Massive crowds cheered home Craig Twigg and Jenny Bosman at the Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham yesterday, along with 1,150 other starters who had to contend with racing in baking heat despite a previous forecast of cooler temperatures for race day.
Twigg led the men’s race from nearly start to finish thanks to his strong swim and bike, crossing the line in 9:03:32 – two minutes ahead of second-placed Phil Mosely. “There’s no secret to my race plan, I’m a swim-biker,” he said post-race. “I’m lucky I got a big gap on the bike and I needed it by the looks of it.” Tom Vickery was was third in his best-ever time over the long-distance.
In the women’s race, Stacey Dransfield led out of the swim, into the bike and on much of the run. However, there was a close race unfolding behind her, with Jenny Bosman moving up quickly on the run despite being out of the top five in T2. Bosman took the lead around the halfway point, eventually crossing the line in 10:35:45. Silver and bronze were taken by Hannah Peel and Rekha Ravichandran.
“I took up triathlon last year and didn’t even own a bike 18 months ago,” revealed Bosman afterwards. “On the bike I thought I was lying in about sixth place at best and I thought, ‘it’s not going to happen’, but I started overtaking women and I thought ‘I must be up there somewhere now’. It’s amazing, it’s such a friendly event, it’s fantastic, the crew are brilliant.”
1. Craig Twigg, Speedhub (40-44), 9:03:32
2. Phil Mosely, (35-39), 9:06:00
3. Phil Vickery (25-29), Erdinger Alkoholfrei, 9:13:25
1. Jenny Bosman, (35-39), 10:35:45
2. Hannah Peel, Sheffield Tri Club, (30-34), 10:58:29
3. Rekha Ravichandran, (35-39), Racing TNT, 11:02:04
1. Team Extra (Karen Green Foundation), 8:18:27
2. Greenlight PT, 8:36:11
3. Absolute Tri Club Coaching, 8:43:20
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