The event started in 2015 and it quickly became the biggest Ironman 70.3 race in the UK. 8000 people take part each year which include athletes from all over the world. The event is a 1.2 mile swim at Chasewater, then a 56 mile bike ride around Staffordshire before finishing with a 13.1 mile run around Stafford Town Centre.
The event is estimated to bring in just under £3 million to the local economy:
- An estimated £1.4 million being spent on food and accommodation by competitors
- Spectators spending around £1 million
- Around £180,000 being spent with local suppliers who contribute to the successful running of the event
- An estimated £273,000 spent in the area on course recces and training camps throughout the whole year.
Figures from Staffordshire County Council
The event isn’t without it’s critics with some local businesses and residents claiming the road closures are are huge hinderance.
The list of road closures around Stafford for the 2022 Ironman have been sent out to locals. The event will take place on Sunday 12th June 2022 with the majority of the closures taking place between 08:30 and 17:30.
Major route closures include:
- Tixall Road towards Stafford (Westbound)
- Riverway will be fully closed both Saturday and Sunday
- Newport Road towards Stafford (Eastbound)
The majority of roads within the town centre are closed which include: Greengate Walk, Tipping Street, Eastgate Street, North Walls, South Walls, Salter Street, Mill Bank, Tenterbanks, South Street, Castle Street, Martin Drive, Unicorn Way, St Chads Place, Martin Street, Unicorn Way, Salter Street, Greengate Street, North Castle Street, Castle View, Castle Bank.
The train station can also only be accessed from Newport Road ONLY.
Full list below with map
Note: Documentation sent out by Ironman state the Guildhall Car Park will be open. Stafford FM have contacted the Guildhall and confirmed this is NOT the case and the car park remains closed indefinitely. Read our article about that here – Guildhall Carpark Closed Indefinitely – Stafford FM