Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help at the Ironman triathlon in Bolton on Sunday, July 22.
The race, which is supported by Bolton Council, attracts competitors from all over the world, and more than 1,500 athletes are set to compete this year.
And organisers are recruiting an army of volunteers to help ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.
Volunteers can help with:
- Bike catching – taking bikes from the athletes as they complete the bike course.
- Transition – helping athletes find their kit and also packing it away for them.
- Aid stations – helping athletes fuel their race by handing out drinks, gels or other food.
- Registration – athletes collect registration packs and timing chips.
- Road marshalling – ensuring that competitors can proceed safely whether cycling or running as well as being a point of contact for spectators viewing the event.
Now in its fourth year in Bolton, the competitors will start with a 2.4-mile swim in Pennington Flash; then cycle 112-miles through Rivington, Chorley and Adlington; and finish with running a marathon to Bolton town centre.
The race starts at 6am, and athletes have 17 hours to finish the gruelling course.
Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, said: “The volunteer crew at Ironman are such a huge part of the whole Ironman experience and they work at the very heart of the race. It is a fantastic day and as a volunteer you become a part of the athletes’ memories and experience.”
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport, Councillor Chris Peacock, added: “Ironman is now firmly on the map as one of Bolton’s top events. And as part of the council’s Year of Sport, we want volunteers to help showcase Bolton as one of the friendliest towns in the UK.
“Volunteering is a great way for locals to get involved in a major international sporting event taking place on their own doorstep. Last year’s event saw thousands of visitors and more than £2.5 million brought into the local economy. A large part of the event’s success was down to the hundreds of volunteers who helped on the day.”
Whilst the majority of volunteering opportunities are on race day, volunteers can also assist from the Thursday onwards, when competitors start to register for the event, through to the Monday when the Awards Ceremony takes place.
Ironman organisers are working with many local groups to provide volunteers, but are also on the lookout for individuals who want to join the team. There are jobs for all ages and abilities. Training will be provided and no previous experience is required.
For more information or to register as a volunteer go to the Ironman website or contact Ironman UK’s Volunteer Manager, Geoffrey Bennette.