Melling and Pressling can call themselves 'Ironmen'
TWO athletes from Torbay AC's Triathlon Club have joined an exclusive list by completing the prestigious Ironman Lanzarote triathlon.
Considered one of the toughest endurance races in the world, the event comprises a 2.4-mile sea swim, 112-mile bike ride across the volcanic island and a 26.2 marathon run.
All have to be completed in less than 17 hours to be officially classed as an Ironman.
Jon Pressling and George Melling battled through searing heat and windy conditions to complete their debut Ironman race in impressive times
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Pressling crossed the line in 12h40m and Melling in 13h 52m.
The race was a culmination of months of hard work and training programmes which has seen the pair brave wintry sea conditions and long training rides, alongside triathlon club team-mates in preparation for their big day.
Steve Wilbraham and Tony Foster competed closer to home in the Marazion Standard Distance Tri .
Wilbraham completed the swim in 37.51, the cycle ride in 1.22.36 and the run in 44.56.
Wilbraham's total finish time was 2.49.25 for 10th overall
Foster's swim time was 37.51, his ride time 1.22.36 and the run in 44.56 for 2.29.45 combined.
There was another win for Torbay Athletic Club veteran Pete Monaghan who lead this undulating Ottery 10k race from the start,
Monaghan had tough competition from an unknown runner from Langport Runners, who stayed with him for the first four miles
Monaghan eventually won the race a minute ahead in a time of 34.30
Further down the field were John Donovan ( 63rd, 46.21), and William Valentine (191st 1.07.57)
Torbay AC's Stuart Parkes took on this challenging Imery's Clay Marathon as a build up to his 32-mile Ultra Marathon.
The Marathon is part of the new multi-terrain series in Cornwall it is a two lap marathon. Parkes finished 18th in this mainly off road event in an impressive 3.49 33.