Local lifeguard takes the win at North Devon’s Croyde Ocean Triathlon

PUBLISHED: 19:58 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:14 05 July 2017

Croyde Triathlon. PICTURE: JUST FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY

Croyde Triathlon. PICTURE: JUST FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Olympic-length triathlon was hotly-contested when it came to Croyde on Sunday

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Some 300 triathletes took on the North Devon coastline as the Croyde Ocean Triathlon in association with Hyundai Roundswell returned for a third year.

The Olympic-length event saw competitors take on a 1.5km swim at Putsborough Sands before a 40km bike route including Fullabrook Wind Farm.

A 12km run taking in the beaches of Putsborogh, Saunton and Croyde finished Sunday’s race.

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Entrants came in from across the UK, but local knowledge paid off for Croyde lifeguard Jack Hutchens, who took the honours with a time of 2hrs, 22mins and 7 secs.

He led from the start too, first out of the 1500m swim in a time of 16mins and 38 seconds.

After the third fastest bike time, he put in the fastest run at the end, completing the section in 50mins and 24secs.

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Matthew Cox from Bridgwater finished second, with a time of 2hrs, 25mins and 15secs.

Cox and third-place William Collins battled for second place throughout the race, with Cox finally getting the better during the run.

Taunton’s Collins finished third, crossing in 2hrs, 27mins and 12secs.

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Lucy MacAlister was the ladies’ winner, finishing in 2hrs, 41mins and 16secs.

She beat last year’s winner Victoria Duncan, who crossed the line after 2hrs, 50 mins and 37secs – 15 minutes quicker than her winning time last year.

Third fastest was Kerri-Ann Upham, who crossed in 2hrs, 53mins and 7secs.

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The veterans categories were won by James Heal (2:30:29) and Emily Roper (2:58:39), while Jonny Rawlings (2:34:44) took gold in the super vet alongside Lisa Maggs (3:10:40) in the women’s event.

There were also 26 relay teams completing the gruelling triathlon in stages.

Middling Excellence (2:35:38) won the men’s category, Baggy Breakfast Allstars (2:45:53) clinched the mixed race and JCB (3:06:58) won the female category.

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Proceeds from the triathlon and September’s Exmoor Swim are going to four chosen charities.

The full results from the Croyde Ocean Triathlon can be found here.

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Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017.Jack Hutchens crosses the line. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017.Jack Hutchens crosses the line. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Jack Hutchens finishes the race. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Jack Hutchens finishes the race. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Veteran James Cross finishes with his family. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Veteran James Cross finishes with his family. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017 winner Lucy Macalister. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017 winner Lucy Macalister. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. William Collins, Jack Hutchens and Matthew Cox. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. William Collins, Jack Hutchens and Matthew Cox. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Ladies' team Fab Four cross the line. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Ladies' team Fab Four cross the line. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Hayley Humble crosses the line. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017. Hayley Humble crosses the line. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017 winners Jack Hutchens and Lucy Macalister. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017 winners Jack Hutchens and Lucy Macalister. Picture: Howaboutdave Photography

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