Heartbreak as man dies after Ironman event as medical staff praised

The death of a race goer after the Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 event has sparked a wave of sorrow. Officials say that the man, who has not been named, required medical attention during the swimming portion of the event. The race also combined running and cycling.

And during the event yesterday, Sunday, June 12, one of the participants was rushed to hospital where he sadly died. In a post on Facebook shared yesterday evening, Ironman England said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a race participant at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire. During the swim portion of the race, safety personnel were alerted to an athlete requiring immediate medical attention.

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They added: “We thank the safety personnel and medical staff who worked quickly to provide the athlete with medical support.” And now readers have expressed their sadness at the news. Lynn said: “Condolences to all concerned, sad news.”

Karen added: “Condolences to the gentleman’s family and friends.” Kate wrote: “So very sad.” Julie Everitt added: “Heartbreaking to hear, poor family & friends. RIP.”

The course combined swimming, cycling and running and took place through Chasewater Country Park, Cannock Chase and Blithfield Reservoir.

It ended with a run heading into Stafford and finishing in the town centre.

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