ABOUT 1,400 athletes took part in the Challenge Henley triathlon and Henley half triathlon on Sunday.
Professional triathlete Tom Lowe was crowned champion after crossing the finish line in eight hours, 30 minutes and 19 seconds, beating last year?s winner, Stephen Bayliss, into second place.
Bayliss? wife, Bella, was the fastest female in a time of nine hours, 41 minutes and 46 seconds. Challenge Henley was her last race before retirement from the sport.
The athletes had the swim 3.8km along the Henley Royal Regatta reach, cycle 180m through the Chiltern hills and run 42.2km through Henley and along the Thames towpath.
Olympic skier Graham Bell, who lives in New Street, Henley, completed the Henley half in five hours, 30 minutes and 59 seconds.
Olympic swimmer Steve Parry finished the Henley half in six hours, seven minutes and nine seconds.
Parry, who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was supported by a group of family and friends, including double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell.