STROUD AC’s Lee Rankin powered to his first ironman victory at the Forestman event in the New Forest.

He crossed the line 30 minutes ahead of the next competitor in the field and completed the challenge in 10 hours and 35 minutes.

The event consisted of a 2.4 mile swim , 112 miles bike ride and marathon run.

Lee has competed for Great Britain and won the European Duathlon age group championships. ZS23333H12