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With more skin on show we triath­letes are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to in­sect bites.

But a few sim­ple mea­sures can re­duce the chances of be­ing eaten alive while you train.

In­sect re­pel­lent sprays and roll- ons of­fer patchy cov­er­age so ex­perts ad­vise rub­bing re­pel­lent into your skin once you’ve ap­plied it.

If you can’t stand the smell of DEET, try Avon’s Skin So Soft Fast Hy­dra­tion Dry Oil. It’s not mar­keted as a re­pel­lent, but out­door work­ers in Scot­land and even the Royal Marines swear by it for de­ter­ring midges, thanks to its sub­tle cit­ronella prop­er­ties. If you do suc­cumb, soothe stings and itches with mir­a­cle-work­ing Eu­rax cream (£5.49; Su­per­drug).

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