Local Sport Report

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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

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

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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

 

Get on your bike for Katharine House Hospice!

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The ever-popular Katharine House Hospice Cycling Challenge has been launched for 2017 with a brand new sponsor!

Katharine House Hospice are thrilled to announce that Swinnerton Cycles Forest Centre, based at Birches Valley, will be sponsoring this year’s Cycling Challenge.

Corporate Fundraiser at Katharine House Hospice, Holly Addison said “We are extremely grateful to have such a perfect match for the event. Their very generous support will mean that even more of the money raised from the challenge will go directly to patient care.”

Last year broke all records for the Cycling Challenge with nearly 700 cyclists pedalling for pounds raising an incredible amount for Katharine House. There really is something for cyclists of all abilities with 2 brand new routes of 45 and 65 miles, as well as the familiar and favourite Mini and Family routes.

The challenge, which is being held on Sunday 30th April, starts and finishes at Katharine House Hospice from 9.30 am and all finishers will receive a memento for their efforts. There will also be snacks available to purchase to help restore the cyclist’s energy afterwards.

Prices start from just £5 per person and all children under 16 ride for free.

Jack Swinnerton of Swinnerton Cycles Forest Centre said “We at Swinnerton Cycles Forest Centre are proud to be supporting the Katharine House Cycling Challenge for 2017, which is fast becoming a calendar classic.”

If you would like to take part in what’s set to be a great day for cyclists of all abilities, call the Fundraising team on 01785 270808 or visit www.khhospice.org.uk

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 75% of the funds needed to run its vital range of services.