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Competitors from around the globe sign up for Ironman event at Chasewater

Athletes from as far away as Saudi Arabia and New Zealand will come to Burntwood to take part in the Staffordshire Ironman race.

Almost 2,200 competitors will battle it out on June 18 as they take on a 1.2 mile swim at Chasewater, a 65 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.

A number of the participants are from across the UK, but organisers have revealed entries have also come from places such as Poland, Senegal, Angola, Lithuania, Hong Kong and Iran.

Kevin Stewart, managing director or Ironman UK & Ireland, said: “It is fantastic to see so many athletes from around the globe coming to Staffordshire year on year for our opening race of the UK season.

“We look forward to welcoming all the athletes, Ironkids and spectators lining the course in Staffordshire and Shugbrough over the weekend.”

The race starts in Chasewater before taking in Cannock Chase on route to the finish line at Shugborough.

Helen Riley, Deputy Chief Executive of Staffordshire County Council said: “Over the past two years we have seen Ironman bring so many people together from different backgrounds, each with the same goal of completing one of the toughest challenges there is.

“I’m also pleased to see so many people coming to Staffordshire from across the world, taking up the chance to see our county at its best. Hopefully they will enjoy their stay here, and take the opportunity to see just what Staffordshire has to offer.”

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