LUCY WALMSLEY was crowned British Ladies' V45 Ironman champion on her debut at the event in Bolton.
Victory qualifies her for the 2017 World Ironman Championships at Kona, Hawaii in October.
Lucy a physiotherapist from Bourton-on-the-Water, is in the form of her life and just a fortnight earlier she had won the Over-45 section of the England National Triathlon Championship.
More than 2000 contestants took on the UK Ironman Championships on a damp morning in Bolton.
The professionals started the 2.4-mile open water swim first with a constant stream of amateur competitors following and soon the lake was full of swimmers as far as the eye could see.