Outlaw Jo McCollom

PUBLISHED: 13:57 11 July 2012




Last weekend was a very successful one for the N1 Triathlon club. Pride of place must go to Jo McCollom as he can now call himself an 'Outlaw'.

McCollom completed the Ironman Distance triathlon race in Nottingham which bears the Outlaw name. One of the benefits of completing the course is that for ever afterwards you can claim this particular badge of honour and wear it with pride. McCollom completed the course in 13 hours 58 minutes, a very creditable performance. What makes his effort particularly remarkable is that less than one year ago when he joined the N1 tri club he could not swim a length of the pool.

Through the winter he trained hard and on Sunday he swam the 2.4-mile leg of the race in great style. On to his bike and all the hours of training on East Devon's hills came to his aid as the relatively flat 112 miles of Nottinghamshire countryside flashed by. Finally, supported by friends and family, he ran the 26.2-mile marathon and finished looking in fine shape and obviously delighted.

He is shortly embarking on an overseas adventure and all at N1 wish him well and salute his achievement.

Meanwhile the women of the club were strutting their stuff to considerable effect. At Millfield School Jane Beech confirmed her early season form and stormed the women’s sprint event and finished in first place overall. Not to be left out Vanessa Glyn Jones came first in her category too to complete a fantastic double act. Sally Hutter has been sidelined for a while but marked her return to competition by taking on the longer 'standard event' (you will see this particular event in the Olympic games). She was delighted to come home second in her category-well done all three.

Over at Crewkerne local vet Lucy Le Coq excelled on her new "racing machine" by coming home in third place in her age category. Lucy is a fine athlete and will go a long way in the sport.

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