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Crowds brave weather to cheer on IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire competitors

Wet weather didn’t dampen spirits as hundreds of spectators cheered on competitors in Staffordshire’s second ever IRONMAN competition.
Communities across Staffordshire came out to offer their support along the route, which saw over 2000 people complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run through stunning Staffordshire countryside.

The day started off at Chasewater, where the rain certainly didn’t put people off plunging into the water at 7am on the start of their IRONMAN journey.

Professional athletes Matt Trautman (SA) and defending champion Lucy Gossage (GB) led the field, with over 2000 local, national and international competitors taking on the gruelling challenge.

And the weather brightened up significantly as a host of competitors from across Staffordshire crossed the finish line, with many people raising money for local charities.

County Councillor Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth was on hand to hand out medals to finishers.  He said:

It’s been a fantastic day, and it’s great to see so many local communities come out to support the athletes despite the wet weather.   Everyone has been getting into the spirit of the event and giving competitors that much needed boost as they reach the finish line.

Well done to everyone who took part this year, and we look toward to welcoming IRONMAN 70.3 to Staffordshire again next year.”

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland, said:

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire has yet again been a tremendous success. The athletes have been really well supported by local people, who came out in spite of the wet weather to clap, cheer, and high-five them along the way.  We’ve promised them better weather next year, so here’s hoping we can keep that promise for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire in 2017.”