Ray Crowther

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County gears up for Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire

With just over a month to go and excitement building for this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, people are being reminded to plan their journeys ahead of the event.

The world-famous competition, now in its third year, takes place on Sunday 18 June and will see competitors complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile half marathon.

Last year saw more than 2,000 athletes take part from all over the world and thousands turned out to watch at spectating hotspots set up at pubs and picnic spots along the way.

Starting at Chasewater, and passing through Cannock Chase before culminating at the historic Shugborough Estate the event will involve some diversions and road closures for the safety of athletes and members of the public.

To help motorists plan their route and avoid any delays, event organisers IRONMAN UK have released details and a map showing locations and times of all diversions and road closures. Details are available atwww.staffordshire.gov.uk/ironman. Essential access for carers can also be facilitated by contacting[email protected]

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy at Staffordshire County Council said: “Our last two Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 competitions were a huge success story from start to finish and gave us a great opportunity to really showcase what a fantastic county Staffordshire is to live, work and visit.

“We know from last year’s event that it will be well supported, with thousands of spectators,  but there will also be some minor disruption to travel in some areas during the competition.  We’re asking people to familiarise themselves with the arrangements ahead of the event and plan their journeys to avoid any inconvenience.”

Volunteers are also needed to help out with marshalling the course, feed stations, athlete registration, athlete bag drop off and collection and along the cycle and run course.  They will be joining a team of over 500, including stewards, medical staff and technical officials, getting the chance to gain great experience of working behind the scenes of a world-renowned event.  Anyone interested can find out more atwww.ironman.com/ukvolunteers

People can also follow the route of the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire on an interactive map at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/ironman

You can also view the map of the event here, IMST Road Access Map 2017 – Overview

News from Stafford Rotary Clubs

The gang

Here’s the latest from our friends at Stafford Rotary clubs….

Gurkha lunch

Stafford Rotary Clubs fund raiser for the Gurkha project in Nepal was a great success with a sell out lunch of Nepalese food and entertainment.

150 people sat down to a Nepalese curry lunch. The purpose of the meal was to raise funds towards the provision of water and sanitation facilities at Shree Balaranjan Primary School, Majhkot, Syangja, Nepal.

Four Rotary clubs are joining together to fund the project. Eccleshall, Stafford, Stafford Castle are  hoping for a District grant to match fund the money.

Stafford Knot can’t be included in this as we are hoping to get another grant for the Urban Explorer project we have successfully supported this year, so we are just raising funds whereas the grant system matches the promised amount thus making it a more substantial donation.

The meal was super and John Davies from Stafford Club gave a good introduction about the Gurkha’s. They have been in Stafford 10 years now, so an apt celebration. It’s believed one of the military Charities paid for the food, which meant that all the ticket money will go to the project.

Health Awareness Day

Last Saturday in the guildhall Rotary held their 12th Health Awareness Day. Nowadays the 3 Stafford clubs put the event on and free BP and blood sugar levels are offered as well as Abdominal Aortic scans to gentlemen over 65.

Last week 126 BP taken (including Peppa Pig makes 127)

13 men over 65 had their abdominal aortas scanned

Stafford FM raised awareness on the day. Some people were referred to their GP, some advised their BP was dangerously high and most went away happy that they were within normal limits.

Young Photographer awards

These are to be given out this evening (Thursday 11 May) at Weston Road High School. The standard this year was even higher than 2016 and there were over 300 entries from the Stafford Schools. If you want to enter, look out for the information in the schools or on Stafford Knot’s web site after Christmas.

Duck Race

Stafford Knot will be holding their 11th duck race on the afternoon of the party in the Park on July 2nd at Victoria Park. This year there will be 1000 yellow plastic ducks entering so please sponsor a duck. Tickets are on sale now and will be available on the day n the park. Just a pound and all the money goes to the worthy causes such as the Ghurka school project and Urban Explorer scheme.

Staffordshire Way

Stafford Knot (again) will be attempting to walk the Staffordshire Way from North to south on the weekends in July form the 9th onward. Please sponsor and help us raise funds for our nominated charities.

Find out more about Stafford Rotary Clubs here, Stafford Rotary Clubs

Stafford FM’s Crimeline: Do You Recognise this Man?


We need your help to find this man who Stafford Police would like to speak to in connection with a suspicious incident in Stafford.

At 5:30pm on Thursday 19 January a 15-year-old girl was walking along St Leonard’s Avenue when she walked past a man who was standing on the footpath.

As she walked past him, the man grabbed the girl. She screamed, pushed the man, and ran away.

The man then ran off along St Leonard’s Avenue back towards Fairway.

The girl was not injured, but left shaken by what happened.

The man is described as white, 5ft 7in tall with a slim build and aged in his late 20’s. He had stubble. He was wearing a dark coat and dark-blue jeans.

Stafford Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen this man in the area or who may know who he is and would urge anyone with information to contact them.

Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Staffordshire’s biggest triathlon is calling out for volunteers to help make the 2017 race a great success


IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is looking for volunteers and volunteer groups to help out at athlete registration, marshalling the course, assisting in transition and handing out medals and t-shirts at the finish line.

Groups of volunteers are also needed to help out at feed stations, transition, athlete bag drop off and collection and along the cycle and run course.

Volunteers will be joining a team of over 500, including stewards, medical staff and technical officials, and have the chance to gain great experience of working behind the scenes of a world-renowned event.

Sue Ball volunteered at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire in 2015. Sue said:  “Volunteering at Ironman was a wonderful experience.  It was great to be part of one of the UK’s most exciting sporting events.  What I remember most about the day, apart from those amazing athletes was just how many athletes, including Gordon and Tana Ramsay thanked me for giving up my time and volunteering to help at the event – a truly rewarding experience.”

IROMAN 70.3 Staffordshire takes place on Sunday 18th June, with the IRONKIDS competition taking place on Saturday 17 June.  The IRONMAN triathlon consists of a 1.2 mile swim in Chasewater, a 56 mile bike course through Lichfield, Burton-Upon-Trent and Cannock Chase, and will conclude with a 13.1 mile run finishing at the Shugborough Estate. Last year, the competition raised over £500,000 for charity.

Helen Riley, Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities said: “Volunteers really are part of the fabric of IRONMAN; the event simply couldn’t run without the hundreds of people giving up their time freely to help out, whether it’s handing out water to athletes, helping them out over the finish line, or making sure the race goes smoothly.  Our Staffordshire volunteers continually say what a rewarding experience it is to help out at such a large event; so I’d encourage anyone who wants to get involved but doesn’t want to race, to volunteer and be part of something great.”

For more information, and to sign up to be a volunteer, please visit www.ironman.com/ukvolunteers