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Environmental focus

Since 2019, we have focused on reducing the carbon footprint of the event.
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A team of over 130 volunteers make this awesome event happen on the day. Remember, all our profit goes to charity. We guarantee you will have a fantastic day if you sign up to help volunteer.

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With increasing recognition of the environmental challenges that we are facing, we first teamed up with The Pickwell Foundation and Plastic Free North Devon in 2018 to encourage greater consideration for the environment as an event, and for the competitors taking part.

After the success of making Croyde Ocean Triathlon the first plastic free event in the UK in 2018, we have since focused on reducing the carbon footprint of the event.

Now in 2023 the event is owned by environmental charity Plastic Free North Devon and we will be working hard to make this event the most sustainable sports event in the UK.  Keep an eye here and on our socials for news of how we are going to be doing this.  We know we can’t achieve it all at once but we will be making changes to improve the sustainability of the event.

We can all do our part!

Check out Plastic Free North Devon for great practical advice on how to reduce your footprint.


All merchandise is recycled or organic, zero packaging

Promote electrolytes NOT gel sachets

100% of signage is reused

Sponsors are B Corp or 1% for the planet

Zero single use on site, waste food to a digester. Waste police on site

Use of local suppliers as a priority

Strict vendor sustainable compliance

Ethical energy provider

Water bar on site, reusable cups on the course

100% of profit to Plastic Free North Devon

Over 2000 cable ties, all slip release and reused every year

Medal ribbons hand made from old beach tents

100% single use cup free on site

Working with and supporting the local community

Home made, zero packaging for volunteer food

Promoting train travel and collections by mini bus transfer








No control over How far people travel
Most people drive as we are remote
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of participants stay the night





bits of single use plastic left on site


Single use coffee cups


compostable food trays



car share


on the train




on own in car

Our most asked questions for supports at the Croyde Ocean Triathlon
Our most frequently asked questions for athletes taking part in the Croyde Ocean Triathlon
Stunning but less savage
750m ocean swim, 18.5km bike and 5.5km trail run
stunning & savage
1.5km ocean swim, 37km bike and 12km trail run

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