AFTER 12 years of hosting the Ironman 70.3, Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor saw its final competitors negotiate the challenging course and make it across the finish line.

The half ironman distance triathlon (1.2mile swim, 56mile cycle, 13.1mile run) which was renowned for its challenging climbs both on the bike and run course really tested the athletes fitness and strength. This was part of the attraction for so many.

Taking part in the final event were four athletes from Tavistock. Spurred on by the fact it was the last chance to conquer the gruelling Exmoor hills. Tavistock Triathlon Club had a solid entry with Peter Moyse, Hannah Coulston and Mark Schofield.

The trio were led home by Moyse in a time of 5 hours 35 minutes 56 seconds, followed by Schofield in 5.51.47 and then Coulston who finished inside the top ten in her age category with a time of 6.07.13.

Competing for Cannondale Girls, Tavistock athlete Heather Fell surprised herself with a solid performance finishing third woman overall and first in her age group. This has now qualified Fell for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee in September.