Tickets have gone on sale from 1 December 2023 for the 10th anniversary Croyde Ocean Triathlon Event. The event will be held on Sunday July 14, 2024 at Putsborough Sands in North Devon. It’s a highly popular event so anyone who wants to enter is advised to snap up a ticket early. 

The competition consists of an Olympic-standard course, aka ‘Stunning & Savage’ involving a 1.5km ocean swim based at Putsborough Sands, followed by a 37 km circular bike ride and a 12km run across hilly terrain. 

There is a new category for 2024 that is more accessible for newcomers to the sport called ‘Stunning but Less Savage,’ otherwise known as the sprint category. This consists of a 750m ocean swim, 22 km bike ride and a 5km trail run. These events are set amongst some of the UK’s most beautiful coastal scenery. 

Race director Jo Hibberd said: “The entire team is excited about the new Olympic bike route and the newly added sprint race. We remain 100 per cent committed to the safety of every competitor and will again have the very best in medical and water safety with us on the day.”

Jo added: “We are tackling our carbon footprint in a variety of ways, from small, easier to implement ideas to harder more complex ones, we are tackling it all.”

“As an example, we are tracking the carbon used by competitors to get to the race. So far 57 per cent of competitors are car sharing, 12 per cent are cycling to the event and a further six per cent are taking the train. We are now looking at options to help athletes get from the train station to the event village.”

The event is organised and owned by the environmental charity Plastic Free North Devon (PFND) and all of the profits will go to charity. Those who are sponsored to take part in the event for charity are offered free entrance.

Claire Moodie, CEO of PFND, said: “After rummaging through every bin on site last year, we are very aware of what we have to implement to reduce our waste and recycling footprint in 2024 as well as further improving the overall sustainability of the event.”

“From providing appropriate and sustainable waste streams to working closely with our suppliers/traders and providing on-going and effective communications to participants and spectators, our approach will continue to be an evolving holistic one and we are so excited for 2024.”

PFND was founded as a community group in 2017 to encourage residents, visitors and businesses to reduce their consumption of single use plastic and to dispose of it properly. They aim to educate and inspire through events and clean up missions.

Currently, about 8-12 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the ocean each year, and about 80% of this is blown from land. This causes pollution and harms and kills marine life. 

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