Chasewater will again take centre stage when a field of international competitors battle it out in the Staffordshire Ironman race.

Ironman swimmers
Ironman swimmers

The country park will host the 1.2mile swim on 12th June, before racers head out on a 56-mile bike ride ahead of a 13.1mile run as the event reaches a conclusion in Stafford.

It will be the first time a full capacity field will take to the start line since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Registration figures are already up from that year, with organisers expecting a bumper event this time around.

Race director Rebecca Sutherland said:

“Ironman Staffordshire is our first race of the UK season and it’s inspiring to see record numbers registered to participate.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming back old and new athletes, and making that finish line feeling possible for even more participants at this year’s event.”

So far, registered athletes will represent 55 different countries, with participants set to fly in from the likes of France, United States, Poland, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands amongst others. 

Competitors range in age from 18 to 77 across general entry and the relay category, which is sold-out with 103 athletes racing from 48 different teams.

Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Philip White, said:

“We’re pleased to see Ironman Staffordshire return to the county this year and with more athletes than ever before – it means we can once again showcase Staffordshire to visitors from across the UK and the world.

“We look forward to welcoming athletes, their families and friends to Staffordshire in June.”

Cllr Philip White, Staffordshire County Council

For more details on how to enter Ironman Staffordshire, visit www.ironman.com/im703-staffordshire-register.

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