TWO hundred competitors took part in the first Ilfracombe Triathlon, which took place on Sunday as part of the Ilfracombe Sea Festival.

The course was exceedingly challenging, with a choppy sea and hilly terrain providing a stiff test as the athletes faced a 400metre swim, 22 kilometre cycle and five kilometre run.

The event was organised by North Devon Triathletes, Sea Ilfracombe, Ilfracombe Healthy Town and the Devon and Cornwall Police Constabulary, in support of the RNLI.

Twenty-eight first time triathletes from the immediate Ilfracombe area entered the event through a subsidised entry fee initiative offered by Ilfracombe Healthy Town.

First male and female finishers were Ross Macdonald (1hr 13min 48secs) and Robyn Golding (1hr 24min 58secs).

North Devon Tri Club had a large contingent of entrants.

Their successes were: Tim Reed 1.15:54 (4th overall, 1st men’s veterans); James Marshall 1.18:57; Chris Stone 1.20:06 (2nd MV); Phil Miles 1.22:33; Matt Redmore 1.23:50; Sean Macauley 1.25:06; John Irwin 1.25:27; Rose Terribile 1.26:49 (3rd Female Overall, 1st FV) ; Dick Congdon 1.27:17 (1st MVV); Lee Shepherd 1.28:47; Maria Hindle 1.29:57 (2nd FV); Garry Webber 1.31:39; Andy Hindle (including bike crash) 1.32:27; Steph Hulford, Chiara Magarotto, Lou Harris1.32:47 (1st female relay); Pete Cropper 1.33:56; Chris Jenkins 1.35:46; Steve Ditchburn 1.41:02; Nigel Cox 1.42:24; Leon Incledon 1.54:11; Richard Squire 2.01:13; Karen Whetherley (KAK female relay) 1.44:32.