Excitement builds in run up to IRONMAN Staffordshire

Many sporting events run through Staffordshire’s beautiful countryside. But none are more gruelling than the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, which returns to the county for the second time this weekend.
Set across more than 70 miles of our most stunning countryside, over 2,000 athletes will be arriving in the county to take part in the challenge.
The competition gives us a great opportunity to show off what our great county has to offer including the warm welcome and hospitality that awaits visitors.  It will also be a great day for families looking for a unique day out and going by last year’s event will provide a huge boost to the local economy.
All in one day, the triathlon features a 1.2 mile swim in the Chasewater reservoir, a 56 mile cycle, which partly runs through Cannock Chase, and a 13.1 mile run, with the finish line at Shugborough estate.  And don’t forget the Ironkids event on the Saturday, which gives children of all ages the chance to take part in their own mini challenge. It’s much more forgiving than the real event however, with challenges running from 500m to 2km.
This is our second time hosting the event and we are sure the county will come alive on the big day, as much of the course features spectating opportunities.  These will allow people to see the action and soak up the atmosphere as competitors take on this intense athletic endurance challenge.
To help keep everyone safe, some roads will be closed at staggered times on the Sunday so we are asking motorists to plan their journeys in advance.  You can get more details on the triathlon, the spectating hotspots and road closures at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/ironman.
I’m sure people will join me in wishing competitors the best of luck and extending a warm welcome to all our visitors.  I will be out myself to cheer on the contestants and hope to see many people also lining the streets.

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