SWIMMERS, cyclists and runners will next week take on a charity sprint triathlon which takes in some of Mid Devon's most scenic countryside.
Competitors can either enter the Culm Valley Triathlon as individuals or as teams of three to cover the 400m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.
Now in its second year, the event, on Sunday, September 29, starts at Wellington Swimming Pool and ends up in Culmstock.
All funds raised through the £35 entry fee and optional sponsorship goes to Children's Hospice South West, which provides care for children and their families who have a short life expectancy.
The inaugural race attracted dozens of participants who generated around £3,000 for the cause.
This year, organisers Stewart Priddle, 36, and his friend Andrew Limbert, 40, hope to raise even more.
"You're never too far away from someone who needs the help of a charity like this," said Stewart, who runs an ecology consultancy firm.
"Culmstock is a really giving community and there have been a few successful fundraising events.
"The profile of triathlons was raised after Great Britain's success in the Olympics and a Sprint Triathlon is a manageable distance with some effort!
"I wanted to organise something that would be accessible to lots of people so people can enter the whole thing or as teams of three. We have families entering the team event which is really nice."
Corporate sponsorship this year from local businesses has meant even more of the funds raised will go to the charity.
A host of volunteer marshals from the village help make the event possible.
The event will start with the swim at 10.30am, with the cycle taking riders north to the village of Langford Budville and back to Culmstock for the run.
But, warns Andrew, the route is as hilly as it is picturesque.
"It's a manageable distance," added the graphic designer. "But it's tough, there are lots of hills. But it's about having fun and raising some money for charity in the process."
On request, for individuals needing to park at the finish in Culmstock, the organisers are laying on a van from the village at 9.45am to transport bikes to the pool. For more information or to sign up by Friday, September 20, visit, www.culmvalleytriathlon.org.uk.