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I seem to remember my research said this was the ‘easiest’ one to do? In terms of flatness that is. My back aches at the thought of that in TT.
Time is running out for budding athletes who are considering taking up the challenge of IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire on Sunday 18 June. With 92% of entries now taken, there are only a limited number of spaces left for the third annual IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, which will see competitors complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile half marathon, either as an individual or in a relay team.
As in previous years, the event will start at Chasewater and pass through Cannock Chase, before culminating at Shugborough for the last time, before the run element and iconic finishing line moves to a new home in 2018.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said “Staffordshire as a county provides a spectacular backdrop for the event and nowhere more so than the Shugborough Estate. While IRONMAN will be continuing in the county, this will be the last chance for people to sign up to cross the finishing line at Shugborough on June 18.
“For anyone who is thinking about signing up but hasn’t yet done so, I’d urge them to book their place while there are still some available.”
He continued, “Staffordshire people and local businesses have been tremendous in their support for IRONMAN over the past two years, and this year will be no different. The event is great for highlighting what a fantastic county we all live and work in and I am sure people will be showing their support once again.”
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland, said “We have had very positive feedback from athletes about their experience in Staffordshire and are looking forward to welcoming new and old timers to our first race of the season. Taking place in the heart of the country, the event offers easy access combined with our flattest bike course on offer on the UK’s calendar!
“Places are limited in what is always a sell-out event, so we would encourage anyone wanting to take on the IRONMAN challenge to sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”
IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is the first of six events on the IRONMAN UK calendar for 2017, followed by IRONMAN 70.3 UK, IRONMAN UK, IRONMAN Dublin, IRONMAN Wales and IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth.