Raceskin Brand Ambassadors, Kit Walker and Alison Wilson were crowned 2016 champions at Nottingham’s Outlaw Triathlon on Sunday, 24th July.
Over 1100 athletes took on the 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. Kit Walker set a new personal best time for the distance to win, whilst Wilson set the fastest ever time by a woman at the Outlaw.
Finishing in 8:58:52, Kit commented: “That’s the fastest time I’ve done so far. I had to push it pretty hard, it was only just [under nine hours], but I did it.”
He added: “Every time you come past the finish it’s just phenomenal, loads of noise, everyone shouting your name, commentary, it’s just amazing. I knew I’d have to have a really good race to win; I didn’t quite have the run I was capable of, but it was enough.”
Alison Wilson, 28 from Portsmouth, had a fantastic bike leg to put herself into a lead at the start of the run. Although she’d only previously done one long-distance race, her fluid running style suggested she might be able to do something special. She delivered the best ever finishing time by a woman at the Outlaw, beating the previous best time of 9:50:58 set by Vicky Gill in 2013.
She said: “The day didn't start off too well after a disappointingly slow swim, but once out on the bike I found my comfort zone and a sense of urgency to track down the lead ladies. Knowing the bike course was flat and the weather conditions perfect i pushed on and managed to find myself in first place. The bike went somewhat to plan, however, not really knowing how much to hold back for the run I just pushed a pace that felt comfortable, somehow weighing up the pressures of being caught and the worry of burning out. Coming into transition was a great relief, the bike is always a worry for me, the only thing in a triathlon that is not fully in my control (mechanical issues). Once running i felt good and just sat in, the crowd and crew were the main thing that got me through it, the support was phenomenal…I couldn't have asked for more. On the final lap of the run i spotted the overall time and knew i was in with a chance of the record. It was a struggle to up the pace over the last few miles but the support from everyone, especially my old coach Dewi, gave me the extra boost needed to make the finish line in 09:45:56..”