BIDEFORD athlete Chris Frisby chose an extreme event for his first triathlon and came through in style. He took part in the Endurancelife South West Coast2Coast Extreme event in which the target was to finish within 20 hours of constant running, cycling a

BIDEFORD athlete Chris Frisby chose an extreme event for his first triathlon and came through in style.

He took part in the Endurancelife South West Coast2Coast Extreme event in which the target was to finish within 20 hours of constant running, cycling and kayaking. Chris, 22, came home in 19 hours and 17 minutes to take fourth place.

The route took the competitors from the northernmost point of devon at Foreland Point near Lynton to the southernmost point at Prawle near Kingsbridge.

They started with an eight-mile night run around Foreland Point and to Brendon, which was the start of a 55-mile cycle to meldon reservoir near Okehampton. Then it was back to running shoes for a run up High Willay, the highest point in the South West, arriving around 4am in the pitch black and rain.

Another 23 miles of road cycling then took competitors to Princetown before a further 23 miles of mixed road and off-road across Dartmoor to Totnes.

The penultimate stage was eight miles of kayaking down the River Dart to Dartmouth, before donning running shoes again for 19 miles along the South West Coastpath to Prawle point.

Only 19 of the 30 competitors finished the course, just five beating the magic 20 hours.