Jack Hutchens took the overall crown for the second year running at Sunday’s Croyde Ocean Triathlon.
Hutchens, a local lifeguard from Croyde followed up on his win in 2017 by storming to victory again with a time of 2hrs, 26mins and 26secs.
Matthew Cox – second last year – repeated the feat again, finishing six minutes behind Hutchens with a time of 2hrs, 32mins and 7secs to claim second place.
James Travers was third, completing the gruelling course in 2hrs, 33mins and 22secs.
A sellout 400 competitors enjoyed a completely glassy sea at Putsbourough Beach, followed by a hot and hilly 40km bike ride through North Devon, finishing with a 12km run up steep hills and Croyde Beach, before climbing up to Baggy Point and back to Putsborough Beach, hugging the South West coast path.
Among the competitors were a couple of Olympians. Beijing 2008 silver medallist Heather Fell and Sochi 2014 bronze medallist Jenny Jones both took part on a scorching day on the North Devon coast.
Hutchens was first out of the sea after 22 minutes, and he built on his lead with the fastest cycle from an individual competitor.
Fell was the fastest female out of the water, but Elizabeth Richardson gained through the transition and cycle to push into the lead.
Richardson clocked the second fastest run to hold off the challenge of Fell – who was fastest – to be the first-placed female with a time of 2hrs, 48mins and 3secs. Fell was second with a time of 2hrs, 48mins and 48secs.
Third fastest female was Victoria Duncan, who completed the triathlon in 2hrs, 51mins and 48secs.
The fastest team went to mixed Team Busy B’s, who finished in 2hrs, 37mins and 35secs. Team Middling Excellence were second fastest team, with the men finishing after 2hrs, 43mins and 11secs.
Team Let’s Eat Cake were third, with the mixed team, featuring Jones on the bike, finishing in 2hrs, 45mins and 39secs.
Now in its third year, the event introduced a new category for 2018, with the family cup won by team Karlsson, a dad and two daughters who completed the course in 2hrs, 59mins and 42secs.
The race is also thought to be the first of its kind to be completely plastic free.