Skegness triathlete finishes in top 40 from field of 1,250 at Outlaw Half

Chris clocked a sub 1.40 half-marathon - after a 1900m swim and 56-mile cycle ride EMN-160206-103241002
Chris clocked a sub 1.40 half-marathon - after a 1900m swim and 56-mile cycle ride EMN-160206-103241002

Skeg Tri Club athlete Chris Reader rose to the challenge and completed his second 70.3-mile middle-distance triathlon at the Outlaw Half in Nottingham.

Around 1,250 athletes took on the 1900m swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run, starting with the swim in the National Water Sports Centre’s regatta lake.

A quick transition, the bike leg was held on Nottinghamshire roads with great surfaces for fast riding and only the odd short climb.

On returning to the centre for the second transition, the half-marathon course followed the lake and river path where competitors’ legs started to burn.

Chris is renowned for his drive and pushed through the pain barrier to complete these endurance events in fantastic finish times of 32min 14secs (swim), 2hr 16min 32secs (bike), 1.34.12 (run) for a total time, including transitions, of 4hr 42min 52secs.

Out of about 1,250 entrants, Chris was the 39th to cross the finish line, cheered on and supported by his partner Lucy, coach Emma Marshall-Telfer, and Tri Club friend Mark Wheeler.