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Pros go the long way round this weekend

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Between the PTO bringing some top talent to Outlaw X and Holly Lawrence taking the top step at IRONMAN Cozumel 70.3, British pro triathletes were on fine form this weekend.

Taking place in Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire, Outlaw X welcomed a host of well-known British triathletes for the reduced 750m swim and the 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.

Pitted as the ‘Battle of the Brits’, Katrina Matthews came out on top in the women’s race with George Goodwin topping the men’s rankings, both of whom were pushed throughout to secure the win and the $2,250 on offer for the winner of each race.

Having come second at the Helvellyn Triathlon a few weeks ago, Goodwin was able to make the jump onto the top step of the podium. Having been neck-and-neck with Tim Don throughout the race, Goodwin opened up a gap over Don on the run to take first place in a time of 03:38:10

Don was narrowly pushed into third place by Thomas Davis who finished second. Adam Bowden (4th) and Luke Pollard (5th) completed the top five.

Lucy Hall led the way out of the water in the women’s race, with the shorter swim giving her a smaller advantage than she might have hoped for.

Once out on the roads, Nikki Bartlett was able to establish a lead with Matthews and Hall riding in second and third. Matthews managed to gain an advantage leaving T2 and extended the gap to win by just over two minutes from Bartlett.

Fenella Langridge pushed through to take the final podium place, with Ruth Astle finishing just eleven seconds ahead of Hall to take fourth.      

Holly Lawrence raced in somewhat different conditions as she took victory in the women’s race at IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel.

The Mexican island sits in the Caribbean Sea, with hot and humid weather providing challenging conditions for the athletes in the stunning surroundings.

Racing for the first time this year, Lawrence made a strong start and posted the second fastest swim time. Once on dry land, she claimed the lead and didn’t let go, crossing the line in 04:07:17 to win by ten minutes from Romina Biagioli (ARG). Cecilia Perez (MEX) came third.

With events covering a range of distances, multisport options, GO TRI races and children’s races too, whoever you are and whatever your sporting background, there’s an opportunity waiting for you in swim, bike, run on the British Triathlon Event Search.

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