Organisers have confirmed the death of a competitor at Chasewater during the Staffordshire Ironman race.

The man was taking part in the swim section today (12th June) when medics were called.

A spokesperson for Ironman said:

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a race participant.

“During the swim portion of the race, safety personnel were alerted to an athlete requiring immediate medical attention.

“The athlete was attended to by the on-site medical team before being transported to a nearby hospital where the athlete sadly passed.

“We share our greatest sympathy with the family and friends of the athlete and will continue to offer them our support as they go through this very difficult time.

“We thank the safety personnel and medical staff who worked quickly to provide the athlete with medical support.”

Ironman spokesperson

Cllr Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and culture, said:

“It is truly devastating that a day which many people had been looking forward to and started so brightly, has ended with this terrible news.

“Our thoughts are very much with the athlete’s family and friends this evening at this very difficult time.”

Cllr Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council

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