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Residents and businesses reminded of event road closures ahead of IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire

Posted on Wednesday 25th May 2022

People and businesses are being reminded to check temporary road closure details for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire with just over a fortnight to go until the event.

Around 3,000 athletes will be taking part in the triathlon event on Sunday June 12. They will undertake a 1.2-mile reservoir swim at Chasewater Country Park, a meandering 56-mile bike course through the heart of the Staffordshire countryside and Cannock Chase AONB, and a 13.1-mile run alongside the River Sow and into Stafford town centre.

Chasewater Country Park will be closed to vehicles on Saturday June 11 from 8am until 6pm and Sunday June 12 from 4am until 10am.

The bike route will start at Chasewater before heading north of Burntwood and Lichfield, through Kings Bromley and Yoxall and then head towards Draycott-in-the-Clay. The route then turns west and south past Bagot’s Wood and Admaston towards Rugeley. Cyclists will turn onto Bower Lane, around roads on Cannock Chase and back before heading to Wolseley Bridge and into Stafford via Tixall.

Roads in Stafford affected include Tixall Road, Hatherton Street, Fairway, Riverway, Bridge Street, South Walls, Newport Road, Kingsway and Unicorn Way. Riverway will also be fully closed to traffic on Saturday June 11 from 8am until 6pm.

Spectator hotpots include Chasewater Country Park, Stafford town centre and Stafford Castle. There will be a free park and ride service for spectators from the New Beacon Sports and Fitness Club on the A518 Uttoxeter Road.

Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economy and skills Philip White said: “We’re delighted to see IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire return to the county this year and with more athletes than ever before. It means we can once again showcase Staffordshire to visitors from across the UK and the world.

“With just over a fortnight to go we want to ensure that local residents and businesses are fully aware of the road closure details and to plan any journey in advance. All details are on the IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire website.

“We hope plenty of people turn out to enjoy the event and look forward to welcoming athletes, their families and friends to Staffordshire over the event weekend.”

This year’s event marks the first full capacity race since 2019, following disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic which led to event cancellation in 2020 and a smaller athlete field in 2021.

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