IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is gearing up for a big showdown on Sunday, June 9th, 2019. We will see some of the UK’s best professional triathletes battle it out to be at the top of the podium. A repeat of the 2018 IRONMAN UK podium could be on the cards with the UK’s Emma Pallant and Elliot Smales, just two of the standout names in the women’s and men’s professional fields for the June 9th race in Staffordshire.
The professional women’s field is stacked with some very strong competitors, all who are set on a first place finish. Powerhouse Lucy Charles-Barclay, who dominated the 2019 IRONMAN African Championship and finished in first place, is ready to take on Staffordshire. Charles-Barclay, who placed second at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Champions in 2018, is one of the most powerful swimmers at IRONMAN races, and she is expected to be exit first out of the water. With her commanding swims and unwavering drive, Charles-Barclay should be one of the leaders throughout the Staffordshire course.
Last year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire winner, Emma Pallant, also had top of the podium finishes in Barcelona and Dun Laoghaire in her 2018 season and is ready to go head-to-head against Charles-Barclay this weekend. Although she saw some great finishes last year, Pallant is focused on making her 2019 season even better, with a goal of racing at this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice.
Another strong contender in the IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire race, is Czech Republic born, Radka Kahlefeldt. After giving birth to her daughter in 2018, Kahlefeldt has returned to professional triathlon racing and is ready to achieve her goal of winning the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Nice. Additionally, with a third-place finish at 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, Fenella Langridge, is ready to once again podium finish at this year’s race. Given her first-place finish at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona and amazing swimming speed, Langridge will be a very fierce competitor for Charles-Barclay in the swim leg.
The biggest competition will come from fellow Brits, Lucy Charles-Barclay and Emma Pallant. As the defending first place finisher, Pallant will have to hold off the powerful Charles-Barclay, who is known for being quick right from the gun.
The Professional men’s field is headlined by last year’s winner Elliot Smales, who had his first big win at the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire. Following this, Smales won three of the four IRONMAN 70.3 races on the 2018 UK & Ireland tour and has become a serious threat in the men’s field. As a strong swimmer, look to see Smales be one of the first to exit the swim in Staffordshire.
George Goodwin is also returning to race at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, and after a second-place finish, he will be looking to reach the top of the podium in 2019. In just his second full year as a professional triathlete, Goodwin has proven himself to be a fierce competitor by finishing third at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona. Fellow British racer, Will Clarke, will also add pressure to the men’s field, as he placed second on the podium, at this year’s IRONMAN Brazil. Clarke has earned his spot for Kona, with the goal of becoming the first British pro male to win the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii.
South African pro triathlete, James Cunnama, will be looking to use his amazing running strength while racing in Staffordshire. Finishing third at the 2019 IRONMMAN 70.3 African, Cunnama is looking to step it up at the 2019 Staffordshire race and utilise his natural talent for endurance races. Additionally, one to watch on the pro men’s start list is the 29-year-old Frenchman, Antony “Le Tigre” Costes. In 2018, Costes placed second in a tough field at the IRONMAN France and then won his race at the IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey event. With his fighter mind-set Costes will provide a threat in all components of the Staffordshire race, and he will look to push the pace when the opportunity arises.
From a spectator perspective, the fifth edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire will offer an exciting experience given the depth of professionals racing. Spectators in Stafford can look forward to watching the race from locations such as Victoria Square, Victoria Park, and Gaolgate Street. There are also numerous pubs along the course where spectators can enjoy the race atmosphere.
Alongside the strong professional field, over 2300 individual athletes and 44 relay teams from over 35 different countries are expected to line up at the fifth edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire on Sunday, 9 June 2019.
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Elliot Smales (GBR)
George Goodwin (GBR)
Will Clarke (GBR)
James Cunnama (ZAF)
Antony Costes (FRA)
Lucy Charles-Barlcay (GBR)
Emma Pallant (GBR)
Radka Kahlefeldt (CZE)
Fenella Langridges (GBR)