Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may be crocked, but he will still be attending an Ironman competition in the West Midlands this weekend.
Ironman 70.3 will see the world’s toughest triathletes cross the finish line at the historic Shugborough estate in Staffordshire – and the region is bracing itself for a series of road closures and diversions.
Once again, the event will see competitors complete a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile half marathon, starting at Chasewater, passing through Cannock Chase before culminating at Shugborough, near Stafford.
Last year an estimated £1.4 million was spent on food and accommodation by competitors and a further £1m by spectators during the weekend. Hundreds of thousands of pounds was also raised for charity.
Last year celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana, world champion Javier Gomez and competitor Lucy Gossage lined up with more than 2,000 competitors for the inaugural event. But this year Ramsay will not be competing after rupturing his Achilles tendon.
However, he took to Facebook to tell fans that he would still be attending to cheer on the competitors.
He said on Facebook: “I will absolutely be there, cheering you on in Staffordshire!”
Kevin Stewart, managing director Ironman UK and Ireland, said: “Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire was a tremendous success last year, and local people really got into the spirit of cheering on the athletes as they passed by their towns and villages.
“We have dedicated spectator hotspots where people can sit back, relax, grab something to eat and soak up the atmosphere.”
More details about the event itself can be found at eu.ironman.com