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Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire bike course unveiled

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The organising team behind the new Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire have released the bike course for the newest Ironman 70.3 event in the UK, ahead of entries opening next week. The 56 mile single-circuit course will link the swim at Chasewater Country Park with Shugborough Hall Estate, which hosts the run and finish line.

The route, for this inaugural event on 14 June 2015, takes in the picturesque Staffordshire scenery around Kings Bromley, Draycott in the Clay, Blithfield Reservoir, Rugeley and Cannock Chase. It will be one of the fastest, flattest courses on the Ironman European Tour, with an elevation of 2,058ft, compared to the existing Ironman 70.3 UK race at Wimbleball, which has an elevation of over 5,100ft.

Ahead of this new 56 mile bike route, Ironman Staffordshire will commence with a 1.2 mile swim in Chasewater reservoir before concluding with a 13.1 mile run that will start and finish at the historic Shugborough country estate, the former ancestral home of Lord Lichfield, a renowned royal photographer and cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

A PDF of the bike course can be viewed online, as well as an interactive map.

Race Director Dan James at Ironman UK, said “We have been working in conjunction with Staffordshire County Council for many months to create what we feel delivers a fantastic bike course for our athletes. Not only does it offer one of the flatter 70.3 bike routes available but it also highlights the stunning Staffordshire countryside along the way. A lot of personal bests will be set next June.”

Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children and Community Safety on Staffordshire County Council, said “The bike course will showcase Staffordshire’s beautiful scenery to thousands of athletes, spectators and Ironman fans watching across the globe. We are thrilled this exciting event is coming to our county, giving us a great opportunity to promote tourism and our growing reputation as a sporting destination.

“The County Council will be working with the organisers to involve people, communities and businesses along the route to make sure the race become an annual highlight on their calendar.”

Online entries for the event will open on 26 August 2014 at 13:00 GMT for athletes who have pre-registered their interest in the event. Pre-registered athletes will have 24 hours to secure a place on a first come, first served basis before general entries open at 13:00 GMT on 27 August when any remaining places will be made available.

www.ironman.com/staffordshire70.3
www.staffordshire.gov.uk/ironman

 

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