Local Sport Report

Ready, Steady, Go for Stafford 10k

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Around 3,000 runners are expected to line up for the Stafford 10k this weekend.

The race on Sunday (24 September) is now in its second year and organisers have increased the number of people taking part following the success of the inaugural event in 2016.

Most of the places were snapped up quickly with all participants getting a specially commissioned medal and a technical running t-shirt.

The event starts and finishes in the heart of the town centre and is organised by Stafford Borough Council.

Supporters are being urged to turn up and cheer on the runners, with organisers planning a carnival atmosphere in town, including face painting, balloon modelling and street theatre.

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure at the Borough Council, said: “The Stafford 10k is a great addition to the town’s sporting calendar and follows the huge success of our Stafford Half Marathon.

“The event has already proved popular, with competitors from Staffordshire and beyond signing up early to guarantee their place on the starting line”

He added: “They deserve lots of support and I expect to see friends and loved ones turning up to cheer them on as well as those who just want to come and soak up the atmosphere.”

The route goes past Stafford Leisure Centre, before making its way towards Beaconside, then taking in sections of the Isabel Trail, and entering Victoria Park before returning to the finish in the ‘Square.’

The race starts at 10.30am. For more information about the route and timings for the day go to www.stafford10k.com

 

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:

http://www.doitforcharity.com/DBright
http://www.doitforcharity.com/BeverleyPowell

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

 

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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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