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Athletes put in the final training miles for IRONMAN Staffordshire

Athletes are putting in their final training miles ahead of one of the toughest triathlon challenges in the country.

There are fewer than 100 days left until IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, where competitors will take on a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile half marathon.

Competitors, communities and local businesses are all set to join in as the event holds its finale at Shugborough this summer, before the finishing line moves to a new home in 2018.

As previous years, the event will start at Chasewater and pass through Cannock Chase, before culminating at the historic hall.

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said:

“It’s always great to see so many people taking part in IRONMAN, and I am continually inspired by people’s individual stories and reasons for taking part.  I’m sure many people will be taking advantage of the good weather we have had recently, and getting out there to put in their last few training miles.

“Over the past two years we also have seen communities and local businesses come together in support of IRONMAN competitors, and they really get into the spirit of the event.  The event has been 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.”

One person who is returning to Staffordshire this year is the UK’s 6 time IRONMAN champion Lucy Gossage, who was first in Staffordshire last year.

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

“The great thing about IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is the mix of abilities, from professional triathletes right through to people undertaking their very first IRONMAN.  We get so much great feedback from athletes about their experience in Staffordshire, and I am sure many people will be keen to return once again.”