TORBAY Tri Club's Lee Turner won the Dawlish Triathlon, which had to be cut down to a duathlon on the day of the race.
The race should have consisted of a 750-metre sea swim, followed by a 21.5-kilometre bike ride to Exminster and back, with a final run of five kilometres.
At 6am the race director announced the sea swim had been cancelled for safety reasons due to rough sea conditions.
Weak swimmers might have got in to difficulties and rescuing them could be difficult..
Many of the 300 competitors were disappointed as they had trained hard in the sea through the summer for this event.
Instead, a short 4k run was chosen which turned the event to a duathlon.
Torbay Triathlon club produced one of the biggest teams with 19 members recording some of the best results in the event.
Turner led the first 4k run and was the fastest triathlete to complete in a mere 14 minutes 41 seconds, with David Tomlin 30 seconds behind.
Turner's team mate Jon Parkinson was a further three seconds behind Tomlin.
The next Torbay Tri member home was Andrew Longthorpe in fifth place in 15.41 with Tony Foster doing well in ninth position.
In the bike section Tony Foster (34.09) had the fastest recorded ride time in the race.
On the final five kilometre run, Turner recorded the fastest time with all Torbay Tri members improving their positions in this final section. Parkinson was the third fastest with Longthorpe sixth fastest and Foster ninth.
Overall, Turner (1.14.13) won the race from Julian Ridgley of Somerset Tri Club (1.14.49) in second and clubmate Foster (1.15.36) in third.
TORBAY TRIATHLON CLUB RESULTS
1 Lee Turner (1.14.13) – 3 Tony Foster (1.15.36) – 5 Jon Parkinson (1.16.03) – 10 Andrew Longthorpe (1.18.33) – 15 Rob Payne (1.19.47) – 28 James Stevenson (1.21.57) – 46 Stuart Parkes (1.24.51) – 86 Glen Holmes (1.28.59) – 93 Tim Lewry (1.29.33) – 94 Catherine Parkinson (1.29.43) – 97 Rick Martin (1.30.11) – 100 Gerald Barlow (1.30.56) – 122 Stephen Wilbraham (1.33.07) – 148 Winston Barlow (1.35.32) – 168 Anthony Hodge (1.38.59) – 184 Rachel Longthorpe (1.42.16) – 211 Stuart Sweatman (1.46.20) – 263 Sarah Sweatman (2.02.48) – 264 Joanne Barlow (2.02.48) – 265 Leanne Foster (2.05.02)
TORBAY Tri Club used the Dawlish Triathlon race as it's Tri Club Championship with the fastest man and quickest lady each winning a large presentation shield which they will keep for a year.
The men's shield was won by Turner for the second year, first Torbay Tri lady home was Cathy Parkinson who was also third in her age category.
PAIGNTON policeman Jamie Johnson was fourth overall at the Dawlish Triathlon in a total time of 1.15.43.
Among the other top 50 finishers were Tom Brazier of Teignmouth Lifeguards (1.20.43) and Teignbridge Triers Russ Wheeler (1.21.17) and Mike Hill (1.22.12).
Six South Devon AC athletes took part – Johnson was one of them – and finished with some excellent results.
Frank Reay (1.22.36) was 35th and first male super vet, Graeme Kay (1.24.00) was 49th and third male in the V50-60 age group, Ryan Rudge (1.25.23) was 55th, Marc Jones (1.26.26) 70th and Rick Martin 102nd in 1.30.11.
TEIGNBRIDGE Trotter Helen Anthony had a great result at the Dawlish Triathlon, coming third in the ladies overall and first in her age category.
Anthony's times were 18.05 /40.26/25.39, with transitions makes a total of 1.25.46.
Adrian Handley, who completed the event last year, was 37th in his age group in 19.50/41.02/28.5, totalling 1.31.44.
Tracy Elphick, after a long season of no racing, produced 19.09/42.39/28.53 making a total of 1.33.15 and sixth in age group.
Sharon Bowman completed in 20.38/44.01/32.32, totalling 1.39.27 for 11th in her age group. Roger Hales also took part doing both the runs in a relay team.