The Outlaw Triathlon returns to Nottingham this Sunday (26 July), with an expected 1,250 competitors and four previous champions trying to “outwit the sheriff.”

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The event, now six years old, starts at the National Water Sports Centre at 6am with competitors facing a 3.8km swim in the Regatta Lake at sunrise.

From there competitors move onto the 180km bike ride, a relatively flat surface which features the popular cheering point at Car Colston and looping round Southwell. All athletes must be back at T2 for the 4pm cut-off before starting the marathon run along the River Trent.

Once running the marathon, athletes will be treated to views of famous Nottingham stadia including Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, Meadow Lane and Trent Bridge.

Spectators should keep an eye out for the four former champions, 2010 winner Paul Hawkins, 2012 winner Harry Wiltshire, 2013 winner Eugene Grant and last year’s winner Craig Twigg, who are all tipped to do well. Karl Alexander, who won the 2015 Outlaw Half, will also be competing as he tries to become a double Outlaw champion.