The first ever Croyde Ocean Triathlon takes place on Saturday.

The event is raising money for four charities - Children’s Hospice South West, Croyde Surf Life Saving Club, Surfers Against Sewage, and Surfers Not Street Children.

More than 200 competitors are taking part in the exciting Olympic-distance triathlon, which looks set to challenge even the most-seasoned triathlete.

Event director Mike Morris said: “The course makes for a tough triathlon but we want to encourage everyone to take part, whether you are an experienced triathlete or this is your first one.

“We want people to see the event as a great way to get fit, set themselves a challenge, and raise money for charity.”

Mike and co-event director Lyn Strahan are expecting the event to raise some serious money for the event’s four charities.

Lyn said: “We want this event to be about more than the time you get as you cross the finish line; it’s about coming together and making those sweat and tears really count.”

The triathlon will start on the beautiful, award-winning beach at Putsborough Sands, where competitors will take to the Atlantic ocean for an exhilarating 1.5km open-water swim.

Once out of the ocean, competitors will take to the road for a gruelling 40km bike route.

The demanding 12km off-road trail run will require competitors to dig deep as they embark on a hilly final stretch.

Competitors can keep up to date with event news via Facebook: facebook.com/CroydeOceanTri; Twitter: @CroydeOcean, and the website: www.croydeocean.co.uk.