Wow what a buzz as 2000 competitors take on a Swim, bike and run event like no other! Stafford town is alive with noise as the worlds most prestigious triathlon event arrives in the county town. Stafforshire is the first race of the British series with the event moving to Edinburgh in a few weeks.

The race was delayed by 1 hour this morning at Chasewater after race officials deemed it unsafe due to high levels of fog.

The fog soon lifted and the race started under near perfect conditions with the water temperature sitting at 18.5 degrees and the air temperature at 22 degrees.

The winner of the Pro Mens race was Elliot Smales in a time of 03:59:23

Here is Elliot talking before the race down at Chasewater

The winner of the Pro Womens race was Emma Pallant in a time of 04:16:54 making it her third Ironman victory of the year

Here is our video live from the finish line Emma Pallant winning the race and her celebrations.

Harry Palmer came over the line 1st in the Top age group Men category in a time of 04:14:25

Showcasing the great local success of this event was a fantastic showing for local triathlon clubs with Stafford Tri-Club being the most represented club in the event with 62 entrants.

The top 50 competitors from the race will be given an automatic entry to the Ironman 70.3 world finals in Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa later this year.

Staffordshire is 1 of 7 Ironman events taking place across the world today.

  • Ironman 70.3 Italy in Percara
  • Ironman 70.3 Switzerland in Rapperswil-Jona
  • Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns in Queensland Australia
  • Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire in Stafford
  • Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin in Madison
  • Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Cambridge Maryland
  • Ironman Boulder in Colorado.

Watch our footage outside the specialized bike shop

What a privilege it is to be among these top worldwide locations for a fantastic sporting event. Last year this even reported to bring over £2.5 million to the local economy. Lets hope for another boost this year!

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