Jonathan Ross joins Team Ramsay at Ironman 70.3 Staffs
Jonathan Ross joins Team Ramsay at Ironman 70.3 Staffs

Jonathan Ross set to race Ironman 70.3 Staffs

With middle distance tri just five months away, TV chatshow host says he’s ready to go

If you’re looking forward to lining up against Gordon Ramsay at the first Ironman 70.3 Staffs this June, here’s some good news – fellow TV celeb Jonathan Ross has joined his GR100 squad.

Asked on Twitter whether he’s ready for the half-iron distance race, Ross said: "I'm not going to train! I'm ready."

... to which Ramsay replied:

After missing out on Kona last year due to injury, Ramsay is aiming for the first 70.3 Staffs in a big way, and is putting together a squad of athletes that will be racing to raise money for the Gordon Ramsay Foundation.

They're not the only TV presenters racing in Staffs this summer, with Sky Sports News journo Charlie Webster also expected:

Back in 2009 Ross was challenged on-air by F1 driver Jenson Button to take part in the London Triathlon (watch the video here) – but didn’t go through with it.

A few years later, Ramsay appeared on the Jonathan Ross Show and challenged fellow chef Jamie Oliver to complete an Ironman, offering him a Michelin star if he managed it:

The first Ironman 70.3 Staffs will be held on 14th June at the historic Shugsborough country estate, and promises a very fast and flat course.

Have you already bagged a spot at Ironman 70.3 Staffs? Let us know in the comments!


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Oh god, "celebrity" shenanigans now pervades tri220!


Many an Ironman race has been decided upon over a few too many pints with friends - and often, with little to no experience these people go through with it (just!).  This could just as easily be the same case if you took away the celebrity status.

At least he'll have a support crew to get him to the start line (unlike jo blogs) and if he has the time to train (a lot!) over the next few months he'll get to finish it too.  I don't care that he's a celebrity myself.  Though he is raising the profile of our sport and hopefully it will help bring more people in wanting to have a go.

Also, it's for a charity don't forget so lets hope it makes lots of money for the cause.  Another reason to applaud him for having a go.  Good luck to all involved.

karl Budworth

He is not getting into our sport. He is paying ??300 to be part of Ramsay's team. Then has to raise at least ??300 for charity. In return he gets luxury hotel, dinners, coaching and equipment. Buying his way in a elite club. He has no interest in sport.


tried to get a place but obviously TV personalities take precedence , look forward to seeing Uber novice ross at Kona next year ........

karl Budworth

£300, ha. £3000 I ment.
Celebrities, who need em? :-/

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