Joel Jameson joins Outlaw route recce
Created On: 06 May 2011
Joel Jameson joined a group of budding Outlaw triathletes in
Southwell, Nottinghamshire today to preview the new bike course.
Having just landed back in Britain following Challenge
Fuerteventura Half over the weekend, the Gi Tri Bridgetown athlete
confirmed he'll be aiming for the top at the Outlaw on 24 July.
Jameson is set to take on Ironman Lanzarote in less than three
weeks, and will then get married in June. Lanzarote will not be his
first Ironman event.
He said: "I did Ironman UK in 2005. It was my fourth triathlon
and it was a painful / educational experience to say the least!
Preparations for the Outlaw have been going well. He said: "I am
confident that I have banked a solid winter. I have Ironman
Lanzarote and then I will get married and will take 10days on
honeymoon before building for the Outlaw. My target is first place
overall, bold but I'm not going to lie."
Jameson also indicated his long distance intentions. "I have got
the Kona bug. I hadn't had any real drive to race Kona until this
year and now it's something strong in my mind for 2012."
Race organiser, Iain Hamilton, showed athletes around the new
bike course. He said: "We listened to local feedback from residents
and businesses and came up with the new route. We're actually
delighted with it and reaction from competitors who have ridden the
course has been really positive.
"Including the Oxton climb is really adding a point of interest
to the route - it's a 12% gradient, but only just over half a mile
long and then the descent into Southwell is really long and fast.
We're anticipating some really quick times, not just Tom Lowe's
relay split, but also from athletes like Joel Jameson and some of
the other experienced long distance athletes."
Paul Hawkins' winning time last year was 9:11:44, a time that is
likely to come under threat this year. The winning relay team won
in 8hours 52minutes, but the Gi Tri Bridgetown team of Catherine
Pickthall, Tom Lowe and Toby Jameson is expected go considerably
However, it's not all just about the professionals. Local father
of three, Chris Thompson, 43, hopes to complete his first long
distance triathlon; if he can recover quickly enough from the
broken arm he sustained in training last week.
He said: "I went to the Outlaw Triathlon last August and really
enjoyed watching it, and I thought that I would love to have a go
at it!" He has since lost more than three stones, mastered the
front crawl and completed a middle distance event.
Entries are still being accepted for the Outlaw individual
(£225) and relay (£250) events. There is also an open water
swimming event on Saturday 23 July offering 500m, 1500m and 3000m
events. Visit www.onestepbeyond.org.uk/
to find out more.
Confirmed sponsors for 2011 include Speedo, Compressport, TFN,
SwimShop and High5, with more to be announced shortly.