Ironman world champion Javier Gomez

It took just a matter of hours for all places for the 2016 Ironman Staffordshire race to be snapped up.

Ironman world champion Javier Gomez

The event will follow the same route as the inaugral race this year. Competitors take on a 1.2 mile swim at Chasewater before challenging themselves with a 56 mile bike ride. The gruelling event concludes with a 13.1 mile run ending at the Shugborough Estate.

Cllr Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for economy, environment and transport, said the county was looking forward to making the second year of Ironman an even greater success story.

“We are delighted to see the event sell out once again on the first day and we are really looking forward to welcoming competitors and their friends and family back to Staffordshire next summer.”

Among the competitors for inaugral event earlier this year were celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and Ironman world champion Javier Gomez.

Kevin Stewart, managing director of Ironman UK & Ireland, said: “The Staffordshire race continues to capture the imagination of existing athletes and first timers – I am not surprised individual places went so quickly.

“With the benefit of our experience from the first year in Staffordshire and athlete feedback we have received, we are look forward to enhancing the event.

“Each year competitors raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and the good news is that there are still places available if people want to sign up with one of our charity partners.”

For more details on the charity places, visit the Ironman website.

People can find out more about the event and the charity partners here.

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