Croyde lifeguard Jack Hutchens put in another dominant display as he took victory at the Croyde Ocean Triathlon for the fourth year in a row.
Hutchens was in command throughout, clocking the fastest swim and run as he completed the gruelling Olympic distance course in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 13 seconds.
His time saw him finish eight minutes clear of Sam Wordley, who took second place with a time of 2:17:30. Third place went to Tom Heal (2:23:00).
Bristol’s Kate Mactear was the fastest female, clocking a time of 2:38:23. Victoria was close behind to finish second, finishing with a time of 2:40:08.
Lucy Tothill (2:49:23) was the third fastest.
The first relay team across the line was Big Goat Tri Club (2:25:44), and the first mixed relay was local team Sauntoning Around (2:29:41).
The event – now in its sixth year – took a slightly different format this year to ensure it complied with Covid-19 regulations.
The event was run as a time trial, with a rolling start and a five-second gap between each competitor.
There was a neutral zone in a larger transition area, where the clock stopped so competitors could take time to ensure they socially distanced.
Other measures included an online briefing for marshals and competitors, PPE for all marshals, a no-go area at the finish line and an exit for competitors.
Organisers Pete Wright and Mike Morris worked closely with Triathlon England to ensure a socially distanced event could go ahead.
Wright said: “We needed to come up with a format which was still both fun and challenging for competitors, but which ticked all the boxes to comply with Covid-19 regulations.”
Competitor Phil Turbard summed up the event. He said: ‘An excellent example that there is no reason to turn the world off - we Just have to do things a little bit differently for a while.”
The Croyde Ocean Triathlon, in association with The Pickwell Foundation, will be back on July 4, 2021.