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Preparations underway for 2019 Staffordshire Ironman race

Preparations for the 2019 Ironman race at Chasewater are taking place.

The event will see competitors from around the world take on a 1.2mile swim before embarking on a 56 mile bike ride. The race will culminate with a half-marathon run finishing in Stafford.

It will be the fifth time the event has taken place with more than 2,400 competitors expected to take to the start line on 9th June.

Cllr Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, said the race was a key event for the local community.

“Ironman provides a great boost for the local economy, businesses and tourism and as a county we are looking forward to giving a warm welcome to the competitors and their supporters once again in June,” he said.

“Staffordshire has always provided a spectacular backdrop for the event and the great reception from local residents along the route will undoubtedly help spur on competitors over the finishing line once again.”

As part of the competition there will be temporary road closures in place to ensure the safety of the competitors and spectators. People can find out more about these by visiting www.ironman.com.

Race director Rebecca Sutherland said: “We are looking forward to delivering the fifth edition of the Staffordshire Ironman.

“The 2019 event has its largest ever field. Improvements to the run course should improve the experience still further and I encourage everyone to come and join in the fun next month.”

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