Competitors are gearing up for the 5th IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, which is less than a week away.

Under starter’s orders on 9 June will be more than 2400 competitors, all hoping to complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile half marathon.

The event will start at Chasewater, and for the first time ever, will take in the historic Stafford Castle before finishing in Stafford Town Centre.

Mark Winnington, fro Staffordshire County Council, said: “IRONMAN, the county council and Stafford Borough Council are working hard behind the scenes to help ensure everything goes smoothly over the weekend. The event provides a great boost for the local economy, businesses and tourism and as a county we are looking forward to giving a warm welcome to the competitors and their supporters once again in June’

As part of the IRONMAN competition there will be temporary road closures in place on Sunday June 9 to ensure the safety of the competitors and spectators. You can find out more and plan ahead if need be by visiting www.ironman.com.

Rebecca Sutherland, Race Director said: “We are looking forward to delivering the fifth edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire. The 2019 event has its largest ever field and that is in part due to the work undertaken by the county and borough councils to make Staffordshire a first-class venue for visiting athletes. Improvements to the run course should improve the experience still further and I encourage everyone to come and join in the fun next month.”

For further details on the road closures please e-mail staffordshire70.3@ironmanroadaccess.com or call 03330 11 66 00.