TRIUMPHANT North Devon ironman Nick Thorn was mobbed by family, friends and well wishers on Thursday night after becoming the first ever to swim solo from Lundy Island to Woolacombe. And the 34-year-old surf lifesaver and instructor completed the epic 1

TRIUMPHANT North Devon "ironman" Nick Thorn was mobbed by family, friends and well wishers on Thursday night after becoming the first ever to swim solo from Lundy Island to Woolacombe.

And the 34-year-old surf lifesaver and instructor completed the epic 19.8 miles in almost the exact time he said he would - just a shade under six-and-a-half hours.

Readers can still make donations to his Children's Hospice appeal by going to www.justgiving.com/nickthorn.

Read the full story of Nick's biggest challenge in the Gazette this Wednesday.