Believe & Achieve events organiser Rob Piggott lauded the 2015 Portsmouth Duathlon as the best yet.
The three races were all sold out, with local athletes relishing the chance to compete in the multi-discipline event in Southsea.
Both the overall competitions for the men’s and the ladies’ series prizes proved the closest in the three years it has been held.
That highlighted the increasing depth of talent on show.
Piggott also felt a change to the cycle route for race three, to keep it along the seafront in Southsea helped the event.
He said: ‘This has been the best of the three this year.
‘The change of the third bike route was fantastic.
‘We worked with the council to change the route.
‘Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and I’ve had some really good, positive feedback about the whole event.
‘In the ladies’ race there was only five seconds between the top two and about a minute and a half between the top three.
‘And in the men’s it was just a minute between George Little and Patryk Huczkowski and four seconds between Patryk and Andrew Waddington.
‘You couldn’t get much closer.
‘It’s good to have the competition. They all thoroughly enjoyed it.’
The run, bike, run series is hosted from the transition area at Speaker’s Corner in Southsea.
It allows for a great atmosphere as the competitors cheer each other on when they pass through and plenty of new friendships are formed.
Piggott added: ‘The camaraderie I see throughout the series is brilliant.
‘Everyone in transition is going to and fro against each other and everyone gets to know each other over the course of the three events.’
Entries are already open for the 2016 Portsmouth Duathlon Series.
‘We’ve got an early bird price of £70 for the whole series and that’s up until June 20,’ added Piggott.
‘Our next event here is the RNLI Kayak Hayling Island which is 13 miles around the beautiful Hayling Island.’