitness goals.

Dad of two, David Manning-Ohren, from Keyworth will be competing in the individual event for the fourth year running. He said: “There’s a real buzz about the place that builds during Saturday and then it goes calm on Sunday morning before the race explodes.

He added: “I love the camaraderie, you find yourself being supported by strangers and fellow athletes. You come off the bike and start the run and it is like competing in an arena, the banks of Holme Pierrepont are lined with people wishing you well, clapping you and they drag you round as much as your body does.”

The event is free for spectators, who are encouraged to come down and support the participants and enjoy the carnival atmosphere of a major sporting event.

Please note that there will be cyclists on the roads from 7am until 4pm.

The majority of cyclists will have cleared the cycle course and returned to the National Water Sports Centre by around 2pm. There are some early morning lane closures and managed junctions in operation.