With just over six weeks until the seventh edition of Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire in the UK, the organising team reports that registration numbers are at an all-time high. Close to 3,000 athletes are signed up to take on the event which is set for June 12, 2022. This year’s event also marks the first full capacity race since 2019, following disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the event’s cancellation in 2020 and a smaller athlete field in 2021. Current event registrations show a 6.7% increase from the 2019 edition of Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, the last event to take place prior to the onset of the pandemic, and a 4.4% increase from 2015 Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, the inaugural West Midlands race.
Rebecca Sutherland, Race Director for Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, said “IM 70.3 Staffordshire is our first race of the UK season and it’s inspiring to see record numbers registered to participate. We’re looking forward to welcoming back old and new athletes, and making that finish line feeling possible for even more participants at this year’s event. We’d like to thank Stafford County Council, Stafford Borough Council, and all the dedicated suppliers, staff, and volunteers that help make Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire a success year on year.”
So far, registered athletes will represent 55 different countries, with participants set to fly in from France, the United States, Poland, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands amongst others. The local community will also be out in force, with 173 Staffordshire-based athletes currently registered to race, and Stafford Triathlon Club sitting at the top of the Tri Club podium with 64 athletes.