Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay is turning up the heat by challenging 100 people to join him in the inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3 Staffordshire next summer.
The chef has signed up for the UK’s flattest, fastest IRONMAN® 70.3 event which comprises of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile half marathon run.
Taking place on Sunday 14th June 2015, the swim will mark the start of the race at Chasewater Country Park, followed by a one loop bike route taking in the picturesque Staffordshire scenery in and around Cannock Chase. This single circuit course will then link back to and finish in the stunning setting of the Shugborough Estate.
Although the Staffordshire event has now sold out, fundraising places are still available through IRONMAN® UK’s charity fundraising partnership – and Ramsay has secured 100 places for competitors to raise money for The Gordon Ramsay Foundation, which supports a number of inspirational causes.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of IRONMAN UK, said: “Gordon is a fantastic competitor and it is great to have him on board. Although Staffordshire is a sell out there are still charity fund-raising places available, providing a great opportunity to be part of the race whilst raising money at the same time.”
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire Cabinet Member for Economy, Environment & Transport, said: “The event is a huge opportunity to showcase our wonderful county and will be fantastic for tourism, the local economy and residents.
I am delighted that Gordon Ramsay will be joining us in savouring all that Staffordshire has to offer and we are confident we have the perfect recipe for a fantastic event.”
Gordon said, “I’m excited to be launching GR100 and thanks to IRONMAN UK for giving us the opportunity to race at 70.3 Staffordshire. It’s amazing for me to combine two of my passions, the Gordon Ramsay Foundation and triathlons.”