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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