SKYRAC husband and wife duo Nuno and Rebecca Cesar De Sa tackled the Cleveland Steelman on Saturday.

The pair had never completed a regular Olympic distance triathlon and had only managed one training session in open water a week before the event. The Steelman comprised of a 2km swim, 58 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run.

Nuno said: "We have trained together for about 5/6 weeks, managing a bike ride followed by a short run and a weekly swim in our wet suits at Ilkley Lido.

"We were both worried about the open water swim aspect and Rebecca was worried about getting a puncture on the bike."

The weather was terrible in Catterick with heavy rain and wind for most of the bike ride.

Surprisingly the swim went well, with both of them completing it with relative ease.

Nuno, who was a lot stronger than his wife on the bike, managed to gain a lead of over 15 minutes on Rebecca before the final stage, the run.

Rebecca, who had been looking forward to the run as she was most confident in this area, ran about 15 minutes quicker than her husband. Rebecca said: "My legs felt fine after the bike ride and I felt strong. About half a mile from the finish I saw a guy walking up a hill.

"I could tell it was my husband so I ran faster to try and catch him up. The marshals were cheering me on to close the gap.

"Once alongside we grabbed each others hand and ran into the finish together. It was amazing to finish at exactly the same time, we could never have planned or imagined that."

Out of a field of approximately 300 approximately competitors, with many who did not finish due to the poor weather conditions, Nuno and Rebecca were 148th and 149th overall respectively, with Rebecca the 17th female finisher. Both had times of 6hrs 6mins 48sec.