Ironman has announced a new race for their 2015 season adding another date in the dairies of British triathletes.
Earlier this month, the race organiser announced it was to begin a new 70.3 race in Dublin, Ireland and now the team say they’ll be holding another 70.3 in Staffordshire, England.
The inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3 Staffordshire triathlon will take place on 14th June 2015.
Ironman describes the race as ‘one of the flattest, fastest triathlons on the calendar, IRONMAN® 70.3 Staffordshire will consist of a 1.2-mile swim in Chasewater reservoir and a 56-mile bike course through the stunning countryside outside Lichfield, Burton-upon-Trent and across Cannock Chase area of outstanding natural beauty. The concluding 13.1 mile run 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.’
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland, commented, “We are extremely excited to be expanding our IRONMAN® 70.3 event calendar in response to demand from UK athletes.
“Our only other UK 70.3 event sold out last October, so we are sure that thousands of new athletes will be attracted to the sport by this new race.”
If, like us you are losing count of Ironman’s UK race calendar here they are in all their glory!
- 70.3, Exmoor
- 70.3 Staffordshire
- IRONMAN UK, Bolton (reviewed here)
- IRONMAN Wales, Tenby (reviewed here)
- PLUS the near-by 70.3 Dublin
2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Exmoor Champion Will Clarke said, “It’s great news to have another race on home soil as I’m currently only racing in the UK once a year. What’s more it’ll be amazing to have an IRONMAN race so central making it easier for my friends and family to be there to support.”
One of more than 70 events in the global 70.3 Series, Staffordshire will have a $15,000 USD professional prize purse and will be a P-500 race. Additionally, the race will offer 30 age-group qualifying slots for athletes to qualify for the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held in Europe for the first time, hosted by Zell am See, Austria.
Full details of the race will be available later this summer here: www.ironman.com/staffordshire70.3