Clacton's annual triathlon has been hailed another roaring success.

Hundreds of athletes headed to the coast for the ninth running of the prestigious event.

And between them, with the help of sponsors, they managed to raise plenty of hard-earned cash for the Brain and Spine Foundation.

This year's amount is yet to be tallied up but, since the triathlon started eight years ago, it has netted in excess of £25,000.

comprised The two-day event - which follows Olympic and Commonwealth distances - comprised a children's duathlon, a sprint distance triathlon and the triathlon itself, which this year was won by Andrew Fisher.

He completed the 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run in one hour, 54 minutes and ten seconds, ahead of second-placed Oliver Milk (1h 58m 57s), with third going to Cesare Granata (1h 59m 28s).

In the female section, top honours went to Kerri Ranshaw, followed by Kay Hack and Lucy Bowditch.

Event organiser Jonathan Martin was delighted with the way the triathlon panned out and said: "It was another huge success.

"The turn-out was excellent and the weather was close to ideal.

"It was a marked contrast to last year when gale force winds forced us to cancel the swimming section.

"The sea was reasonably flat and, overall, we couldn't have been happier with the way it went."