Ironman 70.3 returned to Staffordshire following the debut race last year. Once again Rotary volunteers were on hand to help marshal the event, and to man the various feed stations along the route.
The ‘70.3’ refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, which consists of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments is half the distance of that segment in an Ironman triathlon.
And the Winners were...
The winner of the men’s race was Matt Trautman (South Africa) who completed the route in 3 hours 56 minutes and 28 seconds. Second placed Harry Wiltshire was the top placed Briton, some six minutes behind the winner. Both finished in a quicker time than the winner in 2015.
The UK went one step better in the women’s race though, with Lucy Gossage retaining the title she won last year. Her time was 4 hours, 33 minutes and 21 seconds.
As with most races there are many sub-groups, and the full race results are available on the Ironman website.
In return for marshaling the event, Rotary receives part of the funds raised for good causes by the Ironman event. Each Rotary Club which takes part gets a share of the total according to the number of volunteers provided. This money is then passed onto one or more good causes nominated by the clubs.
We won’t know the amount for 2016 for some time, but for last year’s race Rotary volunteers in total shared over £17,000.
Our 2015 Donations
The monies from 2015 were received by Rotary around the time of the 2016 race. Our club, Bloxwich Phoenix, have split the £719.60 we were allocated between three charities. These were Midland Air Ambulance, Acorns Hospice, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
For more pictures please visit our Facebook album for this event.
The 2016 Staffordshire 70.3 Route
The race began with the 1.2 mile swim, on Chasewater. The bike race followed, with the run completing the trio; routes for the bike race and the run are shown here: