Honiton husband and wife duo part of N1 Tri Club team that did so well at Ironman Copenhagen

PUBLISHED: 08:35 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:35 25 August 2017

The N1 Tri Club members who were in action at the Ironman Copenhagen meeting in Denmark

The N1 Tri Club members who were in action at the Ironman Copenhagen meeting in Denmark


East Devon-based N1 Tri Club had a number of athletes involved in the thick of the action in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The N1 Tri Club has a proud record in Ironman racing ( the sport involves a 2.4 mile open water sea swim followed by a 112 mile cyle and rounded off by a 26.2 mile run and, to gain the title of Ironman or Ironwoman, a competitor must complete the three events inside 15 hours and 45 minutes.

Eleven members of the club were on the start line in a field of 3,000 competitors in the fifth running of Ironman Copenhagen.

Leading the club home in the fantastic time of 10:39:29 was Exmouth’s Helen Jones, who finished seventh in her age group.

Next home was West Hill-based Tony Spencer (he had previously completed Ironman Nice in France), and his time 11:49:55.

Honiton resident Rae Owen marked her upcoming 40th birthday with a terrific time of 12:20:40.

Anne Ephraums is recognised and admired for her athletic capability in Ottery St Mary where she lives, and in Sidmouth too where she has taught countless people how to swim. Anne completed the swim section in a superb time of 58 minutes which was not only the fastest in her age group, but also the 12th fastest swim of all the women in the competition. Anne completed her second Ironman, finishing this one if a time of 12:41:30.

Luke Owen and 60-year-old Jim Ephraums, both taking part in their first Ironman meetings, were next home in 12:54:06 and 13:09:05 respectively.

Ottery St Mary’s Nick Johnson, contesting his third Ironman, crossed the finish line of 13:21:04 and Matt Collins was home in a time of 13:36:33.

Dennis Elliott, racing in the 65-69 age category, and contesting his fourth Ironman, finished in 15:31:49 and the final N1 member home was Stockland Vanessa Glynn Jones.

At the grand age of 70, Vanessa was the oldest lady in the race and she completed her latest Ironman even in 15:44:36 – 24 seconds inside the time limit.

Sadly, one of the N1 eleven was unable to make the finish line. That’s Lisa Braunton had a major crash on her bike, but despite being injured she got back up and continued. Her hopes were then hit by a puncture before the third mishap struck – a mechanical problem with the bike.

The pity was that Lisa had already completed a new personal best time for the swim part of the event. She continued with the cycle race and finished the 112 miles only to find her time three minutes outside what was allowed.

The N1 Tri Club now has 45 men and women on its Ironman roll of honour.

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