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Stafford Castle becomes part of IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire run course

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is back for 2019, with a whole new run course to challenge competitors.

Now in its fifth year, the new IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire run course will consist of two loops of Stafford, and sees runners take in the picturesque Stafford Castle on their route.

The full event consists of a 1.2-mile swim at Chasewater Country Park, followed by a 56-mile bike through the Staffordshire countryside and Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, finishing with a 13.1-mile run through Stafford town centre.

The run course will take athletes from Riverway alongside the River Sow, into the town centre and towards Stafford Castle before heading back down Newport Road towards the town centre.

With two loops around the historic medieval castle and three through the town centre, family and friends and visitors will be able to see athletes multiple times before they head down to the finish in Stafford’s busy Market Square.

Rebecca Sutherland, IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire Race Director said: “We are excited to be able to incorporate the historic Stafford Castle into the course and expect it to become a real feature not only of the run course, but also of the event as a whole,”

“We continually strive to improve the race experience for our athletes and following last year’s move into Stafford town centre, incorporating Stafford Castle was identified as a long-term goal. The change allows us to remove some of the dead turns of the previous version, as well as giving athletes more of Stafford to enjoy.”

“We would like to thank our partners at Stafford County Council, Stafford Borough Council and Freedom Leisure in helping us make this happen and we look forward to another exciting event this June.”

County Councillor Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for the Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council said:

“We’re really excited that IRONMAN 70.3 is coming back to Staffordshire for 2019. Last year proved to be a real boost for the local economy, with hundreds families and communities coming out to support the athletes and taking advantage of what Staffordshire has to offer.”

Cllr Mike Smith, Deputy Leader, Stafford Borough Council:

“What a fantastic atmosphere this event created last year with the runners completing the race in the heart of the county town cheered on by thousands of spectators.

“And this year Stafford Castle, the iconic landmark of our county town, will provide a spectacular backdrop for all the runners.

“I expect the event this year to be very popular so get your entry in now if you haven’t already but, if you are not competing, make sure the date is in your diary for what promises to be an exciting day in Stafford.”

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire takes place 9 June 2019 and is one of the biggest middle-distance triathlons in the UK with over 2500 athletes expected to take on the 1.2-mile swim, the 56-mile bike and the 13.1-mile run. A limited number of entries remain.

For more detail on the new run course visit www.ironman.com/staffordshire70.3