Get some Iron, man – the 2019 triathlon hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday


Care for a dip? No, me neither…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 9th 2019), the fifth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire consists 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 13.1-mile run will start at Riverway, take athletes in and around the Stafford Town Centre before finishing in Market Square.

Read more at the organiser’s site here.

As a result of this Caccess to Chasewater will be limited on both Saturday and Sunday:

Chasewater Country Park and Pool Lane will be closed to vehicles on Saturday 9 June 08:00-18:00 and Sunday 10 June 04:00 – 10:00.

Pedestrians can access the Park at all times. A shuttle bus service will be operating on Sunday between Chasewater and Holland Park car park on both days.

Further information on accessing Chasewater Country Park and the shuttle bus service can be found on the website.

Since the event consists of running and cycling races too, there will be a series of road closures in Staffordshire throughout the day (details on the Ironman website here).

The routes affected around Chasewater. Image from the Ironman website. Click for a larger version.

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire have produced road closure maps with information for local residents to be aware of the safety closures which take place on the Sunday morning of the race. This should allow residents to plan their travel and minimise any impact from the event on their own plans. This may involve using alternative routes over the event weekend or adjusting journey times slightly.

Access for Emergency Services will be maintained at all times

Maps displaying all the road closures can be found on the event website here.

Please plan any travel in advance and be prepared to use alternative routes to minimise disruption to your journey.

More detailed closure information from the Ironman website. Click for a larger version.

There’s been lots of publicity for the event, and I’m interested in reader contributions on the day – photos, reviews etc.

A quick note to those same faces who every Ironman mail me, message me and otherwise complain about the early morning disturbance in the locality: Sorry, but I can’t fix it, can’t help and I fully support the event. The inconvenience is one day a year, relatively minor and over in a few hours.

Why not go watch it, or take the opportunity to get up early and go somewhere else?

Any complaints should be directed to the organisers here, I can’t and won’t do anything.

Best of luck to any readers competing!

Swimming in Chasewater at dawn? Rather you than me, pal. Image from Ironman UK.

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