Local Sport Report

Stafford ladies take on epic London to Paris bike ride for Katharine House Hospice.

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This July, hospice supporters Bev Power and Debbie Wright will be taking on the iconic 300 mile London to Paris bike ride in a bid to raise £3,000 for Katharine House Hospice.

Both from Stafford, Debbie is 46 and works on the Chemo Unit at Stafford Hospital, while Bev is taking on this challenge to mark her 50th birthday this year!

Debbie said “We did a cycling challenge in Kenya last year but this year we wanted to do something closer to home and our hearts.  Katharine House is likely to be a place where people we know will need to use.  Some of our friends and family have been affected by cancer and cared for at the hospice and as part of my job I speak to a lot of people who use the hospice services.”

This incredible cycle connects two of the world’s most chic capital cities. The ladies will make their way through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France, passing historical landmarks and famous battlefields until they reach Paris. Cycling around 95 miles a day over 3 days, the challenge is no mean feat.

Events Fundraiser at Katharine House Hospice, Lisa Carson said: “London to Paris is a massive challenge for the ladies and we are so thrilled that they have chosen to take on this epic journey in support of the hospice.  We really can’t thank them enough.  The money they have raised will make a huge difference to the lives of our patients and their families”.

If you would like to help the ladies reach their £3000 target you can sponsor them by visiting:


If you would like to take on a fantastic  challenge like this one for your local charity call Lisa Carson, Events Fundraiser on 01785 270808 or visit www.khhospice.org.uk/events.

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families who are coping with progressive illness across mid-Staffordshire. It relies upon the kindness of the local community to help generate over 75% of the funds needed to run its vital range of services.

Stafford Rangers FC – Pre season social evening for all volunteers and helpers



Stafford Rangers Football Club would like to invite all volunteers and helpers and anyone who would like to help, to a Social Evening on Thursday 6th July 7.00pm in the Chairman’s Suite.

If you would like to go along, please can you let the commercial office at Stafford Rangers know if you will be attending on the night so they can inform their in-house caterers of numbers. The number is 01785-602431

The pre- season fixtures have been announced, here are the opening fixtures up to the first week in August…. UP THE BORO!

13th July Stratford Town V Stafford Rangers
15th July Stafford Rangers V Wrexham FC
18th July Walsall Wood V Stafford Rangers
19th July Stafford Rangers V Walsall FC
22nd July Stafford Rangers V Port Vale FC
25th July Market Drayton V Stafford Rangers
29th July Stafford Rangers V Tamworth FC (now postponed)
1st Aug Redditch Utd V Stafford Rangers
5th Aug Stafford Rangers V Llandudno FC


Staffordshire sizzles for third IRONMAN 70.3 competition

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Hundreds of spectators took advantage of the sun as they came out to cheer on competitors 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.

And, scores of volunteers were on hand to give out water and support athletes along the way, who were competing in temperatures of around 29C.

The day started off at Chasewater, where the sun certainly helped people plunging into the cold water at 7am on the start of their IRONMAN journey.

Professional athletes Italian Giulio Molinari and Britain’s Lucy Gossage led the field, with Gossage scoring a hat-trick of wins at IRONMAN70.3 Staffordshire.

Over 2000 local, national and international competitors took on the gruelling challenge, battling soaring temperatures to cross the finish line.  Many people were 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 for the spectators, and it’s good to see so many local communities come out to support the athletes.  I think it’s been a tough race out there because of the heat, but everyone has been getting into the spirit of things and giving competitors that much needed boost as they reach the finish line.

“I particularly want to thank all of our amazing volunteers, who have given their time up freely to make both the IRONMAN and IRONKIDS competitions a fantastic success.”

IRONMAN 70.3 Race Director, Lisa Dent said, “It’s fantastic to see everything come together on race day after the many months of preparation. The spectator support from the local communities was once again exemplary and really helped the athletes reach the finish line. A special thanks to the volunteers who braved the heat to give the athletes a memorable race day.”

Bolow are photos of Ironkids with Carter Chatting.

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This week is the last chance to book your place at the discounted rate for Katharine House Hospice’s brand new 2017 event, the Neon Night Fun Run.

Taking place this Saturday 10th June 2017 on Stafford Common, participants will be able to run, dance, skip or walk 4 miles around Stafford, lighting up the night skies as they go in the county town’s very first event of this kind.

The evening will kick off at 7:45pm with music and dancing as well as a Clubbercise warm up party with Nikki Witty (Clubbercise Instructor) who will really get things going before the fun run begins. There will also be stilt walkers, a neon face-painter, fresh artisan pizza, gourmet coffees and neon goodies available to buy! Adding to the fun, there will be a prize for the best-dressed fun runner and every finisher will receive an official neon technical t-shirt, a neon finishers medal and a neon sweat wrist band.

Katharine House Hospice Events Fundraiser, Lisa Carson said “We are really thrilled with the overwhelming response to our brand new event which is going to be a fabulous night!  We have already sold almost 500 places, so with just 100 places left we urge people to book their place before the event to guarantee they won’t miss out.”

Places can be booked at https://www.khhospice.org.uk/neonnightrun2017 by midday on Thursday  or by calling 01785 270808 during office hours by midday on Friday. If there are still places available you can turn up on the night, although we cannot guarantee your place, and the price will increase by £5 per person.

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families who are coping with progressive illness across mid-Staffordshire. It relies upon the kindness of the local community to help generate over 75% of the funds needed to run its vital range of services.

For more information, please contact fundraising on 01785 270808 or alternatively e-mail [email protected]


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