WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Second place Natalie Seymour of Great Britain finishes during Ironman Weymouth on September 11, 2016 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Natalie Seymour

TRAFFIC AND VANDALS FORCE IRONMAN TO CUT WEYMOUTH DISTANCE

WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Second place Natalie Seymour of Great Britain finishes during Ironman Weymouth on September 11, 2016 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Natalie Seymour
Ironman has announced it will not be continuing the full iron-distance event in Weymouth after complaints from locals about traffic and congestion.
Ironman 70.3 will be back and take place on Sunday 17th September 2017 but the race organiser said after consultation, it would be the only distance available.
 
Following speculation on the future of the full distance race Kevin Stewart, Managing Director Ironman UK commented, “Weymouth was the first time we had combined a full distance and 70.3 on the same day.  We have undertaken a review of this format since the event with the authorities and consultation with the local communities affected by the road closures.  

The conclusion is that we will withdraw the full distance event from the race going forward to ensure that we can continue to deliver the best race experience for athletes.  We continue to offer IRONMAN UK in July and IRONMAN Wales in September for those looking to race full distance.” 

IRONMAN WEYMOUTHAs well as the obvious road closures, it’s thought vandals made congestion considerably worse by removing some signage.

At the time, Ironman 70.3 Weymouth attracted over 2,800 entries in its first year making it the largest Ironman event in the UK.  Ironman 70.3 Weymouth, which saw Pro athletes Emma Gallant and Stuart Hayes crowned inaugural Champions of the event, will also continue to be a Pro race.

Weymouth is no stranger to long distance triathlon. Challenge Weymouth full and half-distance were held in 2014 and 2015 before Ironman brought the race for their diary.

Race entries will now open for the 70.3 race on Wednesday 9th November. 

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